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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 14
Monday, February 1, 2021, 4:06 p.m. to 5:34 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Salma Zahid, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Wassim Bouanani, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Madalina Chesoi, Analyst
• Martin McCallum, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion of Raquel Dancho, — That the report of the subcommittee be amended in paragraph 1 by replacing the words “and invite witnesses to appear for three hours” with the words “invite the minister to appear for 1 hour, and invite witnesses to appear for six hours”.

By unanimous consent, the motion was withdrawn.

Motion

Raquel Dancho moved, — That the report of the subcommittee be amended in paragraph 1 by replacing the words “and invite witnesses to appear for three hours,” with the words, “invite witnesses to appear for five hours, and invite the minister to appear for 1 hour and apply this testimony to the studies of Special Immigration Measures for the People of Hong Kong, and of Labour Market Impact Assessments, and that relevant witness testimony from the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations in the 43rd Parliament be used as evidence for the Special Immigration Measures for the people of Hong Kong study draft report”.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.

It was agreed, — That the Second Report of the subcommittee, as amended, be concurred in.

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

Your subcommittee met on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, to consider the business of the committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That, regarding the study of special immigration and refugee measures for the people of Hong Kong, the committee invite government officials to appear for one hour, invite witnesses to appear for five hours, and invite the minister to appear for 1 hour and apply this testimony to the studies of Special Immigration Measures for the People of Hong Kong, and of Labour Market Impact Assessments, and that relevant witness testimony from the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations in the 43rd Parliament be used as evidence for the Special Immigration Measures for the people of Hong Kong study draft report; and, that committee members submit their witness lists to the clerk of the committee by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021.

2. That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study on the use of the Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, including its administrative costs and processing timelines, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of labour shortages throughout the country with attention to municipalities and rural communities all in accordance with the Canada-Quebec Accord, the state of pilot projects in addressing labour shortages, the eligibility criteria for permanent residence and impacts on caregivers under the two pilot projects Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot, and possible solutions to addressing labour shortages; that the committee hear from witnesses for not less than five meetings and report its findings and recommendations to the House.

3. That, regarding the study of the Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, committee members submit their witness lists to the clerk of the committee by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Mustard Seeds Hong Kong Concern Group
• Brian Wong, Reverend
Alliance Canada Hong Kong
• Cherie Wong, Executive Director
As an individual
• Rev. Dominic Tse, Pastor
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motions adopted by the committee on October 20, 2021 and February 1, 2021, the committee resumed its study of special immigration and refugee measures for the people of Hong Kong.

Cherie Wong, Brian Wong and Dominic Tse made statements and answered questions.

At 5:34 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Leif-Erik Aune
Clerk of the Committee