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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 116
Monday, July 16, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Robert Oliphant, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the request by four members of the Committee to undertake a study of the federal government’s response to the impact of increased asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States.

Motion

Michelle Rempel moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration undertake a study to review the adequacy of the federal government’s response to the impact of increased asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States; that the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship appear before the Committee for the purposes of this study; that this study be comprised of at least two meetings; and that this study be completed by no later than Friday, August 3, 2018.

Amendment

Gary Anandasangaree moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “adequacy of the federal government’s response to the impact of increased asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States” by the words “impact of irregular border crossing at Canada’s southern border, including on some provinces and municipalities” and by adding after the word “Citizenship”, the words “, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development”.

Michelle Rempel raised a point of order regarding the admissibility of the proposed amendment.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The Chair ruled that the amendment was admissible.

Whereupon, David Tilson appealed the decision of the Chair.

The question: "Shall the decision of the Chair be sustained?" was put and was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Leona Alleslev, Gary Anandasangaree, Jenny Kwan, Randeep Sarai, Marwan Tabbara, Nick Whalen — 6;

NAYS: Larry Maguire, Michelle Rempel, David Tilson — 3.

The debate continued.

At 2:00 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 2:05 p.m., the sitting resumed.

At 2:05 p.m., Michelle Rempel took the Chair.

At 2:05 p.m., Rob Oliphant took the Chair.

The debate continued on the amendment.

Subamendment

Jenny Kwan moved, — That the amendment be amended by adding the words “and the government response to” after the words “review the impact of”.

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Jenny Kwan and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

Subamendment

Jenny Kwan moved, — That the amendment be amended by deleting, in the English version, the words “be invited to”.

The question was put on the subamendment of Jenny Kwan and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 8; NAYS: 1.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Gary Anandasangaree, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Leona Alleslev, Gary Anandasangaree, Jenny Kwan, Randeep Sarai, Marwan Tabbara, Nick Whalen — 6;

NAYS: Larry Maguire, Michelle Rempel, David Tilson — 3.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Leona Alleslev, Gary Anandasangaree, Jenny Kwan, Larry Maguire, Michelle Rempel, Randeep Sarai, Marwan Tabbara, David Tilson, Nick Whalen — 9;

NAYS: — 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration undertake a study to review the impact of and the government response to irregular border crossing at Canada’s southern border, including on some provinces and municipalities; that the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development appear before the Committee for the purposes of this study; that this study be comprised of at least two meetings; and that this study be completed by no later than Friday, August 3, 2018.

It was agreed, — That members of the Committee submit their lists of prioritized witnesses to the Clerk of the Committee no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Motion

Michelle Rempel moved, — That the three ministers invited to appear in relation to the study of the impact of irregular crossing of Canada’s southern border be each given one hour to testify.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Jenny Kwan, Larry Maguire, Michelle Rempel, David Tilson — 4;

NAYS: Leona Alleslev, Gary Anandasangaree, Randeep Sarai, Marwan Tabbara, Nick Whalen — 5.

At 3:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Jean-Denis Kusion
Committee Clerk