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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 89
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 8:51 a.m. to 10:17 a.m.
James Maloney, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Mohamed Zakzouk, Analyst
House of Commons
• Olivier Champagne, Legislative Clerk
Cement Association of Canada
• Adam Auer, Vice-President, Environment & Sustainability
• Steve Morrissey, Vice-President
Quebec Forest Industry Council
• Gérald Beaulieu, Director, Centre d'expertise sur la construction commerciale en bois (CECOBOIS)
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
• Jamie Meil, Research Principal
• Jennifer O'Connor, President
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood).

Jennifer O'Connor, Adam Auer and Gérald Beaulieu, by videoconference from Quebec, Quebec, made statements and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

At 9:46 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:49 a.m., the sitting resumed.

The Committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.

The Chair called Clause 1.

On Clause 1,

Mary Ng moved, — That Bill C-354, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing lines 7 to 12 on page 1 with the following:

(1.1) In developing requirements with respect to the construction, maintenance or repair of public works, federal real property or federal immovables, the Minister shall consider any reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and any other environmental benefits and may allow the use of wood or any other thing — including a material, product or sustainable resource — that achieves such benefits.”

Debate arose thereon.

At 9:59 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:06 a.m., the sitting resumed.

The Committee resumed consideration of the amendment of Mary Ng.

The debate continued.

At 10:17 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee