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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 5
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:48 p.m. to 5:58 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Judy A. Sgro, Chair (Liberal)

• Hon. Lisa Raitt (Conservative)
• Kate Young (Liberal)
Library of Parliament
• Jed Chong, Research Assistant
• Allison Padova, Analyst
• Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P., Minister of Transport
Department of Transport
• Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
• André Lapointe, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services
• Laureen Kinney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security
• Helena Borges, Associate Deputy Minister, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the Committee commenced its study of the mandate of the Minister of Transport.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the Main Estimates 2016-17: Vote 1 under Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Vote 1 under Canadian Transportation Agency, Vote 1 under Marine Atlantic Inc., Votes 1, 5 and 10 under Office of Infrastructure of Canada, Vote 1 under The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, Vote 1 under The Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc., Votes 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 under Transport, Vote 1 under VIA Rail Canada Inc. and Vote 1 under Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, referred to the Committee on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

The Chair called Vote 1 under Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

The Minister made a statement and, with the witnesses, answered questions.

Vote 1 under Canadian Air Transport Security Authority carried on division.

The Chair called Vote 1 under Canadian Transportation Agency.

Vote 1 under Canadian Transportation Agency carried on division.

The Chair called Vote 1 under Marine Atlantic Inc.

Vote 1 under Marine Atlantic Inc. carried on division.

By unamimous consent the Chair called Votes 1, 5 and 10 under Office of Infrastructure of Canada.

Votes 1, 5 and 10 under Office of Infrastructure of Canada carried on division.

The Chair called Vote 1 under The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited.

Vote 1 under The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited carried on division.

The Chair called Vote 1 under The Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc.

Vote 1 under The Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. carried.

By unanimous consent the Chair called Votes 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 under Transport.

Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, and 20 under Transport carried on division.

The Chair called Vote 1 under VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Vote 1 under VIA Rail Canada Inc. carried on division.

The Chair called Vote 1 under Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.

Vote 1 under Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority carried on division.

ORDERED, That the Chair report Vote 1 under Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Vote 1 under Canadian Transportation Agency, Vote 1 under Marine Atlantic Inc., Votes 1, 5 and 10 under Office of Infrastructure of Canada, Vote 1 under The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, Vote 1 under The Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc., Votes 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 under Transport, Vote 1 under VIA Rail Canada Inc. and Vote 1 under Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority to the House.

At 5:41 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:43 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

On motion of Kelly Block, it was agreed, — That, further to the motions already adopted by the Committee on Monday, February 22, 2016, the Committee prioritize any legislation, financial commitments or regulatory changes related to transport, infrastructure and communities in Budget 2016, and ministerial announcements in its future businesses, as subject to our duty;

That the Committee begin a study on rail safety on March 21, 2016 and consider:

(A) the implementation of recommendations made in the report "Review of the Canadian Transportation Safety Regime: Transportation of Goods and Safety Management System",

(B) the section of the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway) line that runs between the U.S. border through the Semiahmoo First Nation land, the City of White Rock and the City of Surrey (Crescent Beach/Ocean Park) British Columbia,

(C) potential safety issues related to use by rail companies of remote control devices to move locomotives and to assemble trains,

(D) measures taken or identified as necessary to address the outstanding concerns with fatigue management with implications for rail safety, including hearing from the Transportation Safety Board analysts and other relevant parties on the impact of train engineer fatigue on railway safety in Canada, and

(E) And other items found to be appropriate by the Committee; and

That the Committee dedicate at least three meetings to consider the Canada Transportation Act review before Thursday, June 23, 2016.

At 5:58 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Andrew Bartholomew Chaplin
Clerk of the Committee