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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 21
Friday, March 26, 2021, 1:03 p.m. to 3:56 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Scott Simms, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Paul Cardegna, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Gabrielle de Billy Brown, Analyst
• Marion Ménard, Analyst
Motion

Han Dong moved, — That in light of recent reports showing that since March 2020 more than 1,100 attacks against Canadians of Asian descent have been reported; that over 500 of those attacks occurred in the first two months of this year alone; that children, youth and seniors are most likely to be affected by incidents of physical assault; and that this coincides with a global rise of anti-Asian racism, including the killing of 6 Asian-American women in Georgia; that pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) the committee undertake a study of no more than three meetings to review the rise of anti-Asian racism in Canada; that the committee report its findings; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request that the government table a comprehensive response.

It was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned.

Motion

Heather McPherson moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on the roots of anti-Asian racism and strategies to prevent and deter anti-Asian racism, including support and resources for victims and communities; that the committee hold at least three meetings to hear from witnesses; that the committee present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 180 calendar days from the adoption of this motion; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response.

It was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned.

Motion

Julie Dabrusin moved, — That the committee extend the hours of its meetings during clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, and hold any additional meetings required to make the necessary changes to the outdated Broadcasting Act and move the bill to third reading at the earliest opportunity.

It was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned.

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
• Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer
• Scott Hutton, Chief of Consumer, Research and Communications
• Scott Shortliffe, Executive Director, Broadcasting
• Rachelle Frenette, General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director
Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations
• Catherine Edwards, Executive Director
• Alex Freedman, Executive Director, Community Radio Fund of Canada
Professional Music Publishers' Association
• Jérôme Payette, Executive Director
Pursuant to the order of reference of Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the committee resumed consideration of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts.

Ian Scott made a statement and, with Scott Hutton, Scott Shortliffe and Rachelle Frenette, answered questions.

At 2:06 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 2:09 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Catherine Edwards, Alex Freedman and Jérôme Payette made statements and answered questions.

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

Motion

Martin Shields moved, — That the committee resume consideration of the motion moved by Heather McPherson, which read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on the roots of anti-Asian racism and strategies to prevent and deter anti-Asian racism, including support and resources for victims and communities; that the committee hold at least three meetings to hear from witnesses; that the committee present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 180 calendar days from the adoption of this motion; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response.

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

YEAS: Scott Aitchison, Heather McPherson, Alain Rayes, Martin Shields, Kevin Waugh — 5;

NAYS: Lyne Bessette, Martin Champoux, Julie Dabrusin, Han Dong, Marci Ien, Tim Louis — 6.

It was agreed, — That the committee resume consideration of the motion moved by Han Dong, which read as follows:

In light of recent reports showing that since March 2020 more than 1,100 attacks against Canadians of Asian descent have been reported; that over 500 of those attacks occurred in the first two months of this year alone; that children, youth and seniors are most likely to be affected by incidents of physical assault; and that this coincides with a global rise of anti-Asian racism, including the killing of 6 Asian-American women in Georgia; that pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) the committee undertake a study of no more than three meetings to review the rise of anti-Asian racism in Canada; that the committee report its findings; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request that the government table a comprehensive response.

The debate continued.

Amendment

Heather McPherson moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “no more than” with the words “at least”; and by adding after the words "report its findings" the following: "and recommendations to the House no later than 180 calendar days from the adoption of this motion".

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

YEAS: Scott Aitchison, Lyne Bessette, Martin Champoux, Julie Dabrusin, Han Dong, Marci Ien, Tim Louis, Heather McPherson, Alain Rayes, Martin Shields, Kevin Waugh — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

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

YEAS: Scott Aitchison, Lyne Bessette, Martin Champoux, Julie Dabrusin, Han Dong, Marci Ien, Tim Louis, Heather McPherson, Alain Rayes, Martin Shields, Kevin Waugh — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

In light of recent reports showing that since March 2020 more than 1,100 attacks against Canadians of Asian descent have been reported; that over 500 of those attacks occurred in the first two months of this year alone; that children, youth and seniors are most likely to be affected by incidents of physical assault; and that this coincides with a global rise of anti-Asian racism, including the killing of 6 Asian-American women in Georgia; that pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) the committee undertake a study of at least three meetings to review the rise of anti-Asian racism in Canada; that the committee report its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 180 calendar days from the adoption of this motion; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request that the government table a comprehensive response.

It was agreed, — That the committee resume consideration of the motion moved by Julie Dabrusin, which read as follows:

That the committee extend the hours of its meetings during clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, and hold any additional meetings required to make the necessary changes to the outdated Broadcasting Act and move the bill to third reading at the earliest opportunity.

The debate continued.

Motion

Alain Rayes moved, — That the committee do now adjourn.

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

YEAS: Scott Aitchison, Martin Champoux, Alain Rayes, Martin Shields, Kevin Waugh — 5;

NAYS: Lyne Bessette, Julie Dabrusin, Han Dong, Marci Ien, Tim Louis, Heather McPherson — 6.

The committee resumed debate on the motion of Julie Dabrusin, — That the committee extend the hours of its meetings during clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, and hold any additional meetings required to make the necessary changes to the outdated Broadcasting Act and move the bill to third reading at the earliest opportunity.

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

YEAS: Lyne Bessette, Julie Dabrusin, Han Dong, Marci Ien, Tim Louis, Heather McPherson — 6;

NAYS: Scott Aitchison, Martin Champoux, Alain Rayes, Martin Shields, Kevin Waugh — 5.

At 3:56 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Aimée Belmore
Clerk of the Committee