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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 106
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 8:47 a.m. to 10:36 a.m.
Televised
Presiding
Bernadette Jordan, Chair (Liberal)

• Gérard Deltell for Larry Miller (Conservative)
• Hon. Pierre Poilievre for Mel Arnold (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Daniele Lafrance, Analyst
• Thai Nguyen, Analyst
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
• Catherine Blewett, Deputy Minister
• Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard
• Sylvie Lapointe, Assistant Deputy Minister, Fisheries and Harbour Management
• Philippe Morel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Aquatic Ecosystems Sector
• Jen O'Donoughue, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer
• Mario Pelletier, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Canadian Coast Guard
• Kevin Stringer, Associate Deputy Minister
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the Main Estimates 2018-19: Votes 1, 5 and 10 under Department of Fisheries and Oceans, referred to the Committee on Monday, April 16, 2018.

The Chair called Vote 1 under Fisheries and Oceans.

Catherine Blewett and Jen O'Donoughue made statements.

Motion

Ken Hardie moved, — That the Committee undertake a study to examine the regulation of the West Coast fisheries, specifically in relation to fishing licences, quotas, and owner operator and fleet separation policies, in order to evaluate the impact of the current regime on fisheries management outcomes, the distribution of economic benefits generated by the industry and the aspirations of fishers and their communities, and to provide the government with options and recommendations to improve those outcomes, and that the Chair shall be empowered to coordinate the necessary witnesses, resources and scheduling to complete this task.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Pat Finnigan moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the word “task" the following: “starting no later than February 2019”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Pat Finnigan and it was agreed to.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee undertake a study to examine the regulation of the West Coast fisheries, specifically in relation to fishing licences, quotas, and owner operator and fleet separation policies, in order to evaluate the impact of the current regime on fisheries management outcomes, the distribution of economic benefits generated by the industry and the aspirations of fishers and their communities, and to provide the government with options and recommendations to improve those outcomes, and that the Chair shall be empowered to coordinate the necessary witnesses, resources and scheduling to complete this task starting no later than February 2019.

Senior Officials answered questions.

At 10:15 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:17 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Vote 1 under Fisheries and Oceans carried on division.

The Chair called Vote 5 under Fisheries and Oceans.

Vote 5 under Fisheries and Oceans carried on division.

The Chair called Vote 10 under Fisheries and Oceans.

Vote 10 under Fisheries and Oceans carried on division.

ORDERED, — That the Chair report Votes 1, 5 and 10 under Fisheries and Oceans, less the amounts voted in the Interim Estimates, to the House.

At 10:17 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:18 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That in relation to the study of current state of Department of Fisheries and Oceans' small craft harbours, the proposed budget in the amount of $120,519.40, for the Committee’s travel to Vancouver Island, Prince Rupert, Bella Bella and Port Hardy, British Columbia, Lake Winnipeg Area, Selkirk and Gimli, Manitoba, Southern Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula, Toronto, Meaford, Tobermory and Wiarton, Ontario, in the Fall of 2018, be adopted.

At 10:36 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Nancy Vohl
Clerk of the Committee