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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 126
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 8:47 a.m. to 10:46 a.m.
Presiding
Michael Levitt, Chair (Liberal)

• Stephanie Kusie for Hon. Erin O'Toole (Conservative)
• Larry Maguire for Ziad Aboultaif (Conservative)
• Gagan Sikand for Frank Baylis (Liberal)
House of Commons
• Aimée Belmore, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Brian Hermon, Analyst
• Scott McTaggart, Analyst
International Development Research Centre
• Arjan de Haan, Interim Director , Inclusive Economies
Deveaux International Governance Consultants Inc.
• Kevin Deveaux, President
As individuals
• Thomas S. Axworthy, Public Policy Chair, Massey College, University of Toronto
• Pearl Eliadis, Human Rights Lawyer, Eliadis Law Office
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, December 10, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of Canada's role in international support for democratic development.

Arjan de Haan and Thomas S. Axworthy made statements and answered questions.

At 9:43 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:45 a.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That the Committee observe a moment of silence in memory of former Member of Parliament Paul Dewar.

Kevin Deveaux, by videoconference from Bangkok, Thailand, and Pearl Eliadis, by videoconference from Montréal, Québec, made statements and answered questions.

At 10:36 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:37 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

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

Your Subcommittee met on Monday, February 4, 2019, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the Committee study Bill S-240, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs), during the fourth week of February 2019.

2. That, in relation to the study of Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic, the Committee translate the recommendations and executive summary contained in the report into the relevant indigenous languages.

3. That, in relation to the study of Canada’s role in international support for democratic development, the proposed budget in the amount of $16,100 be adopted.

4. That the Committee meet with Rihards Kols, Chair of the Latvian Foreign Affairs Committee, upon his visit to Canada, and that the Chair prepare a letter of invitation in this regard.

5. That the Committee change the normal meeting time on Thursday, February 21, 2019, to 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., to facilitate meeting with Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

6. That the Committee undertake a two-meeting study of the current situation in Venezuela in the spring.

At 10:43 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:43 a.m., the sitting resumed.

The Committee members made statements in memory of Paul Dewar.

At 10:46 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee