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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 74
Monday, October 30, 2017, 3:30 p.m. to 5:31 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Bob Zimmer (Conservative)

• Hon. Tony Clement for Hon. Peter Kent (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Chloé Forget, Analyst
• Maxime-Olivier Thibodeau, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Motion

Nathan Cullen moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(vi), the Committee undertake a study of the Conflict of Interest Act and how it relates to public office holders; that the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner be invited to discuss her 2013 recommendations provided in the context of the five-year review of the Act; that the Finance Minister be invited to explain decisions he has made in accordance with the Conflict of Interest Act; and that this study begin as soon as possible.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “that the Finance Minister be invited to explain decisions he has made in accordance with the Conflict of Interest Act; and that this study begin as soon as possible” with the words “and that this study begin in January or February 2018”.

The question was put on the amendment of Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Frank Baylis, Nathan Cullen, Emmanuel Dubourg, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Mona Fortier, Jacques Gourde, Peter Kent, Michel Picard, Raj Saini — 9;

NAYS: — 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(vi), the Committee undertake a study of the Conflict of Interest Act and how it relates to public office holders; that the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner be invited to discuss her 2013 recommendations provided in the context of the five-year review of the Act; and that this study begin in January or February 2018.

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

YEAS: Frank Baylis, Nathan Cullen, Emmanuel Dubourg, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Mona Fortier, Jacques Gourde, Peter Kent, Michel Picard, Raj Saini — 9;

NAYS: — 0.

Canada Border Services Agency
• Robert Mundie, Acting Vice-President, Corporate Affairs Branch
• Dan Proulx, Director, Access to Information and Privacy Division
Department of Citizenship and Immigration
• Michael Olsen, Director General, Corporate Affairs
• Audrey White, Director, Access to Information and Privacy Division
Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association
• Pierre Bienvenu, Lawyer, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
Canadian Union of Public Employees
• Robert Ramsay, Senior Research Officer, Research
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-58, Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Robert Mundie and Michael Olsen made statements and, with Dan Proulx and Audrey White, answered questions.

At 4:31 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

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

Pierre Bienvenu and Robert Ramsay made statements and answered questions.

At 5:31 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Hugues La Rue
Clerk of the Committee