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Meeting No. 76
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development met in camera 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, Hélène Laverdière, Ève Péclet, Romeo Saganash, Gary Ralph Schellenberger and John Williamson.


Acting Members present: Dennis Bevington for Romeo Saganash and Bev Shipley for Dave Van Kesteren.


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


Appearing: Hon. Diane Ablonczy, P.C., M.P., Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs); Hon. John Baird, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Witnesses: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Morris Rosenberg, Deputy Minister; William Crosbie, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Security Officer, Consular Services and Emergency Management Branch; Nadir Patel, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Planning, Finance and Human Resources.

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.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.


It was agreed, — That the draft report, as amended, be adopted.


It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: "Canada and the Arctic Council: An Agenda for Regional Leadership".


It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and analysts be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.


It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.


ORDERED, — That the Chair present the report to the House.


It was agreed, — That the Committee append to its report a supplementary opinion, immediately after the signature of the Chair, provided that it is no more than one page in length and be submitted electronically, in both official languages, to the Clerk of the Committee, no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $7,100, for the study of the Situation of Jewish Refugees from Middle Eastern Nations, be adopted.


At 11:37 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:01 p.m., the sitting resumed in a public and video-recorded session.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the Main Estimates 2013-14: Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 25, 30, L35, L40, 45 and 50 under FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE referred to the Committee on Monday, February 25, 2013.



The Ministers made statements and, with Morris Rosenberg, answered questions.


At 1:02 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2013/05/10 3:29 p.m.