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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 96
Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 8:47 a.m. to 12:01 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Wayne Easter, Chair (Liberal)

• Xavier Barsalou-Duval (Bloc Québécois)
• Elizabeth May (Green Party)
• Monique Pauzé (Bloc Québécois)
• Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois)
Library of Parliament
• Dylan Gowans, Analyst
 
House of Commons
• Stephanie Feldman, Procedural Clerk
• Justin Vaive, Legislative Clerk
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
• Patricia Brady, Director General, Investment Review Branch
Department of Employment and Social Development
• Andrew Brown, Executive Director, Employment Insurance Policy, Skills and Employment Branch
• Sébastien St-Arnaud, Senior Policy Strategist, Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform, Labour Program
Department of Citizenship and Immigration
• Marie-Pier Côté, Director, Express Entry Policy
• Victoria Henderson, Acting Director, Cost Management
Office of Infrastructure of Canada
• Glenn R. Campbell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canada Infrastructure Bank Transition Office
• Shawn Grover, Senior Policy Analyst, Canada Infrastructure Bank Transition Office
Department of Finance
• Niko Fleming, Chief, Infrastructure, Sectoral Policy Analysis, Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch
Treasury Board Secretariat
• Roger Ermuth, Assistant Comptroller General, Financial Management Sector, Office of the Comptroller General
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
• Louis Marcotte, Director General, International Business Development, Investment and Innovation
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, May 9, 2017, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures.

The Committee resumed clause-by-clause consideration on Clause 192 of the Bill.

Patricia Brady, Andrew Brown, Sébastien St-Arnaud, Marie-Pier Coté, Glenn Campbell, Shawn Grover, Niko Fleming, Victoria Henderson, Louis Marcotte and Roger Ermuth answered questions.

On Clause 192,

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the following amendment, submitted by Gabriel Ste-Marie for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-44, in Clause 192, be amended by replacing line 9 on page 110 with the following:

“following year, $300,000,000; and”

The Chair ruled the proposed amendment inadmissible because it was contrary to the principle of the Bill, as provided on page 766 of House of Commons Procedure and Practice, Second Edition.

Clause 192 carried on division.

Clauses 193 to 234 inclusive carried on division severally.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 193 to 234 inclusive carried on division severally.

On Clause 235,

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 235, be amended

(a) by deleting lines 9 to 11 on page 128;

(b) by adding after line 21 on page 128 the following:

“(1.4) An election made under subsection (1.1) or 152.05(1.1) may be revoked by a major attachment claimant or an individual, as the case may be, and a new election made, in which case it is binding on the claimant, on the individual, on both claimants or on the claimant and the individual.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 6.

Clause 235 carried on division.

On New Clause 235.1,

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the following amendment, submitted by Monique Pauzé for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-44 be amended by adding after line 13 on page 130 the following new clause:

“235.1 The Act is amended by adding the following after section 23:

23.01 A qualifying period referred to in paragraph 8(1)(a) is extended by the aggregate of any weeks during the qualifying period for which the person proves, in the manner that the Commission may direct, that

(a) they had an interruption of earnings from insurable employment; and

(b) during the 52 weeks before the interruption of earnings, they received special benefits under section 22 or 23 or allowances, money or other benefits under a provincial law as the result of a pregnancy or parental leave, or would have received them but for the operation of subsections 22(3) and 23(3.5).”

The Chair ruled the proposed amendment inadmissible because it infringed on the financial initiative of the Crown, as provided on pages 767-768 of House of Commons Procedure and Practice, Second Edition.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 236 to 244 inclusive carried on division severally.

On Clause 245,

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 245, be amended

(a) by deleting lines 11 to 13 on page 138;

(b) by adding after line 21 on page 138 the following:

“(1.4) An election made under subsection (1.1) or 23(1.1) may be revoked by a self-employed person or a major attachment claimant, as the case may be, and a new election made, in which case it is binding on the person, on the claimant, on both persons or on the person and the claimant.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 8.

Clause 245 carried on division.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 246 to 269 inclusive carried on division severally.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 270 to 299 inclusive were stood severally.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 300 to 303 inclusive carried on division severally.

On Clause 304,

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 304, be amended by replacing lines 16 to 28 on page 178 with the following:

“application for a temporary resident visa, work permit, study permit or extension of an authorization to remain in Canada as a temporary resident.”

After debate, by unanimous consent, Clause 304 was allowed to stand.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 305 to 402 inclusive carried on division severally.

