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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 40
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 6:42 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Hon. Wayne Easter, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Aimée Belmore, Procedural Clerk
• Marie-France Lafleur, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Andrew Barton, Analyst
• Michaël Lambert-Racine, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

Motion

Peter Julian moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the Committee order that any contracts concluded with We Charity and Me to We, all briefing notes, memos and emails from senior officials prepared for or sent to any Minister regarding the design and creation of the Canada Student Service Grant, as well as any written correspondence and records of other correspondence with We Charity and Me to We from March 2020 be provided to the Committee no later than August 8, 2020; that matters of Cabinet confidence and national security be excluded from the request; and that any redactions necessary, including to protect the privacy of Canadian citizens and permanent residents whose names and personal information may be included in the documents, as well as public servants who have been providing assistance on this matter, be made by the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the House of Commons.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Peter Fragiskatos moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the word “emails” the following: “including the contribution agreement between the government and the organization”.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the amendment of Peter Fragiskatos and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Michael Cooper, James Cumming, Julie Dzerowicz, Peter Fragiskatos, Sean Fraser, Pat Kelly, Annie Koutrakis, Michael V. McLeod, Pierre Poilievre — 9;

NAYS: Peter Julian, Gabriel Ste-Marie — 2.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion, as amended, of Peter Julian, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the Committee order that any contracts concluded with We Charity and Me to We, all briefing notes, memos and emails, including the contribution agreement between the government and the organization, from senior officials prepared for or sent to any Minister regarding the design and creation of the Canada Student Service Grant, as well as any written correspondence and records of other correspondence with We Charity and Me to We from March 2020 be provided to the Committee no later than August 8, 2020; that matters of Cabinet confidence and national security be excluded from the request; and that any redactions necessary, including to protect the privacy of Canadian citizens and permanent residents whose names and personal information may be included in the documents, as well as public servants who have been providing assistance on this matter, be made by the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the House of Commons.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Michael Cooper, James Cumming, Peter Fragiskatos, Peter Julian, Pat Kelly, Annie Koutrakis, Michael V. McLeod, Pierre Poilievre, Gabriel Ste-Marie — 9;

NAYS: — 0.

Motion

Pierre Poilievre moved, — That the Standing Committee on Finance, as part of its study on COVID-19, hold hearings in July 2020, for no less than four meetings for a duration of three hours each to examine how much the government spent in awarding the $912 million sole-source contract to WE Charity, and how the outsourcing of the Canada Student Service Grant to WE Charity proceeded as far as it did; that the committee produces a report on its findings to be tabled in the House of Commons; that the witnesses must include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The Clerk of the Privy Council, Ian Shugart;
  • The Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch at Employment and Social Development Canada (the official Mark Kielburger claims to have told him to deliver the $912 million-dollar Canada Student Service Grant);
  • Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, Bardish Chagger; and
  • Volunteer Canada.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Michael Cooper, James Cumming, Peter Fragiskatos, Peter Julian, Pat Kelly, Annie Koutrakis, Michael V. McLeod, Pierre Poilievre, Gabriel Ste-Marie — 9;

NAYS: Julie Dzerowicz — 1.

At 3:33 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:36 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
• Judith Robertson, Commissioner
• Frank Lofranco, Deputy Commissioner, Supervison and Enforcement
• Teresa Frick, Director, Supervison
• Ruth Stephen, Director, Research, Policy and Education
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
• Elisabeth Lang, Superintendent
Pursuant to the orders of reference of Tuesday, March 24, Saturday, April 11, and Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judith Robertson made a statement and, with Ruth Stephen and Frank Lofranco, answered questions.

At 5:02 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:07 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Elisabeth Lang made a statement and answered questions.

At 6:42 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Caroline Bosc
Committee Clerk