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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 95
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 3:30 p.m. to 5:24 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Judy A. Sgro, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Geneviève Gosselin, Analyst
• Nicole Sweeney, Analyst
• Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
Department of Transport
• Michael Keenan, Deputy Minister
• André Lapointe, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer
• Pierre-Marc Mongeau, Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs
The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited
• Natalie Kinloch, Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee commenced its study of subject matter of Supplementary Estimates (C), 2017-18: Vote 1c under Department of Transport and Vote 1c under The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, referred to the Committee on Monday, February 12, 2018.

The Minister made a statement and, with Michael Keenan, answered questions.

• Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority
• Nancy Fitchett, Acting Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Financial Officer
• Neil Parry, Vice-President, Service Delivery
Canadian Transportation Agency
• Carole Girard, Executive Director, Internal Services
• Scott Streiner, Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated
• Claude Lachance, Senior Director, Administration
Marine Atlantic Inc.
• Paul Griffin, President and Chief Executive Officer
Office of Infrastructure of Canada
• Darlene Boileau, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer
• Kelly Gillis, Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities
VIA Rail Canada Inc.
• Jacques Fauteux, Director, Government and Community Relations
• Patricia Jasmin, Chief Financial Officer
• Pierre Le Fèvre, Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Planning
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
• Linda Hurdle, Chief Operating Officer
• André Juneau, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(6), the Committee commenced its study of subject matter of Interim Estimates 2018-19: Vote 1 under Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Vote 1 under Canadian Transportation Agency, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 under Department of Transport, 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., Vote 1 under VIA Rail Canada Inc. and Vote 1 under Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, referred to the Committee on Monday, February 12, 2018.

At 4:27 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:33 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The Minister made a statement and answered questions.

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

Motion

Brigitte Sansoucy moved, — That the Committee undertake an emergency study of no less than three meetings on:

- the measures that the government intends to take in order to prevent any future delays in the implementation of infrastructure projects;

- the details on the progress of infrastructure projects to date; and

- a full update on the government’s plan to spend $186.7 billion on infrastructure;

and that the Committee make recommendations and report to the House by June 2018.

It was agreed, — That consideration of the motion be diferred to 5:15 p.m.

• Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority
• Nancy Fitchett, Acting Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Financial Officer
• Neil Parry, Vice-President, Service Delivery
Canadian Transportation Agency
• Carole Girard, Executive Director, Internal Services
• Scott Streiner, Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated
• Claude Lachance, Senior Director, Administration
Marine Atlantic Inc.
• Paul Griffin, President and Chief Executive Officer
Office of Infrastructure of Canada
• Darlene Boileau, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer
• Kelly Gillis, Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities
VIA Rail Canada Inc.
• Jacques Fauteux, Director, Government and Community Relations
• Patricia Jasmin, Chief Financial Officer
• Pierre Le Fèvre, Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Planning
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
• Linda Hurdle, Chief Operating Officer
• André Juneau, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(6), the Committee resumed its study of subject matter of Interim Estimates 2018-19: Vote 1 under Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Vote 1 under Canadian Transportation Agency, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 under Department of Transport, 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., Vote 1 under VIA Rail Canada Inc. and Vote 1 under Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, referred to the Committee on Monday, February 12, 2018.

The Minister and Kelly Gillis answered questions.

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

At 5:15 p.m., by unanimous consent and pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), it was agreed that the Committee continue to sit.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion of Brigitte Sansoucy, — That the Committee undertake an emergency study of no less than three meetings on:

- the measures that the government intends to take in order to prevent any future delays in the implementation of infrastructure projects;

- the details on the progress of infrastructure projects to date; and

- a full update on the government’s plan to spend $186.7 billion on infrastructure;

and that the Committee make recommendations and report to the House by June 2018.

Debate arose theron.

On motion of Sean Fraser, it was agreed, — That the motion be amended by deleting the words “emergency” and “any future”.

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 study of no less than three meetings on:

- the measures that the government intends to take in order to prevent delays in the implementation of infrastructure projects;

- the details on the progress of infrastructure projects to date; and

- a full update on the government’s plan to spend $186.7 billion on infrastructure;

and that the Committee make recommendations and report to the House by June 2018.

It was agreed, — That the study pertaining to this motion begin on Monday, April 16, 2018, for a total of five meetings, and that members of the Committee provide their witness lists to the Clerk of the Committee no later than Thursday, March 29, 2018.

It was agreed, — That the Chair of the Committee send a letter to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development as well as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to seek more information on the study of ocean war graves.

It was agreed, — That a draft report on ocean war graves be considered following the Committee’s return from its trip to Vancouver and Seattle in May 2018.

At 5:24 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marie-France Lafleur
Clerk of the Committee