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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 55
Monday, April 3, 2017, 3:29 p.m. to 6:13 p.m.
David Tilson, Vice-Chair (Conservative)

Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Madalina Chesoi, Acting Analyst
Inter-Connections Canada Inc.
• Alli Amlani, President
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office of Toronto
• Michelle Marie Dulanas
• Maria Esel Panlaqui, Settlement Worker
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
• Leslie Emory, Board Director
Canadian Bar Association
• Ravi Jain, Member, Immigration Law Section
• Kathleen Terroux, Lawyer, Legislation and Law Reform
Inter Clinic Immigration Working Group
• Jennifer Stone, Staff Lawyer, Neighbourhood Legal Services
House of Commons
• Philippe Dufresne, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the Committee resumed its study on immigration consultants.

Leslie Emory and Maria Esel Panlaqui made statements and, with Michelle Marie Dulanas, answered questions.

At 3:50 p.m., Borys Wrzesnewskyj took the Chair.

At 4:24 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:30 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Ravi Jain, Kathleen Terroux, Alli Amlani and Jennifer Stone made statements and answered questions.

At 5:20 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:23 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That the eleventh report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows, be concurred in as amended:

Your Subcommittee met on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the Committee host an informal meeting at the Parliamentary Restaurant with a delegation of five UK Parliamentarians on April 3, 2017, and use the hospitality budget to provide lunch.

2. That the Committee’s study on the 2011 LGBTQ Refugee Pilot Project take place immediately following the study on immigration consultants.

3. That two (2) extra meetings be added to the study on immigration consultants, and that one (1) hour be in camera if necessary and dedicated to hearing from victims of immigration consultants; and that a second hour be dedicated to further testimony from representatives of the ICCRC.

4. That the Committee’s study on immigration to Atlantic Canada take place immediately following the study on the 2011 LGBTQ Refugee Pilot Project.

5. That the Committee’s study on immigration to Atlantic Canada consist of ten (10) meetings, with one (1) meeting dedicated to departmental and provincial officials, eight (8) meetings dedicated to witnesses, and one (1) meeting dedicated to the draft report.

6. That the witnesses for the study on immigration to Atlantic Canada be scheduled following the standard practice of the Committee – three (3) witnesses per one (1) hour panel, divided proportionally amongst the parties. The witness allotment would consist of twenty nine (29) witnesses for the Liberal Party, fourteen (14) witnesses for the Conservative Party, and five (5) witness for the New Democratic Party.

Philippe Dufresne made a statement and answered questions.

It was agreed, — That the Chair of the Committee contact the Board of Directors of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) to ask for clarification regarding the content of the March 22, 2017 Resolution of the Board.

At 6:13 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee