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Meeting No. 26
Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met in camera at 11:08 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Merv Tweed, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Lois Brown, Hon. Gerry Byrne, Sukh Dhaliwal, Roger Gaudet, Michel Guimond, Brian Jean, Colin Mayes, Hon. John McCallum, Brad Trost, Merv Tweed and Jeff Watson.


Acting Members present: Olivia Chow for Dennis Bevington.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: John Christopher.

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

The Chair presented the Fifth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.


It was agreed, — That the Fifth Report of the Subcommittee, as amended, be concurred in. The report read as follows:

1. That the Committee immediately hold two or more meetings to complete the Committee’s study of the Government of Canada’s deadline of March 31, 2011, for completion of projects under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program, and that the Committee review a draft report and report its findings to the House of Commons at the conclusion of these meetings; and that the meetings include a briefing by departmental officials and invitations to provincial associations of municipalities including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

2. That the new Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities be invited to appear on either October 26 or 28, 2010, depending on his schedule, to discuss his vision and priorities for the portfolio.

3. That the Committee re-schedule the visit to Bombardier in La Pocatière for the study of high speed rail, and that the Clerk prepare a budget in consultation with the Chair, for consideration by the Committee at its next meeting.


It was agreed, — That the Committee commence a study of the number, costs, and rationale for Government of Canada Economic Action Plan signs for infrastructure projects, including a comparison of previous federal governments and other levels of government within the past fifteen years, and that the witness list include, but not be limited to:

• officials from the Privy Council Office;

• officials from Infrastructure Canada; and

That the Committee report its findings to the House of Commons.


The Clerk received a notice of motion.


It was agreed, — That the Chair consult with all parties and inform the Clerk of the Orders of the Day for the Committee’s meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.


At 12:18 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Bonnie Charron
Clerk of the Committee

2010/10/20 3:33 p.m.