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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 31
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 3:33 p.m. to 8:29 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Vance Badawey, Chair (Liberal)

• Hon. Andrew Scheer for Michael Kram (Conservative)
• Hon. Andrew Scheer for Doug Shipley (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Geneviève Gosselin, Analyst
• Alexandre Lafrenière, Analyst
City of Corner Brook
• Jim Parsons, Mayor
City of Sept-Îles
• Réjean Porlier, Mayor
Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority
• Ian Hamilton, President and Chief Executive Officer
Insurance Bureau of Canada
• Craig Stewart, Vice-President, Federal Affairs
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, October 29, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the targeted infrastructure investment.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

Motion

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That with the exception of the planned appearance of the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the study of the Government’s Response to the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 Tragedy and one meeting on the Twin Otter type aircraft study, that the committee prioritize all remaining meetings before June 10th in the Spring schedule to the consideration and adoption of reports with regard to the following studies: Aircraft Certification Process; Impact of Covid-19 on the Aviation Sector; and Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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

YEAS: Taylor Bachrach, Xavier Barsalou-Duval, Fayçal El-Khoury, Andy Fillmore, Angelo Iacono, Helena Jaczek, Stephanie Kusie, Churence Rogers, Andrew Scheer, Doug Shipley, Gerald Soroka — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

Motion

Andrew Scheer moved, — That the committee resume consideration of the motion moved by Stephanie Kusie, on Thursday, April 29, 2021, which, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), an order of this committee do issue for a copy of all relevant documents relating to the agreement signed with ITC holdings regarding the Lake Erie Connector, including, but not limited to, the agreement itself, all correspondence between ITC Holdings and the CIB, any appendices, terms of a repayment schedule, the Bank’s evaluation of the project and any other relevant documents in an unredacted form within 30 days of the adoption of this order.

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

YEAS: Taylor Bachrach, Xavier Barsalou-Duval, Stephanie Kusie, Andrew Scheer, Doug Shipley, Gerald Soroka — 6;

NAYS: Fayçal El-Khoury, Andy Fillmore, Angelo Iacono, Helena Jaczek, Churence Rogers — 5.

Accordingly, the debate resumed on the amendment moved by Andrew Scheer, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, which read as follows:

That the motion be amended by replacing all the words after “Standing Order 108(1)(a),” with the following:

"the committee order the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to produce a copy of all documents relating to the agreement signed with ITC holdings (ITC) regarding the Lake Erie Connector, including the agreement itself, any its appendices or schedules, all correspondence between ITC and the CIB, terms of any repayment schedule, any CIB’s evaluation of the project and any other relevant documents;

That the documents be provided in an unredacted form to the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel within 30 days of the adoption of this order;

That the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel redact from the documents, except for the agreement itself, its appendices or schedules: (a) any information that constitutes a trade secret, (b) any information the disclosure of which could reasonably result in material financial loss or gain to ITC or a third party or prejudice their competitive position, (c) any information the disclosure of which could reasonably interfere with contractual or other negotiations of ITC or a third party, and (d) any personal private information;

That the CIB, in consultation with ITC, may propose redactions to the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel respecting the information that should be redacted pursuant to this order; and

That the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel provide the redacted documents to the committee as soon as the redactions are completed”

At 5:47 p.m., the Chair suspended the meeting until 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

At 6:35 p.m., on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the sitting resumed in Room 315, Wellington Building.

The debate continued.

Motion

Andrew Scheer moved, — That the committee do now adjourn.

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

YEAS: Taylor Bachrach, Xavier Barsalou-Duval, Michael Kram, Stephanie Kusie, Andrew Scheer, Gerald Soroka — 6;

NAYS: Fayçal El-Khoury, Andy Fillmore, Angelo Iacono, Helena Jaczek, Churence Rogers — 5.

At 8:29 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michael MacPherson
Clerk of the Committee