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Meeting No. 15
Monday, February 7, 2005

The Standing Committee on Transport met at 3:34 p.m. this day, in Room 701 La Promenade Building, the Chair, Roger Gallaway, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Dave Batters, Raymond Bonin, Robert Carrier, Bev Desjarlais, Hon. Roger Gallaway, Jim Gouk, Hon. Jim Karygiannis, Francis Scarpaleggia, Andrew Scheer and Caroline St-Hilaire.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: John Christopher, Analyst; Allison Padova, Analyst.


Witnesses: Farmer Rail Car Coalition: Bernie Churko, Advisor, Board of Directors. Farmer-Industry Partnership: Robert Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Weyburn Inland Terminal Ltd., Director of Western Grain Elevator Association, Director of Inland Terminal Association. Farmer Rail Car Coalition: Sinclair Harrison, President; Jim Robbins, Vice-President. Farmer-Industry Partnership: Albert Wagner, Past President of Western Barley Growers Association.

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

On motion of Caroline St-Hilaire, it was agreed, — That the proposed new Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail, Mr. Paul Côté, be invited to appear before the Committee on Wednesday, February 16, 2005.


Bev Desjarlais moved, — That in light of Mr. James Walsh's, at worst, breach of the ethics guidelines and, at best, obvious political ties, and with the understanding that the time allowed for a Committee review of his appointment has passed, the Committee should discuss presenting a letter to the Prime Minister asking for him to remove Mr. Walsh from the Board.

Debate arose thereon.


It was agreed, — That the consideration of the motion be suspended for 30 days or until the Ethics Commissioner issues a report, wichever comes first.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee resumed a briefing session on hopper cars.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 4:38 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:42 p.m., the sitting resumed.


The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 5:38 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Georges Etoka
Clerk of the Committee

2005/04/12 11:59 a.m.