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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 218
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 11:23 a.m. to 12:39 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Wayne Easter, Chair (Liberal)

• Mel Arnold for Tom Kmiec (Conservative)
• Pat Kelly for Tom Kmiec (Conservative)
• Dan Vandal for Michael V. McLeod (Liberal)
Library of Parliament
• Andrew Barton, Analyst
• Michaël Lambert-Racine, Analyst
Canada Revenue Agency
• Bob Hamilton, Commissioner of Revenue and Chief Executive Officer
• Janique Caron, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Commissioner, Finance and Administration Branch
• Ted Gallivan, Assistant Commissioner, International, Large Business and Investigations Branch
• Randy Hewlett, Director General, Legislative Policy Directorate, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) the Committee commenced its study of the subject matter of the Main Estimates 2019-20: Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 under Canada Revenue Agency.

Bob Hamilton made a statement and, with Ted Gallivan, answered questions.

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

The Chair presented the Fourteenth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows.

Your Subcommittee met on Monday, June 10, 2019, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That, with respect to Bill C-101, An Act to amend the Customs Tariff and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act:

a) the Committee begin a subject matter study of the Bill on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, if the Bill itself has not yet been referred to the Committee;

b) the Committee hear from departmental officials on the subject matter of Bill C-101 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.;

c) if Bill C-101 is referred to the Committee by the House during the subject matter study of the Bill, all evidence and documentation received in public in relation to its subject matter study of Bill C-101 be deemed received by the Committee in the context of its legislative study of Bill C-101;

d) the Clerk of the Committee write immediately to each Member of Parliament who is not a member of a caucus represented on the Committee, to inform them of the beginning of the subject matter study of Bill C-101 by the Committee and to invite them to start working on their proposed amendments to the Bill, which would be considered during the clause-by-clause study of the Bill;

e) Members of the Committee submit their prioritized witness lists for the study of Bill C-101 to the Clerk of the Committee by no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, and that these lists be distributed to Members that same day;

f) the Committee hear from witnesses on Bill C-101 from Tuesday, June 11, 2019, to Wednesday, June 12, 2019;

g) the Committee invite the Minister of Finance to appear on Bill C-101;

h) proposed amendments to Bill C-101 be submitted to the Clerk of the Committee in both official languages by 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the latest;

i) the Committee commence clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-101 on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 3:30 PM, subject to the Bill being referred to the Committee;

j) the Chair may limit debate on each clause to a maximum of five minutes per party, per clause; and

k) if the Committee has not completed the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill by 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019, all remaining amendments submitted to the Committee shall be deemed moved, the Chair shall put the question, forthwith and successively, without further debate on all remaining clauses and proposed amendments, as well as each and every question necessary to dispose of clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill, as well as all questions necessary to report the Bill to the House and to order the Chair to report the Bill to the House as soon as possible.

2. That the Parliamentary Budget Officer be invited to appear on Thursday, June 20, 2019, to discuss his report on tax gap.

It was agreed, — That the Fourteenth Report of the Subcommittee be concurred in.

Motion

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That the Committee invite the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, to appear before the Committee to inform it on the work being done by the Canada Revenue Agency to combat abusive tax schemes and also on the policies and internal processes surrounding out-of-court settlements in tax evasion and abusive tax avoidance cases.

Debate arose thereon.

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

YEAS: Mel Arnold, Rachel Bendayan, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Peter Fragiskatos, Pierre Poilievre, Blake Richards, Kim Rudd, Francesco Sorbara, Dan Vandal — 9;

NAYS: — 0.

It was agreed, — That, in relation to the study of the pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2020 budget, the Committee is interested in receiving written submissions on the following theme: Climate Emergency: The Required Transition to a Low Carbon Economy.

At 12:39 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



David Gagnon
Clerk of the Committee