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Meeting No. 41
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Standing Committee on International Trade met at 10:59 a.m. this day, in Room 306, La Promenade Building, the Chair, the Hon. Rob Merrifield, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Ron Cannan, Don Davies, Hon. Wayne Easter, Russ Hiebert, Gerald Keddy, Hon. Rob Merrifield, Annick Papillon, Jasbir Sandhu, Bev Shipley and Devinder Shory.


Acting Members present: Raymond Côté for Marc-André Morin, Hon. Mark Eyking for Hon. Wayne Easter, Costas Menegakis for Ed Holder and Ève Péclet for Annick Papillon.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: June Dewetering, Chief, Macroeconomics and Trade; Alexandre Gauthier, Analyst.


Witnesses: As an individual: Ken Ilasz, Owner, Boulanger Bassin Bed and Breakfast. Factors Group of Nutritional Companies Inc.: John Tak, Vice-President, International Business. Grain Farmers of Ontario: Henry Van Ankum, Chair; Erin Fletcher, Manager, Public Affairs and Communication. Government of British Columbia: Dana Hayden, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation; Don D. White, Executive Director, Trade Initiatives Branch, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation; Janna Jessee, Manager, Trade Policy, Trade Initiatives Branch, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, the Committee resumed its study of a comprehensive and high-level economic partnership agreement (EPA) with Japan.

Ken Ilasz and John Tak made statements and answered questions.


At 11:52 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:58 a.m., the sitting resumed.


Henry Van Ankum, by videoconference from Guelph, Ontario, and Dana Hayden, by videoconference from Victoria, British Columbia, made statements and, with Erin Fletcher, by videoconference from Guelph, Ontario, answered questions.

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

On motion of Bev Shipley, it was agreed, — That in relation to the study of the report on the operation of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, the proposed budget in the amount of $13,700, be adopted.


At 12:56 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Paul Cardegna
Clerk of the Committee

2012/06/07 11:49 a.m.