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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 62
Monday, May 29, 2017, 3:29 p.m. to 6:54 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Chair (Liberal)

• Serge Cormier (Liberal)
• Nick Whalen (Liberal)
Library of Parliament
• Madalina Chesoi, Acting Analyst
Government of New Brunswick
• Hon. Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
• Charles Ayles, Assistant Deputy Minister, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Population Growth Division
Government of Prince Edward Island
• Hon. Sonny Gallant, Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning
• Abbey MacPherson, Director and Senior Operations Manager, Office of Immigration
• Neil Stewart, Deputy Minister, Workforce and Advanced Learning
Department of Citizenship and Immigration
• Laurie Hunter, Director, Economic Immigration Policy and Programs
• Ümit Kiziltan, Director General, Research and Evaluation
• Corinne Prince, Director General, Integration and Foreign Credentials Referral Office
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Committee commenced its study on immigration to Atlantic Canada (M-39).

Laurie Hunter made a statement and, with Ümit Kiziltan and Corinne Prince, answered questions.

Motion

Shannon Stubbs moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee invite the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship to appear before committee and explain discrepancies between government claims that closing the Vegreville immigration processing centre was done for budgetary reasons and the new information showing that it was not.

Motion

Marwan Tabbara moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

YEAS: Gary Anandasangaree, René Arseneault, Darrell Samson, Marwan Tabbara, Salma Zahid — 5;

NAYS: Jenny Kwan, Michelle Rempel, Shannon Stubbs, David Tilson — 4.

Motion

Jenny Kwan moved, — That the Committee resume debate on the motion moved by Jenny Kwan on Monday, April 10, 2017.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Jenny Kwan, Michelle Rempel, Shannon Stubbs, David Tilson — 4;

NAYS: Gary Anandasangaree, René Arseneault, Darrell Samson, Marwan Tabbara, Salma Zahid — 5.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 4:35 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:39 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Hon. Donald Arseneault and Hon. Sonny Gallant made statements and, with Charles Ayles and Neil Stewart, answered questions.

At 5:34 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:38 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Department of Citizenship and Immigration
• David Cashaback, Director, Immigration Branch
• Michael MacDonald, Director General, Immigration Program Guidance
• Christopher Meyers, Director General, Finance
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.

David Cashaback, Michael MacDonald and Chris Meyers answered questions.

At 6:18 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:20 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The Committee proceeded to give drafting instructions to the analysts for a report.
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $39,450.00, for the study on immigration to Atlantic Canada (M-39), be adopted.

At 6:54 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee