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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 12
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 5:48 p.m. to 7:32 p.m.
Televised
Presiding

Library of Parliament
• Alison Clegg, Analyst
• Natacha Kramski, Analyst
• Ross Linden-Fraser, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

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

Your subcommittee met on Friday, February 12, 2021, to consider the business of the committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

  1. That, in relation to its study on the Enforcement of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act:
    1. The analysts prepare summaries of pertinent sections of the Volkswagen court documents submitted to the committee by the Volkswagen legal representative;
    2. These summaries be translated and distributed to committee members; and
    3. These summaries be considered as reference documents, which may be used when drafting the committee’s report.

  2. That, in relation to the Single-Use Plastics study:
    1. The committee adopt the proposed work plan ("Proposed Witness Panels for the Study on the Ban of Single-Use Plastics") prepared by the analysts, with additional or alternative witnesses scheduled as needed, based on witness availability, in consultation with the Chair and analysts;
    2. Sophie Langlois-Blouin and the Hon. Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy, Government of Alberta, be added to the panel on Recycling; and
    3. The Clorox Company of Canada be removed from the witness panels.

  3. That, in relation to its study of bill C-204:
      1. Two meetings be held;
      2. The clerk explores the possibility of holding these meetings during break weeks in March, contingent on the availability of House of Commons resources and direction from whips’ offices; and
      3. Suggested witnesses be submitted to the clerk no later than February 24, 2021.

    1. That, in relation to its meeting on the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (Ms. Collins’ motion):
      1. The meeting be held on March 8; and
      2. Suggested witnesses be submitted to the clerk no later than February 22, 2021.

    2. That, in relation to its study on Freshwater (M-34):
      1. Suggested witnesses be submitted to the clerk no later than March 31, 2021;
      2. The Chair, with the analysts, be authorized to draft questions and instructions for witnesses submitting briefs, and that these guidelines be published on the committee’s website;
      3. The Chair, with the clerk and analysts, be authorized to draft and publish a press release inviting interested persons to submit briefs; and
      4. Witnesses be invited to appear after briefs have been submitted and considered.

    On motion of Dan Albas, it was agreed, — That the Fourth Report of the subcommittee be concurred in.

    On motion of Lloyd Longfield, it was agreed, — That pursuant to Standing Order 81(5) and the order of reference of Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the committee consider the Supplementary Estimates (C) before the end of the current supply period and that the committee invite the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to appear in view of this study; that deputy ministers in the minister’s portfolio implicated in the Supplementary Estimates (C) appear alongside the minister; and that the minister appear for the first hour with deputy ministers remaining at the table for the entirety of the scheduled time.

    Motion

    Raj Saini moved, — That the committee conduct a review of eliminating food waste from all points of the supply chain, from: producer to distributor, retailer, restaurant, and customer; that the study include an examination of the root causes of food waste in the supply chain, identify and assess existing solutions developed in Canada, and include best policy practices from other countries; that this study be conducted over six meetings, and the results be reported to the House.

    It was agreed, — That the motion be amended by replacing the word “six” with the word “five".

    The motion, as amended, read as follows:

    That the committee conduct a review of eliminating food waste from all points of the supply chain, from: producer to distributor, retailer, restaurant, and customer; that the study include an examination of the root causes of food waste in the supply chain, identify and assess existing solutions developed in Canada, and include best policy practices from other countries; that this study be conducted over five meetings, and the results be reported to the House.

    At 6:18 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

    At 6:34 p.m., the committee resumed sitting in camera.

    It was agreed, — that the Chair exercise his discretion to schedule committee meetings during non-sitting weeks in March.

    Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, October 19, 2020, the committee resumed its study of zero emission vehicles.

    The committee commenced consideration of a draft report.

    At 7:32 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



    Isabelle Duford
    Clerk of the Committee