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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 137
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 11:02 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Presiding
Hon. Judy A. Sgro, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Geneviève Gosselin, Analyst
• Alexandre Lafrenière, Analyst
Teamsters Canada
• Phil Benson, Lobbyist
Parsons and Sons Transportation
• Scott Parsons, President
Motor Coach Industries
• John-Paul Pelletier, Vice-President, Engineering and Quality
DRL Coach Lines Ltd
• Jason Roberts, Chief Executive Officer
Motor Coach Canada
• Doug Switzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Motor Coach Association
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on November 1, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of bus passenger safety.

Scott Parsons and Jason Roberts, by videoconference from Triton, Newfoundland and Labrador, made statements.

At 11:12 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), it was agreed that the Committee continue to sit.

The witnesses answered questions.

At 11:35 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:57 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Doug Switzer, John-Paul Pelletier, by videoconference from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Phil Benson made statements and answered questions.

At 12:44 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:45 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion moved by Tom Kmiec on Thursday, April 4, 2019, which read as follows:

That the Committee undertake a study on allowing Canadians to bring their legally owned, U.S.-registered and plated passenger vehicles into Canada for a defined temporary period, in the same manner that U.S. citizens may do in Canada, without having to pay any taxes, duties or importation fees; that the Committee report its findings to the House no later than 90 sitting days following adoption of this motion; that the Committee make recommendations on actions the Government of Canada should undertake to adopt a border control system that allows for the temporary use of American-plated vehicles by Canadian citizens; that no less than two meetings be dedicated to this study; and that the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to its report.

Debate arose thereon.

It was agreed, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “no less than two meetings” with the words “no less than a one-hour meeting”.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee undertake a study on allowing Canadians to bring their legally owned, U.S.-registered and plated passenger vehicles into Canada for a defined temporary period, in the same manner that U.S. citizens may do in Canada, without having to pay any taxes, duties or importation fees; that the Committee report its findings to the House no later than 90 sitting days following adoption of this motion; that the Committee make recommendations on actions the Government of Canada should undertake to adopt a border control system that allows for the temporary use of American-plated vehicles by Canadian citizens; that no less than a one-hour meeting be dedicated to this study; and that the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to its report.

At 12:50 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marie-France Lafleur
Clerk of the Committee