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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 37
Monday, November 28, 2016, 3:32 p.m. to 5:26 p.m.
Andy Fillmore, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Sara Fryer, Analyst
• Norah Kielland, Analyst
House of Commons
• Grant McLaughlin, Procedural Clerk
• Hon. Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P., Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
• Paula Isaak, Assistant Deputy Minister, Education and Social Development Programs and Partnerships Sector
• Diane Lafleur, Associate Deputy Minister
• Paul Thoppil, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Financial Officer Sector
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(5), the Committee commenced consideration of the Supplementary Estimates (B) 2016-17: Votes 1b, 5b and 10b under Indian Affairs and Northern Development, referred to the Committee on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

The Chair called Vote 1b under Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

The Minister made a statement and, with Paula Isaak, answered questions.

Cathy McLeod gave notice of the following motion:

That, in light of recent testimony the Committee has heard during its study of the subject matter of Bill S-3, An Act to Amend the Indian Act (elimination of known sex-based inequities in registration), the Committee:

  1. suspend its study in recognition of the Bill’s technical flaws and inadequate First Nations consultations;

  2. resume its study once the Government of Canada has consulted with involved parties and ensured there are no technical flaws;

  3. recommend that the Government of Canada request an extension on passing legislation from the Superior Court of Quebec, as recommended by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde; and that the Committee report this recommendation to the House.

The Minister and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

At 5:26 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Michelle Legault
Clerk of the Committee