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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 20
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 3:33 p.m. to 5:24 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Wayne Easter, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Andrew Barton, Analyst
• Brett Capwell, Analyst
• Michaël Lambert-Racine, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

On motion of Gabriel Ste-Marie, it was agreed, — That, in relation to Orders of Reference from the House respecting Bills,

  1. the clerk of the committee shall, upon the committee receiving such an Order of Reference, write to each member who is not a member of a caucus represented on the committee to invite those members to file with the clerk of the committee, in both official languages, any amendments to the Bill which is the subject of the said Order which they would suggest that the committee consider;
  2. suggested amendments filed, pursuant to paragraph (a), at least 48 hours prior of the start of clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill to which the amendments relate shall be deemed to be proposed during the said consideration, provided that the committee may, by motion, vary this deadline in respect of a given Bill, and
  3. during the clause-by-clause consideration of a Bill, the Chair shall allow a member who filed suggested amendments, pursuant to paragraph (a), an opportunity to make brief representations in support of them.

On motion of Julie Dzerowicz, it was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $ 1,275, for the study of Bill C-224, An Act to amend An Act to authorize the making of certain fiscal payments to provinces, and to authorize the entry into tax collection agreements with provinces, be adopted.

Department of Finance
• Galen Countryman, Director General, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch
• Evelyn Dancey, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch
• Soren Halverson, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Financial Sector Policy Branch
• Miodrag Jovanovic, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Tax Policy Branch
• Alison McDermott, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch
• Tushara Williams, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch
Canada Revenue Agency
• Ted Gallivan, Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Programs Branch
• Frank Vermaeten, Assistant Commissioner, Assessment, Benefit and Service Branch
Department of Employment and Social Development
• Cliff C. Groen, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Benefits and Integrated Services Branch, Service Canada
• Mark Perlman, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
• Elisha Ram, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch
• Atiq Rahman, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Learning Branch
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Friday, February 5, 2021, the committee resumed its study of the Covid-19 spending and programs.

Frank Vermaeten, Miodrag Jovanovic, Alison McDermott, Tushara, Williams, Ted Gallivan, Evelyn Dancey, Elisha Ram and Galen Countryman answered questions.

Motion

Gabriel Ste-Marie moved, — That the government come before the committee in an in camera meeting and present the details of the “additional support for research and vaccines” in connection with the contracts on vaccines, by the end of March 2021 at the latest.

Debate arose thereon.

On motion of Sean Fraser, it was agreed, — That the committee proceed to the study on Covid-19 spending and programs and discuss the motion of Mr. Ste-Marie at the end of this meeting.

Soren Halverson, Cliff C. Groen, Alison McDermott, Elisha Ram, Miodrag Jovanovic and Evelyn Dancey answered questions.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion of Gabriel Ste-Marie, — That the government come before the committee in an in camera meeting and present the details of the “additional support for research and vaccines” in connection with the contracts on vaccines, by the end of March 2021 at the latest.

The question was put on the motion of Gabriel Ste-Marie and it was agreed to.

At 5:24 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Alexandre Roger
Clerk of the Committee