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Meeting No. 15
Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met in camera at 9:04 a.m. this day, in Room 308, West Block, the Chair, Merv Tweed, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Dennis Bevington, Lois Brown, Bonnie Crombie, Sukh Dhaliwal, Brian Jean, Mario Laframboise, Colin Mayes, Blake Richards and Merv Tweed.


Acting Members present: Yvon Lévesque for Roger Gaudet, Phil McColeman for Jeff Watson and Massimo Pacetti for Hon. Joseph Volpe.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: John Christopher, Analyst; Jean Dupuis, Analyst.


Witnesses: National Airlines Council of Canada: Laura Logan, Chair, Security and Facilitation Subcommittee; Lorne MacKenzie, Vice-Chair, Security and Facilitation Subcommittee.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

The Chair presented the Fourth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

Your Subcommittee met on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities adopt the following schedule of meetings through June 2010:

  • that the study of Bill C-442, the Holocaust Monument Memorial Act, be scheduled on May 13th, and that the sponsor of the Bill, Mr. Uppal, M.P., be invited to appear;
  • that the Bombardier site visit remain tentatively scheduled for May 25th;
  • that the study of the Main Estimates be scheduled for May 27th , and that the Ministers and officials from Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada be requested to appear;
  • that the study of the recall of vehicles manufactured by Toyota continue on June 1st with representatives of Toyota (including Mr. Beatty and a representative with technical knowledge of the Canadian and European brake pedal issue) and on June 3rd with representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation with knowledge of the Toyota Investigation;
  • that the study of the management and operations of Canada Post Corporation be scheduled for June 8th and that Purolator Courier Ltd be invited to appear, specifically the Chairman of the Board and President;
  • that the study of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund deadlines be scheduled on June 10th, 15th and 17th with umbrella organizations representing municipalities, and
  • that June 22nd be reserved for Committee Business, in particular to leave instructions for draft reports or other business with the Analyst and the Clerk.

2. That in relation to meetings scheduled on the Toyota study and the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund study, that Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada send relevant officials to attend these meetings, and that the officials be prepared to testify, if requested by the Committee.

3. That in relation to Toyota’s initial response to the questions raised by Brian Jean at the meeting of March 16, 2010, that the Clerk request a further response from Toyota including all pertinent documentation on the Canadian and European brake pedal issue and the related investigations (e.g. Notices to consumers, manufacturers, and regulators).


It was agreed, — That the report of the Subcommittee be concurred in.


At 9:10 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:13 a.m., the sitting resumed in public.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on March, 25, 2010, the Committee resumed its study of Aviation Safety and Security - Security Concerns.

Laura Logan made a statement and, with Lorne MacKenzie, answered questions.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That in relation to the Toyota study, the Clerk request from Toyota any missing or incomplete documents from the dossier presented by Transport Canada, as described in The New York Times article “Canada’s Doubts on Toyota” dated May 5, 2010, and that the documents be provided in both official languages.


At 10:48 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Bonnie Charron
Clerk of the Committee

2010/05/06 4:47 p.m.