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Meeting No. 46
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development met at 3:37 p.m. this day, in Room 268, La Promenade Building, the Chair, Mark Warawa, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Stella Ambler, François Choquette, Kirsty Duncan, Megan Anissa Leslie, James Lunney, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, Michelle Rempel, Robert Sopuck, Lawrence Toet, Mark Warawa and Stephen Woodworth.


Acting Members present: Laurin Liu for François Pilon and Ted Opitz for Stella Ambler.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Penny Becklumb, Analyst.


Witnesses: Department of the Environment: Virginia Poter, Director General, Canadian Wildlife Service. Parks Canada: Andrew Campbell, Vice-President, External Relations and Visitor Experience.


Kirsty Duncan moved, — That, because the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) has been providing public policy makers both within Canada and around the world with exceptional and unique research for over 40 years in areas such as freshwater ecosystems, and given the impending timeline in which the government will decide whether to remediate, shutter, or transfer the ELA to a third party, the Committee immediately study the ELA, the research done onsite, its impacts on public policy, and the potential consequences of closing, remediating, or transferring the ELA to a third party.


Michelle Rempel moved, — That the Committee proceed to sit in camera.


The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 5.


At 3:38 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:39 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.


At 3:39 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:40 p.m., the sitting resumed in public.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, October 1, 2012, the Committee commenced its study of urban conservation practices in Canada.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 5:32 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Marie-France Renaud
Clerk of the Committee

2012/10/18 11:04 a.m.