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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 65
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 11:06 a.m. to 1:05 p.m.
Ali Ehsassi, Chair (Liberal)

• Shelby Kramp-Neuman for Hon. Michael D. Chong (Conservative)
• Mark Strahl for Garnett Genuis (Conservative)
• Julie Vignola for Stéphane Bergeron (Bloc Québécois)
Library of Parliament
• Allison Goody, Analyst
• Billy Joe Siekierski, Analyst
• Hon. Peter Harder, P.C., Senator
As an individual
• Mario Bellissimo, Lawyer, Certified Specialist, Bellissimo Law Group Professional Corporation
• Marcus Kolga, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
The Canadian Bar Association
• Lisa Middlemiss, Chair, Immigration Law Section
The Refugee Centre
• Abdulla Daoud, Executive Director
Ukrainian Canadian Congress
• Ihor Michalchyshyn, Chief Executive Officer
• Orest Zakydalsky, Senior Policy Advisor
Pursuant to the order of reference of Monday, February 13, 2023, the committee resumed consideration of Bill S-8, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, to make consequential amendments to other Acts and to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.


Heather McPherson moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and in light of recent events in Israel and Palestine, the committee conduct a study on the actions Canada should take to foster peace and respect for human rights and international law in the region; that the study consist of at least eight meetings; that the Minister of Foreign Affairs be invited to appear and that the committee invite witnesses from Canadian civil society, international humanitarian organizations, and Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations; that the committee reports its findings to the House, and that pursuant to Standing Order 109 the government table a comprehensive response to the report.

Debate arose thereon.


Garnett Genuis moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

YEAS: Rachel Bendayan, Dave Epp, Hedy Fry, Garnett Genuis, Randy Hoback, Shelby Kramp-Neuman, Robert Oliphant — 7;

NAYS: Stéphane Bergeron, Heather McPherson, Sameer Zuberi — 3.

Peter Harder made a statement and answered questions.

At 11:43 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:50 a.m., the sitting resumed.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

At 1:05 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Ariane Gagné-Frégeau
Clerk of the committee