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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 143
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 8:50 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
In Camera
Michael Levitt, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Brian Hermon, Analyst
• Scott McTaggart, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That the Committee hold a meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of holding a briefing on the human rights situation in Russia.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee commenced its study of the global state of the free press.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.

It was agreed, — That the draft report be adopted.

It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: "The Canary in the Coalmine: Responding to Violations of Press Freedoms in Venezuela and Myanmar".

It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and analysts be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.

ORDERED, — That the Chair present the report to the House.

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.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.

It was agreed, — That the analysts prepare a second version of the report and that it be distributed in English only, with the understanding that the French translation will follow as soon as it is available.

At 9:44 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:48 a.m., the sitting resumed in a public and video recorded session.

• Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
• Marta Morgan, Deputy Minister
• Arun Thangaraj, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Planning, Finance and Information Technology
• Steve Verheul, Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the Main Estimates 2019-20: Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, L25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 under Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Vote 1 under International Development Research Centre and Vote 1 under International Joint Commission (Canadian Section) , referred to the Committee on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

The Chair called Vote 1 under Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

The Minister made a statement and answered questions.

At 10:45 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee