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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 97
Thursday, February 15, 2024, 3:30 p.m. to 5:32 p.m.
Karen Vecchio, Chair (Conservative)

• Eric Melillo for Michelle Ferreri (Conservative)
• Brad Vis for Michelle Ferreri (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Clare Annett, Analyst
• Alexia Lagacé-Roy, Analyst
• Hon. Rechie Valdez, P.C., M.P., Minister of Small Business
As an individual
• Lohifa Pogoson Acker, Business Owner
Department of Industry
• Francis Bilodeau, Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
• Etienne-René Massie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Services
• Fae Johnstone, Executive Director
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, September 21, 2023, the committee resumed its study of women's economic empowerment.

At 3:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:33 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The Minister made a statement and, with Francis Bilodeau and Etienne-René Massie, answered questions.

At 4:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:35 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Lohifa Pogoson Acker and Fae Johnstone made statements and answered questions.

At 5:12 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), it was agreed that the committee continue to sit.

At 5:17 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:22 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the committee resumed its study of human trafficking of women, girls and gender diverse people.

The committee resumed consideration of a draft report.

It was agreed, — That the draft report, as amended, be adopted.

It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: "Act Now: Preventing Human Trafficking of Women, Girls and Gender Diverse People in Canada".

It was agreed, — That the Chair, clerk and analysts be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.

It was agreed, — That dissenting or supplementary opinions be in Calibri 12-point font, left aligned, single-spaced, and be submitted electronically, in both official languages, to the clerk of the committee, not later than 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, February 23, 2024.

ORDERED, — That the Chair present the report to the House.

ORDERED, — That the clerk and analysts of the committee, in consultation with the Chair, prepare a news release for publication on the committee’s website and for distribution upon presentation of the report to the House.
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

ORDERED, — That the analysts prepare a draft letter regarding gender-based analysis (GBA) budgeting in all federal departments to be distributed to committee members.

At 5:32 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Danielle Widmer
Clerk of the committee