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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 27
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:50 a.m. to 10:28 a.m.
Bryan May, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Julie Mackenzie, Analyst
• Mayra Perez-Leclerc, Analyst
House of Commons
• Philippe Méla, Legislative Clerk
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

At 8:54 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 8:57 a.m., the sitting resumed.

At 9:11 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:18 a.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That the Committee proceed to sit in public.

At 9:19 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:19 a.m., the sitting resumed in public.


The Committe resumed consideration of the motion moved by Pierre Poilievre, on Thursday, October 27, 2016, Which read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities study the effects of a federally-mandated carbon tax on low-income families, and that Employment and Social Development Canada and Statistics Canada fully report to the Committee on the number of people the carbon tax will cause to fall below the low-income cut-off line.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division: YEAS: Pierre Poilievre, Mark Warawa, Bob Zimmer — 3; NAYS: Wayne Long, Yves Robillard, Dan Ruimy, Ramesh Sangha, Brigitte Sansoucy, Filomena Tassi — 6.


Brigitte Sansoucy moved, — That the Committee may only meet in camera for the following purposes:

(a) to consider wages, salaries and other employee benefits;

(b) to consider contracts and contract negotiations;

(c) to consider labour relations and personnel matters;

(d) to consider a draft report or agenda;

(e) for briefings concerning national or parliamentary security;

(f) to consider matters where privacy or the protection of personal information is required;

(g) to receive legal, administrative or procedural advice from the House of Commons’ Administration; and

(h) for any other reason, with the unanimous consent of the Committee;

That the Chair may schedule all or portions of a meeting to be in camera for the reasons listed above;

That any motion to sit in camera shall be subject to a debate where the mover, and one member from each of the other recognized parties, be given up to three minutes each to speak to the motion; and that the mover shall then be given up to one minute to respond.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 3.

At 9:48 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:48 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $ 70,000, for the study of poverty reduction strategies, be adopted.

It was agreed, — That concerning the second phase of the study of poverty reduction strategies, each party send a prioritized list of witnesses including their contact information to the Clerk of the Committee no later than Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m..

It was agreed, — That, when and if C-5, an Act to repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1, is passed by the House at second reading and referred to the Committee, priority will be given to the study of this bill.

That the Committee undertake the study of this bill for four (4) meetings, consisting of:

1. Hearing from the Hon. Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada

2. Hearing from witnesses

3. Hearing from witnesses

4. Clause-by-clause consideration of the bill

That, should the clause-by-clause consideration of the bill not be completed in the fourth meeting, that a fifth meeting be added to complete the clause-by-clause consideration.

That, in order to accomplish this study, the Committee invite the President of the Treasury Board of Canada on or about the 1st of December, 2016 for one (1) hour, and invite departmental officials for the second hour, and that the meeting be televised.

At 10:28 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Julie Geoffrion
Clerk of the Committee