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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 2
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 8:48 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.
Hon. Mark Eyking, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Alexandre Gauthier, Analyst
• Simon Richards, Analyst
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
• Susan Bincoletto, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development and Chief Trade Commissioner
• Kirsten Hillman, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Agreements and Negotiations
• David Morrison, Assistant Deputy Minister, Americas and Chief Development Officer
• Steve Verheul, Chief Trade Negotiator, Canada-European Union
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, February 4, 2016, the Committee proceeded to a briefing session on the priority trade issues for the Government of Canada, other than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Susan Bincoletto, Kirsten Hillman and David Morrison made satements and, with Steve Verheul, answered questions.

At 10:24 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:27 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee immediately undertake a pre-study of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP); that this pre-study consist of at least six meetings; that the committee travel across the country for hearings; that witnesses appear by videoconference when possible; and that the committee report its findings to the House.

It was agreed, — That, in relation to the pre-study of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), members of the Committee submit to the Clerk of the Committee, by Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 12:00 p.m., their lists of witnesses.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee hold a meeting within the next month to study the Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the United States.

At 10:48 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Rémi Bourgault
Clerk of the Committee