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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 2
Monday, February 22, 2016, 3:34 p.m. to 4:58 p.m.
Presiding
Hon. Judy A. Sgro, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Allison Padova, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Motion

Ken Hardie moved, — That the Committee undertake studies into the following matters during this session: infrastructure, rail safety, the Emerson report and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulations; and

That the Chair, in consultation with Committee staff and members, establish and coordinate appropriate resources, plans and schedules to accomplish the aforementioned, in addition to matters referred directly to the Committee by the House.

Amendment

Linda Duncan moved, — That the motion be amended by inserting after the word "infrastructure" the words "and consider the report of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board" and after "rail safety" the words, "fatigue" and by deleting all words after "regulations" .

After debate, by unanimous consent, the amendment was withdrawn.

Amendment

Linda Duncan moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting all words after "regulations".

The question was put on the amendment of Linda Duncan and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Berthold, Kelly Block, Linda Duncan, Dianne L. Watts — 4;

NAYS: Neil R. Ellis, Sean Fraser, Ken Hardie, Angelo Iacono, Gagan Sikand — 5.

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

Motion

Dianne L. Watts moved, — That the Committee undertake a rail safety study of the section of the BNSF Railway line that runs between the United States border through the Semiahmoo First Nation land, the City of White Rock and the City of Surrey (Crescent Beach/Ocean Park) British Columbia. Debate arose thereon.

On motion of Ken Hardie, it was agreed, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words, "British Columbia", the words “as part of the Committee's formal study on rail safety".

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

Motion

Kelly Block moved, — That the Committee invite Dwight Duncan to discuss his objectives in his role as Chair of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.

On motion of Sean Fraser, it was agreed, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words, "Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority" the words, "as part of the Committee's formal study on infrastructure".

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

Motion

Linda Duncan moved, — That the Committee undertake an examination of measures taken or identified as necessary by Transport Canada to address the outstanding concerns with fatigue management with implications for rail safety.

Debate arose thereon.

On motion of Luc Berthold, it was agreed, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words, "implications for rail safety" the words, "and hear testimony from the Transportation Safety Board and other witnesses, as deemed necessary".

On motion of Angelo Iacono, it was agreed, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words, "deemed necessary", the words "as part of the Committee's formal study on rail safety".

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee undertake an examination of measures taken or identified as necessary by Transport Canada to address the outstanding concerns with fatigue management with implications for rail safety, and hear testimony from the Transportation Safety Board and other witnesses, as deemed necessary, as part of the Committee's formal study on rail safety.

On motion of Kelly Block, it was agreed, — That the Committee invite officials from Transport Canada to appear in front of the Committee to discuss Marine Atlantic.

On motion of Kelly Block, it was agreed, — That the Committee invite representatives from the Marine Safety Division of Transport Canada to appear in front of the Committee to discuss maritime traffic safety on Canada’s west coast.

Motion

Linda Duncan moved, — That the Committee undertake a review of potential safety issues related to use by rail companies of remote control devices to move locomotives and to assemble trains.

On motion of Sean Fraser, it was agreed, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words, "assemble trains", the words "as part of the Committee's formal study on rail safety".

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee undertake a review of potential safety issues related to use by rail companies of remote control devices to move locomotives and to assemble trains as part of the Committee's formal study on rail safety.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That the Committee consider the Supplementary Estimates (C) 2015-16 on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

At 4:58 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Andrew Bartholomew Chaplin
Clerk of the Committee