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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 2
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 3:34 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Presiding
Vance Badawey, Chair (Liberal)

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• Daniel Farrelly, Analyst
• Geneviève Gosselin, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

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

Your Subcommittee met on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

  1. That any motion to go in camera should be debatable and amendable, and that the committee may only meet in camera for the following purposes: (a) to discuss administrative matters of the committee; (b) to draft a report; (c) briefings concerning national security; and (d) for any other reason, with the unanimous consent of the committee.
  2. That whenever a Minister appears before the Committee, every effort be made to ensure that the meeting is televised.
  3. That all requests to appear before the Committee be distributed to the Committee members.
  4. That, the Committee undertake a study of four meetings in regard to Transport Canada’s aircraft certification process, including, but not limited to, the nature of Transport Canada’s relationship to the Federal Aviation Administration and other certifying bodies, as well as the role of airplane manufacturers in the certification process.
  5. That, pursuant to 108(2), the Committee invite the Minister of Transport to appear on the subject of his mandate letter, and that this meeting take place by February 27, 2020.
  6. That, pursuant to 108(2), the Committee invite the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities to appear on the subject of her mandate letter, and that this meeting take place by February 27, 2020.
  7. That the Committee undertake a study of two (2) meetings on the risks of centralizing rail traffic control in Canada and the consequences of relocating CN rail traffic controllers in Montreal to Edmonton.
  8. That the Committee commit to undertake a study focusing on current and anticipated labour shortages in the Canadian transportation sector, for example truck drivers, mariners, maintenance staff, trainers/instructors and various types of engineers and technicians in the aviation sector. The study would identify the implications of such shortages and look at possible solutions to alleviate problems stemming from them; and that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.
  9. That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities undertake a study of Canada’s rural digital infrastructure; that the study consider the economic, health, and safety benefits of expanding and improving rural digital infrastructure; that the study consider both the public and private sector roles in enhancing rural digital infrastructure, including consideration of how to incentivize investments in rural connectivity by the private sector ; that the study consider the underlying causes of and prospective solutions to the gaps in wireless infrastructure deployment in rural Canada; that the Committee report its findings to the House; and that the Committee request a Government response to its report; and that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer
  10. That the Committee commit to undertake a study on the Gas Tax Fund. And that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.
  11. That the Committee commit to undertake a study focusing on how can the Investing in Canada program best be used to advance green innovation, for example creating jobs and reducing GHG emissions by expanding the climate lens to cover all Government of Canada infrastructure investments all while making investments in communities to ensure their long term success and resiliency. The study would also look to identify how we can expand the climate-lens for infrastructure projects. And that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.
  12. That the Committee commit to undertake a to review and provide recommendations on how the Government of Canada can electrify public transportation across the country. Review other international jurisdictions, municipalities, provinces and provide best practices. And that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.
  13. That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities undertake a study focusing on economic development in rural Canada; that the study review tax credits and other incentives for promoting growth in rural economies; that the study examine the infrastructure needs required to grow and diversify rural economies; that the study seek to identify how the Government can take a systematic approach to ensuring federal investments are attentive to rural needs and realities; that the Committee report its findings to the House; and that the Committee request a Government response to its report. And that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.

On motion of Todd Doherty, it was agreed, — That subparagraph number 3 be amended by adding the following: “and that all briefing materials submitted to the clerk be distributed to the committee members”.

On motion of Luc Berthold, it was agreed, — That subparagraph number 7 be amended by adding before the words “two (2) meetings” the following: “a minimum of”.

On motion of Todd Doherty, it was agreed, — That the report be amended by deleting subparagraph number 10.

It was agreed, — That the First Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, as amended, be concurred in.

The report read as follows:

  1. That any motion to go in camera should be debatable and amendable, and that the committee may only meet in camera for the following purposes: (a) to discuss administrative matters of the committee; (b) to draft a report; (c) briefings concerning national security; and (d) for any other reason, with the unanimous consent of the committee.
  2. That whenever a Minister appears before the Committee, every effort be made to ensure that the meeting is televised.
  3. That all requests to appear before the Committee be distributed to the Committee members; and that all briefing materials submitted to the clerk be distributed to the committee members.
  4. That, the Committee undertake a study of four meetings in regard to Transport Canada’s aircraft certification process, including, but not limited to, the nature of Transport Canada’s relationship to the Federal Aviation Administration and other certifying bodies, as well as the role of airplane manufacturers in the certification process.
  5. That, pursuant to 108(2), the Committee invite the Minister of Transport to appear on the subject of his mandate letter, and that this meeting take place by February 27, 2020.
  6. That, pursuant to 108(2), the Committee invite the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities to appear on the subject of her mandate letter, and that this meeting take place by February 27, 2020.
  7. That the Committee undertake a study of a minimum of two (2) meetings on the risks of centralizing rail traffic control in Canada and the consequences of relocating CN rail traffic controllers in Montreal to Edmonton.
  8. That the Committee commit to undertake a study focusing on current and anticipated labour shortages in the Canadian transportation sector, for example truck drivers, mariners, maintenance staff, trainers/instructors and various types of engineers and technicians in the aviation sector. The study would identify the implications of such shortages and look at possible solutions to alleviate problems stemming from them; and that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.
  9. That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities undertake a study of Canada’s rural digital infrastructure; that the study consider the economic, health, and safety benefits of expanding and improving rural digital infrastructure; that the study consider both the public and private sector roles in enhancing rural digital infrastructure, including consideration of how to incentivize investments in rural connectivity by the private sector ; that the study consider the underlying causes of and prospective solutions to the gaps in wireless infrastructure deployment in rural Canada; that the Committee report its findings to the House; and that the Committee request a Government response to its report; and that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer
  10. That the Committee commit to undertake a study focusing on how can the Investing in Canada program best be used to advance green innovation, for example creating jobs and reducing GHG emissions by expanding the climate lens to cover all Government of Canada infrastructure investments all while making investments in communities to ensure their long term success and resiliency. The study would also look to identify how we can expand the climate-lens for infrastructure projects. And that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.
  11. That the Committee commit to undertake a to review and provide recommendations on how the Government of Canada can electrify public transportation across the country. Review other international jurisdictions, municipalities, provinces and provide best practices. And that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.
  12. That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities undertake a study focusing on economic development in rural Canada; that the study review tax credits and other incentives for promoting growth in rural economies; that the study examine the infrastructure needs required to grow and diversify rural economies; that the study seek to identify how the Government can take a systematic approach to ensuring federal investments are attentive to rural needs and realities; that the Committee report its findings to the House; and that the Committee request a Government response to its report. And that, in consultation with the Committee Members, the Chair be empowered to coordinate the resources and scheduling necessary to execute these studies in 6 meetings or fewer.

At 4:50 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Caroline Bosc
Clerk of the Committee