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Meeting No. 58
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities met in camera at 3:29 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Phil McColeman, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Scott Armstrong, Ray Boughen, Brad Butt, Rodger Cuzner, Jim Eglinski, Colin Mayes, Phil McColeman, Marie-Claude Morin and Jinny Jogindera Sims.


Acting Members present: Robert Chisholm for Sadia Groguhé.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Caroline Quesnel, Analyst; Shauna Troniak, Analyst.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, February 5, 2015, the Committee resumed its study on exploring the potential of social finance in Canada.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.


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


It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: "Exploring the Potential of Social Finance in Canada".


It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and analyst 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 dissenting opinions and supplementary opinions, immediately after the signature of the Chair, provided that they are no more than 15% of the length of the report, provided in 12 point Arial font, justified single space, and submitted electronically, in both official languages, to the Clerk of the Committee, no later than 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

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

It was agreed, — That the following correspondence from Tuesday, December 16, 2014 between the Hon. Jason Kenney and the Hon. Justice Douglas Rutherford be appended to the Evidence of the meeting of Thursday, November 27, 2014:

“Dear Justice Rutherford:

Thank you for your letter of December 8, 2014, regarding the work accomplished by the Pension Appeals Board (PAB).

A member of my staff recently spoke to you to clarify that, when I referred to a backlog from the PAB inherited by the Social Security Tribunal (SST), I meant to refer to the backlog from the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunal (OCRT) that the SST faced as it began operations.

In your capacity as Chairman of the PAB, you led a competent and professional effort to reduce, as much as feasible, the number of files that would move to the SST for their finalization. I want to thank you for the significant achievement, and I regret any concerns that my comments may have caused.

I hope that this information is helpful in addressing your concerns.


The Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP

Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism.”.


At 4:14 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jessica Kulka
Clerk of the Committee

2015/07/21 3:51 p.m.