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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 70
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 11:03 a.m. to 12:33 p.m.
Presiding
Hon. Robert D. Nault, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Jean-Marie David, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Brian Hermon, Analyst
• Scott McTaggart, Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the Committee proceeded to the election of a Vice-Chair.

On motion of Peter Van Loan, it was agreed, — That Hon. Erin O'Toole be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee.

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

The Chair presented the Fifteenth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure. The Report reads as follows:

1. That the draft "Schedule of Meetings" for September to December be agreed to as a draft calendar for the Committee's work schedule.

2. That the Committee hear from Minister Bibeau in relation to the study on the Development Financing Initiative for one hour on Thursday, September 28th, 2017.

3. That the Committee travel to Mexico, New York City and Washington, D.C. from October 22 to 28, 2017.

4. That the Committee have a briefing with officials from Global Affairs Canada in relation to the trip to Mexico, New York City and Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 19th, 2017.

5. That the Committee commences a study on consular affairs, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 pursuant to a motion adopted on February 9, 2017, and that Members be invited to submit lists of possible witnesses to the Clerk's office.

6. That as soon as Bill C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments), is referred to the Committee, a study of the Bill be commenced and pursuant to a motion adopted by the Committee on December 14, 2017, a maximum of six meetings be held to study the bill.

7. That a draft study plan for a study on Canada's engagement in Asia be redistributed.

8. That the Committee travel to China, Vietnam and Indonesia from November 26th to December 6th, 2017, in relation to the study on Canada’s engagement in Asia.

9. That, members meet with Julio Borges, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, for one hour.

10. That the Committee meet with Ojärs Kalnins, the Chair of the Latvian Foreign Affairs Committee, on Tuesday, October 31th, 2017, for one hour.

11. That the Committee meet with Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, on Tuesday, October 31th, 2017, for one hour.

12. That the Chair arranges a meeting with Paul Farmer, head of Partners in Health, on Tuesday, Oct 31st, 2017, to be held in the Chair's office.

13. That in relation to the study of Canada's engagement in Asia, the proposed budget in the amount of $27,100.00, be adopted.

14. That the Committee adopt a budget for a contract of service in the amount of $3,500.00, to design a special cover for the report related to the study on the situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 years after the end of the Cold War.

15. That the Committee adopt a budget for a contract of service in the amount of $3,500.00, to design a special cover for the report related to the study of Canada’s Development Finance Initiative.

16. That the Committee adopt a budget for a contract of service in the amount of $3,500.00, to design a special cover for the report related to the study of Canada's engagement in Asia.

It was agreed, — That the Subcommittee Report be amended by deleting point #9 due to the unavailability of Julio Borges on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

On motion of Peter Van Loan, it was agreed, — That the Subcommittee report be amended by decreasing the amount requested in each of the budgets mentionned in points #14, 15 and 16 from $3,500.00 to $400.00.

That the Report, as amended, be concurred in and now read as follows:

1. That the draft "Schedule of Meetings" for September to December be agreed to as a draft calendar for the Committee's work schedule.

2. That the Committee hear from Minister Bibeau in relation to the study on the Development Financing Initiative for one hour on Thursday, September 28th, 2017.

3. That the Committee travel to Mexico, New York City and Washington, D.C. from October 22 to 28, 2017.

4. That the Committee have a briefing with officials from Global Affairs Canada in relation to the trip to Mexico, New York City and Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 19th, 2017.

5. That the Committee commences a study on consular affairs, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 pursuant to a motion adopted on February 9, 2017, and that Members be invited to submit lists of possible witnesses to the Clerk's office.

6. That as soon as Bill C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments), is referred to the Committee, a study of the Bill be commenced and pursuant to a motion adopted by the Committee on December 14, 2017, a maximum of six meetings be held to study the bill.

7. That a draft study plan for a study on Canada's engagement in Asia be redistributed.

8. That the Committee travel to China, Vietnam and Indonesia from November 26th to December 6th, 2017, in relation to the study on Canada’s engagement in Asia.

9. That the Committee meet with Ojärs Kalnins, the Chair of the Latvian Foreign Affairs Committee, on Tuesday, October 31th, 2017, for one hour.

10. That the Committee meet with Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, on Tuesday, October 31th, 2017, for one hour.

11. That the Chair arranges a meeting with Paul Farmer, head of Partners in Health, on Tuesday, Oct 31st, 2017, to be held in the Chair's office.

12. That in relation to the study of Canada's engagement in Asia, the proposed budget in the amount of $27,100.00, be adopted.

13. That the Committee adopt a budget for a contract of service in the amount of $400.00, to design a special cover for the report related to the study on the situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 years after the end of the Cold War.

14. That the Committee adopt a budget for a contract of service in the amount of $400.00, to design a special cover for the report related to the study of Canada’s Development Finance Initiative.

15. That the Committee adopt a budget for a contract of service in the amount of $400.00, to design a special cover for the report related to the study of Canada's engagement in Asia.

At 11:17 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:17 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and the motion adopted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the Committee resumed its study of the situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 years after the end of the Cold War.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.

At 12:33 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Angela Crandall
Clerk of the Committee