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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 25
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 3:03 p.m. to 6:03 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Sherry Romanado, Chair (Liberal)

• Cheryl Gallant for Hon. Michelle Rempel Garner (Conservative)
• Garnett Genuis for Hon. Michelle Rempel Garner (Conservative)
• Lloyd Longfield for Helena Jaczek (Liberal)
• Tako Van Popta for Earl Dreeshen (Conservative)
• Paul Manly (Green Party)
• Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay (Bloc Québécois)
Library of Parliament
• Sarah Lemelin-Bellerose, Analyst
• Francis Lord, Analyst
As an individual
• Peter Glossop, Partner, Competition, Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP
• Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta
Business Council of Canada
• Brian Kingston, Vice-President, Policy, International and Fiscal
Canadian Bar Association
• Debbie Salzberger, Chair, Foreign Investment Review Committee, Competition Law Section and Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
• Michael Kilby, Vice-Chair, Foreign Investment Review Committee, Competition Law Section and Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP
• Marc-André O'Rourke, Lawyer, Advocacy
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
• Tim Hahlweg, Assistant Director, Requirements
Department of Industry
• Mitch Davies, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Industry Sector
Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
• Dominic Rochon, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, National Security and Cyber Security Branch
Équiterre
• Marc-André Viau, Director, Government Relations
Stand.earth
• Tzeporah Berman, Director, International Program
UNITE HERE Canada
• Michelle Travis, Research Director
Pursuant to the order of reference of Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, June 1, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the Investment Canada Act.

Mitch Davies, Dominic Rochon and Tim Hahlweg made statements and answered questions.

At 4:13 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:26 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Motion

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology invite senior representatives from Loblaw Companies Ltd., Metro Inc. and Empire Company Ltd. to explain their decisions to cancel, on the same day, the modest increase in wages for front-line grocery store workers during the pandemic, including how those decisions are consistent with competition laws.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Brian Masse moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words "Empire Company Ltd." the following: "and other witnesses".

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

YEAS: Ali Ehsassi, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Garnett Genuis, Tracy Gray, Majid Jowhari, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Sébastien Lemire, Lloyd Longfield, Brian Masse, Jeremy Patzer, Tako Van Popta — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

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

YEAS: Ali Ehsassi, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Garnett Genuis, Tracy Gray, Majid Jowhari, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Sébastien Lemire, Lloyd Longfield, Brian Masse, Jeremy Patzer, Tako Van Popta — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology invite senior representatives from Loblaw Companies Ltd., Metro Inc. and Empire Company Ltd. and other witnesses to explain their decisions to cancel, on the same day, the modest increase in wages for front-line grocery store workers during the pandemic, including how those decisions are consistent with competition laws.

Michelle Travis, Marc-André Viau, Brian Kingston, Gordon Houlden, Peter Glossop, Debbie Salzberger, Michael Kilby, Marc-André O'Rourke and Tzeporah Berman made statements and answered questions.

At 6:03 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michael MacPherson
Clerk of the Committee