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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 108
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 8:48 a.m. to 10:18 a.m.
In Camera
Presiding
Bryan May, Chair (Liberal)

Liberal

Conservative

• John Barlow for Hon. Steven Blaney (Conservative)
• Gordie Hogg for Mona Fortier (Liberal)
• Bob Zimmer for Rosemarie Falk (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Elizabeth Cahill, Analyst
• Mayra Perez-Leclerc, Analyst
Pursuant to the Centennial Flame Research Award Act and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, March 19, 2018, the Committee commenced its study of the 2018 Centennial Flame Research Award.

It was agreed, — That Tara Collins be the recipient of the 2018 Centennial Flame Research Award.

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

At 9:40 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:47 a.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2):

1. the Committee conduct a study related to Private Members’ Business M-110; the Committee invite witnesses to appear for five meetings;

  • one (1) meeting during which one (1) hour will be dedicated to hearing from the sponsor of M-110 and (1) hour will be dedicated to hearing from the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and from departmental officials from the Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Statistics Canada, and the Ministry of Families, Children and Social Development to learn about the design of the employment insurance program, and discuss improvements to assist parents going through the loss of a child or close family member;
  • one (1) meeting be dedicated to the loss of infant children from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and how best government programs, and specifically employment insurance, can support parents through this difficult time and improvements that can be made to these programs and systems, including hearing from representatives of families of lived experience;
  • one (1) meeting, including hearing from representatives of families of lived experience, be dedicated to the loss of children from causes other than SIDS and how best government programs, and;
  • specifically EI, can support parents through this difficult time and improvements that can be made to these programs and systems;
  • one (1) meeting be focused on hearing from experts in the area of grief counselling, emotional hardship, financial security for families, financial matters and the challenges that families may face after the loss of a child, and ways to ensure the design of government systems and programs do not contribute to the challenges parents face in the loss of a child;
  • one (1) meeting be dedicated to hearing from departmental officials from the Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Statistics Canada, and the Ministry of Families, Children and Social Development;

Each party submit their prioritized witness lists, including their contact information, to the Clerk of the Committee no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018;

The Committee report its findings, including recommendations, to the House and that the Government provide a response to the recommendations made by the Committee.

It was agreed, — That, in relation to Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada:

1. the Committee begin a subject-matter study of the Bill on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, if the Bill itself has not yet been referred to the Committee;

2. each party submit their prioritized witness lists, including their contact information, to the Clerk of the Committee no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018;

3. if the Bill is referred to the Committee by the House during the subject-matter study, all evidence and documentation received in public in relation to its subject-matter study of the Bill be deemed received by the Committee in the context of its study of the Bill pursuant to the order of reference;

4. the Committee hear from witnesses for six meetings;

a) that the Committee invite the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility and departmental officials, preferably at or near the beginning of the study, to appear for one meeting;

b) that two meetings be dedicated to hearing from those working in the federal government, their advocacy groups, and experts in the field on such matters as barriers to federally regulated employees with disabilities, including information technology, communications, the built environment, and the procurement of goods and services;

c) that two meetings be dedicated to hearing from Canadian citizens, and particularly those with disabilities or access concerns, their advocacy groups, and experts in the field on such matters as barriers to Canadians in accessing government programs and services, the built environment of government facilities, and information technology and communications with the federal government;

d) that one meeting be dedicated to hearing from stakeholders, experts, and interested parties in federally regulated banking, transportation, telecom, and broadcast sectors who fall under the purview of this bill in order to ascertain the effectiveness of the Bill at reducing barriers for Canadians;

5. the Committee proceed with clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill no later than Thursday, November 8, 2018, subject to the Bill being referred to the Committee;

6. proposed amendments be submitted to the Clerk of the Committee in both official languages by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018;

7. if the Committee has not completed the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill by 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018, all remaining amendments submitted to the Committee shall be deemed moved, the Chair shall put every 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 no later than Tuesday, November 20, 2018;

8. the Clerk of the Committee write immediately to each Member who is not a member of a caucus represented on the Committee to inform them of the beginning of the subject matter study of the Bill by the Committee and to invite them to prepare and submit any proposed amendments to the Bill for the Committee’s consideration during the clause-by-clause study of the Bill;

9. the Clerk of the Committee explore ways to ensure the meetings for the study of C-81 be held with translation, appropriate facilities, and other services to ensure accessibility wherever possible for meeting participants. These options should include, but are not limited to, ASL, LSQ, CART, accessible document formats, and mobility considerations for meeting rooms and spaces .

At 10:18 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Paul Cardegna
Committee Clerk