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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 4
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 11:32 a.m. to 1:53 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Judy A. Sgro, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Philippe Méla, Legislative Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Bashar Abu Taleb, Analyst
• Offah Obale, Analyst
• Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Canada West Foundation
• Carlo Dade, Director, Centre for Trade and Investment Policy
Council of Canadians
• Sujata Dey, Trade Campaigner, National
Embassy of Canada to the United States of America
• Kirsten Hillman, Acting Ambassador of Canada to the United States
Business Council of Canada
• Brian Kingston, Vice-President, Policy, International and Fiscal
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
• Steve Verheul, Chief Negotiator and Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations
Pursuant to the order of reference of Thursday, February 6, 2020, the committee resumed consideration of Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States.

The Minister made a statement and answered questions.

Michael Kram gave notice of the following motion:

That, in relation to the committee’s study of Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States, and pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the Deputy Prime Minister provide the committee with the economic analysis of the agreement prepared by the Chief Economist at Global Affairs Canada; and that the committee invite the Chief Economist at Global Affairs Canada, Marie-France Paquet, to appear before the committee to give testimony and answer questions on the economic analysis of the agreement.

At 12:31 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:38 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Rachel Bendayan gave notice of the following motion:

That: (a) the Chair of the committee write, as promptly as possible, to the chairs of the following standing committees to invite them to undertake a subject matter review of the following provisions of Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States and the impacts of provisions relating to their respective mandates;

(i) the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, clauses 44, 46, 53 and 59;

(ii) the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, clauses 22 to 38, 108 to 113;

(iii) the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, clauses 207 to 212;

(b) for the standing committees listed in (a),

(i) if a standing committee listed in (a) chooses not to consider the subject matter of the provisions, it advises the Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade by letter, in both official languages, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020;

(ii) that the standing committee be requested to convey recommendations, including any suggested amendments, in both official languages, in relation to the provisions considered by them, in a letter to the Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade, in both official languages, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020;

(iii) any amendments suggested pursuant to paragraph (b)(ii) shall be deemed to be proposed during the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-4, and further provided that the members of the Standing Committee on International Trade may propose amendments notwithstanding the recommendations received pursuant to paragraph (b)(ii);

(c) that proposed amendments to Bill C-4 be submitted to the clerk of the committee in both official languages no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020;

(d) that the committee proceed with the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-4 no later than Friday, February 28, 2020, provided that the Chair may limit debate on each clause to a maximum of five minutes per party, before the provision is put to a vote;

(e) that if the committee has not completed the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-4 by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020, all remaining amendments submitted to the committee shall be deemed moved, the Chair shall put the question, forthwith and successively, without further debate on all remaining clauses and amendments submitted to the committee, as well as each and every question necessary to dispose of the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill, as well as all questions necessary to report the Bill to the House and to order the Chair to report the Bill to the House as early as possible.

Carlo Dade, Brian Kingston and Sujata Dey, by videoconference from Guadalajara, Mexico, made statements and answered questions.

At 1:34 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 1:35 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Motion

Colin Carrie moved, — That: (a) the Chair of the committee write, as promptly as possible, to the Chairs of the following standing committees to invite them to study the provisions of Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States, and the impacts within their respective mandates:

(i) the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food;

(ii) the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology;

(iii) the Standing Committee on Natural Resources;

(iv) the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities;

(v) the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development;

(vi) the Standing Committee on Finance;

(b) for the standing committees listed in (a),

(i) recommendations, including any suggested amendments, be submitted in both official languages, in relation to the provisions considered by them, in a letter to the Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade, in both official languages, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020;

(ii) any amendments suggested pursuant to paragraph (b)(i) shall be deemed to be proposed during the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-4, and further provided that the members of the Standing Committee on International Trade may propose amendments notwithstanding the recommendations received pursuant to paragraph (b)(i);

(iii) if a standing committee listed in (a) chooses not to consider the subject matter of the provisions, it advise the Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade by letter, in both official languages, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Amendment

Randy Hoback moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting the words:

"(iv) the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities;

(v) the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development;

(vi) the Standing Committee on Finance;" and by replacing the words "April 2" with the words "March 12".

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Randy Hoback and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 6.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 6.

On motion of Michael Kram, it was agreed, — That, in relation to the committee’s study of Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States, and pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the Deputy Prime Minister provide the committee with the economic analysis of the agreement prepared by the Chief Economist at Global Affairs Canada and that the committee invite the Chief Economist at Global Affairs Canada, Marie-France Paquet, to appear before the committee to give testimony and answer questions on the economic analysis of the agreement.

Motion

Rachel Bendayan moved, — That: (a) the Chair of the Committee write, as promptly as possible, to the chairs of the following standing committees to invite them to undertake a subject matter review of the following provisions of Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States and the impacts of provisions relating to their respective mandates;

(i) the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, clauses 44, 46, 53 and 59;

(ii) the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, clauses 22 to 38, 108 to 113;

(iii) the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, clauses 207 to 212;

(b) for the standing committees listed in (a),

(i) if a standing committee listed in (a) chooses not to consider the subject matter of the provisions, it advises the Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade by letter, in both official languages, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020.

(ii) that the standing committee be requested to convey recommendations, including any suggested amendments, in both official languages, in relation to the provisions considered by them, in a letter to the Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade, in both official languages, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020;

(iii) any amendments suggested pursuant to paragraph (b)(ii) shall be deemed to be proposed during the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-4, and further provided that the members of the Standing Committee on International Trade may propose amendments notwithstanding the recommendations received pursuant to paragraph (b)(ii);

(c) that proposed amendments to Bill C-4 be submitted to the Clerk of the Committee in both official languages no later than 12:00 pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2020;

(d) that the Committee proceed with the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-4 no later than Friday, February 28, 2020, provided that the Chair may limit debate on each clause to a maximum of five minutes per party, before the provision is put to a vote;

(e) that if the Committee has not completed the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-4 by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020, all remaining amendments submitted to the Committee shall be deemed moved, the Chair shall put the question, forthwith and successively, without further debate on all remaining clauses and amendments submitted to the Committee, as well as each and every question necessary to dispose of the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill, as well as all questions necessary to report the Bill to the House and to order the Chair to report the Bill to the House as early as possible.

Amendment

Randy Hoback moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “February 25”, with the words "March 3", and by replacing the words "February 28" with the words "March 5" in the (d) and (e) sections.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Randy Hoback and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 6.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 5.

At 1:53 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Christine Lafrance
Clerk of the Committee