On Clause 403,

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the following amendment, submitted by Gabriel Ste-Marie for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by deleting line 23 on page 237 to line 12 on page 238.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Gabriel Ste-Marie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 7.

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the following amendment, submitted by Robert Aubin for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by replacing lines 13 to 19 on page 238 with the following:

“6 The purpose of the Bank is to provide low-cost financing — including by means of loan guarantees and small capital contributions — to municipal governments for the construction of new infrastructures. It makes use of the Government of Canada’s solid credit ratings and lending power to allow municipalities to easily and affordably subsidize the infrastructure projects that they need.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Robert Aubin and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Ken McDonald, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by deleting lines 31 to 33 on page 238.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Ken McDonald, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by deleting lines 1 to 5 on page 239.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Ken McDonald, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by adding after line 11 on page 239 the following:

“(3) The Bank may invest in an infrastructure project respecting new or existing infrastructure only if no new fee, charge, levy or other amount will be charged for the use of the infrastructure.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Ken McDonald, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by adding after line 8 on page 241 the following:

“(b.1) is employed by, or is a director or an officer of, BlackRock or McKinsey & Company, or a wholly-owned subsidiary of those firms;”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 6.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by deleting lines 9 to 12 on page 241.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 6.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by replacing line 27 on page 242 with the following:

“18 In particular, the Bank may, with the concurrence of the designated Minister,”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 6.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by adding after line 39 on page 243 the following:

“18.1 Before exercising a power referred to in section 18 with respect to an infrastructure project, the Bank must submit plans for the project to the designated Minister, who may, with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance, recommend it for the approval of the Governor in Council.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by replacing lines 17 and 18 on page 245 with the following:

“27 (1) On the first anniversary of the day on which this Act comes into force, and every five years after that, the designated Minister must”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the following amendment, submitted by Robert Aubin for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended

(a) by replacing line 28 on page 245 to line 5 on page 246 with the following:

“28 Privileged information may be communicated, dis-”

(b) by replacing line 30 on page 246 with the following:

“31 A person who contravenes section 29 is guilty of”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Robert Aubin and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Ken McDonald, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended

(a) by deleting line 28 on page 245 to line 19 on page 246.

(b) by replacing line 30 on page 246 with the following:

“31 A person who contravenes section 29 is guilty of”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Gérard Deltell, Sukh Dhaliwal, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-44, in Clause 403, be amended by deleting lines 30 to 33 on page 246.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Elizabeth May and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1 ; NAYS: 8 .

Clause 403 carried on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Julie Dabrusin, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 5;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Ron Liepert — 4.

By unanimous consent, the Committee reverted to Clauses 270 to 299 previously stood.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 270 to 299 inclusive carried on division severally.

At 10:43 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:53 a.m., the sitting resumed.

By unanimous consent, the Committee reverted to Clause 304 previously stood.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Clause 304 carried on division.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 404 to 406 inclusive carried on division severally.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 407 to 441 inclusive carried on division severally.

On Clause 442,

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 442, be amended by adding after line 17 on page 268 the following:

“(c) ensure that foreign direct investment in Canada contributes to creating, maintaining and protecting jobs and to promoting labour and environmental laws.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault moved, — That Bill C-44, in Clause 442, be amended by adding after line 15 on page 275 the following:

“Annual report

24 (1) Within four months after the end of each year, the Invest in Canada Hub must submit to the Minister a report on its activities for that year that includes an analysis of the impact of foreign direct investment in Canada on jobs, labour matters and the environment.

(2) After receiving the annual report, the Minister must cause it to be laid before each House of Parliament on any of the next 15 days during which that House is sitting.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pierre-Luc Dusseault and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pierre-Luc Dusseault — 1;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Julie Dabrusin, Gérard Deltell, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Ron Liepert, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 8.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 442 to 450 inclusive carried on the following recorded division severally:

YEAS: Julie Dabrusin, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 6;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Ron Liepert — 3.

By unanimous consent, Clauses 451 to 457 inclusive carried on the following recorded division severally:

YEAS: Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Wayne Long, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 5;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Ron Liepert — 4.

Schedule 1 carried on division.

Schedule 2 carried on division.

Clause 1, Short Title, carried on division.

The Title carried on division.

The Bill, as amended, carried on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Greg Fergus, Raj Grewal, Wayne Long, Jennifer O'Connell, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 5;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Gérard Deltell, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Ron Liepert — 4.

ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill, as amended, to the House.

ORDERED, — That Bill C-44, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House at report stage.

At 12:01 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Suzie Cadieux
Clerk of the Committee