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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 142
Monday, February 4, 2019, 3:29 p.m. to 5:47 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Robert Oliphant, Chair (Liberal)

• Frank Baylis for Larry Maguire (Liberal)
• Sylvie Boucher for Larry Maguire (Conservative)
• Sean Casey for Nick Whalen (Liberal)
Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Isabelle Lafontaine-Émond, Analyst
The Refugee Centre
• Abdulla Daoud, Executive Director
• Amr Mourad, Developer, DevBloc Social Innovation Catalyst
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
• Brian Dyck, National Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator
Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia
• Jocelyne Hamel, Executive Director, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association
• Jess Hamm, Executive Director
The Neighbourhood Organization
• Ahmed Hussein, Executive Director
MOSAIC
• Olga Stachova, Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of settlement services across Canada.

Jocelyne Hamel, by videoconference from Vancouver, British Columbia, Jess Hamm, by videoconference from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Ahmed Hussein made statements and answered questions.

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

Motion

Michelle Rempel moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Orders 108(1)(a) and 108(2), the Committee meet jointly with the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to study whether gaps in the process of the security screening for persons entering Canada have arisen over the last three years, both at official points of entry and between points of entry, to identify the causes and impacts of these gaps, and propose potential solutions; that departmental officials and Ministers from both Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness be present for at least one meeting; that officials and elected representatives from the United States federal Congress and Senate be invited to attend; that these meetings be held before March 1st, 2019; that the Committee report its findings to the House; and that Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response thereto.

Amendment

Jenny Kwan moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “that departmental officials and Ministers from both Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness be present for at least one meeting” by the words “to examine resources and tools provided for security screening; to examine accountability mechanisms for departments tasked with security screening, including the Canada Border Services Agency; and that department officials from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Immigration and Refugee Board be included as officials to be invited to come to the Committee”.

Debate arose thereon.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Jenny Kwan and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 5.

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

YEAS: Sylvie Boucher, Michelle Rempel, David Tilson — 3;

NAYS: Ramez Ayoub, Frank Baylis, Randeep Sarai, Marwan Tabbara, Salma Zahid — 5.

At 5:07 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:11 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of settlement services across Canada.

Brian Dyck, Olga Stachova and Abdulla Daoud made statements and answered questions.

At 5:47 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Evelyn Lukyniuk
Clerk of the Committee