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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 74
Monday, October 16, 2017, 3:29 p.m. to 5:34 p.m.
Presiding
Robert Oliphant, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Madalina Chesoi, Acting Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

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

Your Subcommittee met on Monday, October 16, 2017, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That, notwithstanding the motion adopted by the Committee on September 26, 2017, the Committee host an informal lunch meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and that the Committee cover the costs of the hospitality incurred.

2. That the Chair be instructed to request an extension of one (1) week for the Order of Reference deadline regarding M-39: Immigration to Atlantic Canada.

3. That the Committee hold a briefing on resettlement issues related to Yezidi women and girls; that this briefing be comprised of two (2) meetings; and that the briefing take place immediately following the Committee’s study on Immigration to Atlantic Canada.

4. That the witness deadline for the briefing on resettlement issues related to Yezidi women and girls be 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

5. That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study of the federal government’s policies and guidelines regarding medical inadmissibility of immigrants, pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations as well as federal government policies and guidelines; that this study should include the exercise of discretion based on “excessive demand on health and social services” provisions; that this study should be comprised of no less than four meetings; that the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and IRCC department officials be in attendance for at least one of the meetings; that representatives of provincial and territorial governments be invited to provide evidence to the Committee with respect to the issue of excessive demand on health and social services; that the Committee report its findings to the House; and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response thereto.

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick
• Katherine d'Entremont, Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick
KEYS Job Centre
• Karl Flecker, Immigrant Employment Specialist
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
• Amanda McDougall, Councillor
Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce
• Penny Walsh McGuire, Executive Director
As an individual
• Herb Emery, Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, University of New Brunswick
• Roxanne Reeves, Author and Researcher, Intercultural Mentoring Specialist, University of New Brunswick
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Committee resumed its study on immigration to Atlantic Canada (M-39).

Herb Emery, by videoconference from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Karl Flecker and Roxanne Reeves made statements and answered questions.

At 4:34 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:36 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Penny Walsh McGuire, by teleconference from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Amanda McDougall and Katherine d'Entremont made statements and answered questions.

At 5:34 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee