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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 113
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8:51 a.m. to 10:46 a.m.
Televised
Presiding
Bryan May, Chair (Liberal)

Liberal

Library of Parliament
• Elizabeth Cahill, Analyst
• Havi Echenberg, Analyst
Treasury Board Secretariat
• Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility
• Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada
• Carl Trottier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Governance, Planning and Policy Sector, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer
Canadian Human Rights Commission
• Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner
• Marcella Daye, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy and Legal Services Branch
Canada Post Corporation
• Jessica L. McDonald, Chair of the Board of Directors and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
• Susan Margles, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada.

Yazmine Laroche, Marie-Claude Landry and Jessica L. McDonald made statements and answered questions.

Motion

Cheryl Hardcastle moved, — That the Committee provide recommendations for legislative and policy changes necessary to ensure that the needs of persons with episodic disabilities caused, among other things, by multiple sclerosis, be adequately protected to ensure equity in government policy to support Canadians across all types of disability; that the Committee report to the House by February 2019; and that it be instructed to request a comprehensive government response to its report, pursuant to Standing Order 109.

Debate arose thereon.

Wayne Long moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 4.

The witnesses answered questions.

At 10:27 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:30 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $49,425.00 be adopted by the Committee in relation to the study of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada, and that the budget be submitted to the Subcommittee on Budgets of the Liaison Committee, to provide for various accommodation services in relation to the meetings on this study, including resources required to prepare the video of the Committee’s proceedings to include the in-room recording of the sign language interpretation to make it available on ParlVU after the committee meetings, in order to make the proceedings as accessible as possible for those who use American Sign Language and Québec Sign Language.

It was agreed, — That, in relation to the study of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada, a proposed contract budget in the amount of $10,000.00, be adopted by the Committee and submitted to the Subcommittee on Budgets of the Liaison Committee, to provide for various external services in relation to this study, to convert written submissions to the Committee to accessible formats.

At 10:46 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Stephanie Feldman
Clerk of the Committee