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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 19
Monday, June 15, 2020, 2:04 p.m. to 4:26 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Sean Casey, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• David Chandonnet, Procedural Clerk
• Jean-Marie David, Procedural Clerk
• Philippe Méla, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Elizabeth Cahill, Analyst
• Eleni Kachulis, Analyst
• Mayra Perez-Leclerc, Analyst
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
• Angela Bonfanti, Senior Vice-President, Foundation Programs
Canadian Women's Foundation
• Paulette Senior, President and Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to the order of reference of Saturday, April 11, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The witnesses answered questions.

At 3:04 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:05 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

The Chair presented the Second Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows:

Your subcommittee met on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, to consider the business of the committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

  1. That the witnesses from the second panel of the meeting of Thursday, June 4, 2020, be invited to appear at the meeting of Monday, June 15, 2020.
  2. That the Chair, in cooperation with the clerk and analysts, be instructed to draft a letter to be sent to the relevant ministers concerning the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and that the letter be approved by the committee.
  3. That all evidence received by the committee as part of its study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic be deemed to have been received as part of its study of the review of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act.
  4. That the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and departmental officials be invited to appear before the committee in relation to its study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. That, notwithstanding the motion adopted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, witnesses appearing at virtual meetings of the committee be given seven and a half minutes for their opening statement.
  6. That, concerning the meeting of Monday, June 15, 2020, members complete two rounds of questioning with the witnesses followed immediately by committee business.

Debate arose thereon.

Motion

Wayne Long moved, — That the Second Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be concurred in.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Dan Albas, Louise Chabot, Han Dong, Rosemarie Falk, Stephanie Kusie, Jenny Kwan, Wayne Long, Ryan Turnbull, Adam Vaughan, Karen Vecchio, Kate Young — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

Motion

Dan Albas moved, — That the committee conduct a study of the Canada Summer Jobs Program; that all aspects of program operation in 2020 be examined, with comparison to previous years; that riding by riding data be examined from the government as it relates to the program; that any other aspect of the program that the committee deems necessary be studied; that the witnesses include the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, along with officials from the Department of Employment and Social Development and other witnesses the committee deems necessary; that this study be completed by Monday, September 21, 2020; that the committee present its findings to the House and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, a comprehensive response be requested from the government.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Kate Young moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “by Monday, September 21, 2020” with the words “no later than Tuesday, December 15, 2020”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Kate Young and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Louise Chabot, Han Dong, Jenny Kwan, Wayne Long, Ryan Turnbull, Adam Vaughan, Kate Young — 7;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Rosemarie Falk, Stephanie Kusie, Karen Vecchio — 4.

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

YEAS: Dan Albas, Louise Chabot, Han Dong, Rosemarie Falk, Stephanie Kusie, Jenny Kwan, Wayne Long, Ryan Turnbull, Adam Vaughan, Karen Vecchio, Kate Young — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the committee conduct a study of the Canada Summer Jobs Program; that all aspects of program operation in 2020 be examined, with comparison to previous years; that riding by riding data be examined from the government as it relates to the program; that any other aspect of the program that the committee deems necessary be studied; that the witnesses include the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, along with officials from the Department of Employment and Social Development and other witnesses the committee deems necessary; that this study be completed no later than Tuesday, December 15, 2020; that the committee present its findings to the House and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, a comprehensive response be requested from the government.

Motion

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That the committee call upon the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion and the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, to appear before the committee with department officials, separately for one hour each, to discuss the spending priorities outlined in the Main Estimates 2020-21, and that this meeting occur before Friday, July 31, 2020.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Jenny Kwan moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “for one hour each” with the words “for two hours each, one hour with the Minister and one hour with departmental officials,”.

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

YEAS: Dan Albas, Louise Chabot, Han Dong, Rosemarie Falk, Stephanie Kusie, Jenny Kwan, Wayne Long, Ryan Turnbull, Adam Vaughan, Karen Vecchio, Kate Young — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

Amendment

Jenny Kwan moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “Friday, July 31, 2020” with the words “Sunday, November 15, 2020”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Jenny Kwan and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Louise Chabot, Han Dong, Jenny Kwan, Wayne Long, Ryan Turnbull, Adam Vaughan, Kate Young — 7;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Rosemarie Falk, Stephanie Kusie, Karen Vecchio — 4.

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

YEAS: Dan Albas, Louise Chabot, Han Dong, Rosemarie Falk, Stephanie Kusie, Jenny Kwan, Wayne Long, Ryan Turnbull, Adam Vaughan, Karen Vecchio, Kate Young — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the committee call upon the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion and the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, to appear before the committee with department officials, separately for two hours each, one hour with the Minister and one hour with departmental officials, to discuss the spending priorities outlined in the Main Estimates 2020-21, and that this meeting occur before Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Motion

Louise Chabot moved, — That the committee hold three meetings this summer as follows: one meeting the week of July 20, 2020, one meeting the week of August 10, 2020, and one meeting the week of August 24, 2020.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Louise Chabot, Han Dong, Wayne Long, Ryan Turnbull, Adam Vaughan, Kate Young — 6;

NAYS: Dan Albas, Rosemarie Falk, Stephanie Kusie, Jenny Kwan — 4.

At 4:26 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marie-France Lafleur
Committee Clerk