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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 125
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 3:31 p.m. to 6:34 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Wayne Easter, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Suzie Cadieux, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Andrew Barton, Analyst
As an individual
• Ian Lee, Associate Professor, Carleton University
Canadian Labour Congress
• Hassan Yussuff, President
• Vicky Smallman, National Director, Women's and Human Rights
Canadian Union of Public Employees
• Elizabeth Dandy, Director of Equality
• Chandra Pasma, Senior Research Officer
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
• Benjamin Davis, National Vice-President
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
• Michael McDonald, Executive Director
Portfolio Management Association of Canada
• Katie Walmsley, President
• Eric Adelson, Head of Legal - Canada, Invesco
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
• Kate McInturff, Senior Researcher, National Office
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
• Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice-President, National Affairs and Partnerships
MaRS Discovery District
• Cory Mulvihill, Lead Executive, Policy and Public Affairs
Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario
• Theresa Agnew, Chief Executive Officer
• Dawn Tymianski, Director
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-63, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures.

Ian Lee, Hassan Yussuff, Chandra Pasma, Elizabeth Dandy, Benjamin Davis, Katie Walmsley, and Eric Adelson made statements and, with Vicky Smallman, answered questions.

At 4:58 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:04 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Michael McDonald, Kate McInturff, Corinne Pohlmann, Cory Mulvihill, and Theresa Agnew made statements and answered questions.

At 5:44 p.m., the Hon. Pierre Poilievre took the Chair.

At 5:52 p.m., the Hon. Wayne Easter took the Chair.

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

Motion

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That, given ongoing media revelations that could implicate some Canadians in aggressive tax avoidance or tax evasion, the Committee invite Stephen Bronfman, Revenue Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada; and Leo Kolber, former Senator and former chief fundraiser for the Liberal Party of Canada, to appear before the Standing Committee on Finance before November 30, 2017, to answer questions relating to their offshore assets in jurisdictions that are considered to be tax havens.

Motion

Jennifer O'Connell moved, — That the debate on the motion be now adjourned.

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

YEAS: Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Michael V. McLeod, Jennifer O'Connell, Francesco Sorbara — 5;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Tom Kmiec, Pierre Poilievre — 4.

Motion

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That the Committee resume consideration of the motion at the earliest opportunity.

Debate arose thereon.

Motion

Greg Fergus moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

YEAS: Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Michael V. McLeod, Jennifer O'Connell, Francesco Sorbara — 5;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Tom Kmiec, Pierre Poilievre — 4.

Motion

Pierre Poilievre moved, — That, given ongoing media revelations that could implicate some Canadians in aggressive tax avoidance or tax evasion, the Committee invite Stephen Bronfman, Revenue Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada; and Leo Kolber, former Senator and former chief fundraiser for the Liberal Party of Canada, to appear before the Standing Committee on Finance before November 25, 2017, to answer questions relating to their offshore assets in jurisdictions that are considered to be tax havens.

Motion

Greg Fergus moved, — That the meeting be now adjourned.

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

YEAS: Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Michael V. McLeod, Jennifer O'Connell, Francesco Sorbara — 5;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Tom Kmiec, Pierre Poilievre — 4.

At 6:34 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Naaman Sugrue
Committee Clerk