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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 133
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 8:52 a.m. to 10:47 a.m.
Televised
Presiding
Irene Mathyssen, Vice-Chair (NDP)

Library of Parliament
• Clare Annett, Analyst
• Dominique Montpetit, Analyst
As individuals
• Madeleine Bélanger
• Catherine Twinn, Lawyer
Association québécoise de défense des droits des personnes retraitées et préretraitées
• Luce Bernier, President
• Geneviève Tremblay-Racette, Director
CARP
• Wanda Morris, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, West Coast
• Laura Kadowaki, Policy Researcher, West Coast
Réseau FADOQ
• Danis Prud'homme, General Manager, Provincial Secretariat
• Philippe Poirier-Monette, Collective Rights Advisor, Provincial Secretariat
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of challenges faced by senior women with a focus on the factors contributing to their poverty and vulnerability.

Luce Bernier and Danis Prud'homme made statements and answered questions.

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

Motion

Rachael Harder moved, — That the Committee invite the Minister for Women and Gender Equality to brief the Committee on her new mandate, given that Status of Women Canada has changed to the Department for Women and Gender Equality, no later than Thursday, April 4, 2019, and that this meeting be no less than one hour in length and be televised.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Salma Zahid moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “to brief the Committee on her new mandate, given that Status of Women Canada has changed to the Department for Women and Gender Equality, no later than Thursday, April 4, 2019, that this meeting be no less than one hour in length and be televised” with the words “and relevant departmental officials to appear on Thursday, March 21, 2019, for the consideration of the subject matter of the Supplementary Estimates (B) 2018-19, and the Interim Estimates 2019-20, and to brief the Committee on the mandate of the Department for Women and Gender Equality”.

Debate arose thereon.

Subamendment

Rachael Harder moved, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the words “Department for Women and Gender Equality” the words: “and that the meeting be no less than two hours in length”.

The question was put on the subamendment of Rachael Harder and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 2; NAYS: 5.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Salma Zahid and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 2.

The debate on the motion, as amended, continued.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Bob Bratina, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Eva Nassif, Sonia Sidhu, Salma Zahid — 5;

NAYS: Rachael Harder, K. Kellie Leitch — 2.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee invite the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and relevant departmental officials to appear on Thursday, March 21, 2019, for the consideration of the subject matter of the Supplementary Estimates (B) 2018-19, and the Interim Estimates 2019-20, and to brief the Committee on the mandate of the Department for Women and Gender Equality.

At 9:55 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:59 a.m., the sitting resumed.

As individuals
• Madeleine Bélanger
• Catherine Twinn, Lawyer
Association québécoise de défense des droits des personnes retraitées et préretraitées
• Luce Bernier, President
• Geneviève Tremblay-Racette, Director
CARP
• Wanda Morris, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, West Coast
• Laura Kadowaki, Policy Researcher, West Coast
Réseau FADOQ
• Danis Prud'homme, General Manager, Provincial Secretariat
• Philippe Poirier-Monette, Collective Rights Advisor, Provincial Secretariat
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of challenges faced by senior women with a focus on the factors contributing to their poverty and vulnerability.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the Committee routine motion on the distribution of documents, adopted on Thursday, February 4, 2016, Catherine Twinn be allowed to display two videos and her PowerPoint presentation to the Committee in English only.

At 10:05 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:11 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Wanda Morris, by videoconference from Surrey, British Columbia, and Laura Kadowaki, by videoconference from Surrey, British Columbia, made statements.

Madeleine Bélanger, by videoconference from Québec, Quebec, and Catherine Twinn made statements and answered questions.

At 10:47 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Kenza Gamassi
Clerk of the Committee