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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 30
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3:31 p.m. to 5:39 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Wayne Easter, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Brett Capwell, Analyst
• Michaël Lambert-Racine, Analyst
Association des stations de ski du Québec
• Yves Juneau, Chief Executive Director
• Jean-Michel Ryan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mont Sutton
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
• Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice-President, Policy and Government Relations
Collectif Échec aux paradis fiscaux
• William Ross, Co-ordination Officer
First West Credit Union
• Kendall Gross, President, Island Savings Regions
• Shelley Besse, Chief Credit Officer
PEI Business Continuity Group
• Kevin Murphy, Chief Executive Officer and Spokesperson, President of Murphy Hospitality Group
Retail Council of Canada
• Karl Littler, Senior Vice-President, Public Affairs
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.

Yves Juneau, Mathiew Wilson, William Ross, Shelley Besse, Kevin Murphy, and Karl Littler made statements and, with Jean-Michel Ryan and Kendall Gross, answered questions.

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

On motion of Gabriel Ste-Marie, it was agreed, — That the clerk inform each witness who is to appear before the committee that the House Administration support team must conduct technical tests to check the connectivity and the equipment used to ensure the best possible sound quality; and that the Chair advises the committee, at the start of each meeting, of any witness who did not perform the required technical tests.

Motion

Gabriel Ste-Marie moved, — That the text of any substantive motion be distributed in writing in both official languages to all committee members before the committee begins debate on such a motion.

At 5:22 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), it was agreed that the committee continue to sit for an additional 20 minutes.

Debate on the motion of Gabriel Ste-Marie continued.

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

YEAS: Peter Julian, Gabriel Ste-Marie — 2;

NAYS: Pam Damoff, Julie Dzerowicz, Ted Falk, Ed Fast, Peter Fragiskatos, Sean Fraser, Tamara Jansen, Pat Kelly, Michael V. McLeod — 9.

On motion of Gabriel Ste-Marie, it was agreed, — That all documents submitted for committee business that do not come from a federal department or from an MP office or that have not been translated by the Translation Bureau be sent for prior linguistic review by the Translation Bureau before being distributed to members.

Motion

Julie Dzerowicz moved, — That the Standing Committee undertake an urgent study on eliminating interprovincial and territorial trade barriers, to allow for the immediate unrestricted movement of goods and people across provincial and territorial boundaries, and that:

  1. The study consist of at least four meetings, with each meeting lasting no less than two hours;
  2. Witnesses, including representatives from the Council of the Federation, New West Partnership, and other key relevant federal, provincial and territorial leaders be invited to give testimony;
  3. The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and relevant department officials be asked to appear before the committee;
  4. The Chair be empowered to set timelines for witness recommendations from committee members, and to schedule witness appearances;
  5. The committee present a report on this study with its recommendations to the House in early 2021.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Peter Julian moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the word "undertake" the following: "in September 2021" and by replacing the words “in early 2021” with the words “in late Fall 2021”.

Debate arose thereon.

At 5:39 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Alexandre Roger
Clerk of the Committee