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Meeting No. 69
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development met at 11:06 a.m. this day, in Room 306, La Promenade Building, the Chair, Dean Allison, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Dean Allison, Lois Brown, Bob Dechert, Paul Dewar, Hon. Mark Eyking, Nina Grewal, Ève Péclet, Gary Ralph Schellenberger, Dave Van Kesteren and John Williamson.


Acting Members present: Dennis Bevington for Hélène Laverdière, Tarik Brahmi for Romeo Saganash, Rick Dykstra for Lois Brown and Ed Holder for Bob Dechert.


Other Members present: Hon. Carolyn Bennett.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: James Lee, Analyst; Allison Goody, Analyst.


Witnesses: Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada): Duane Smith, President.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on February 1, 2012, the Committee resumed its study of Canada's Arctic Foreign Policy.

Paul Dewar gave notice of the following motion:

That, as part of its study on Canada's objectives at the Arctic Summit, the Committee invite Ambassadors of Arctic Council member states to present their governments' priorities for the Arctic to the Committee through appearing before the committee or making a written submission.


Duane Smith, by videoconference from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, made a statement and answered questions.


At 12:01 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:04 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That, in relation to the study on the Organization of American States (OAS) and Canada's Engagement in the Americas, the clerk prepare a budget for travel to Washington, District of Columbia, in the early spring.


It was agreed, — That the Committee provide drafting instructions for a report on Canada's Foreign Arctic Policy during the second hour of the meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.


It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $4,000, for the briefings on the situation in Mali, be adopted.


It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study on the situation of Jewish refugees from Middle Eastern nations; that the Committee hold two meetings on the matter; and that following completion of this study, the Committee reports its findings back to the House.


It was agreed, — That the Committee study the Main Estimates.


At 12:47 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2013/03/20 9:47 a.m.