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Meeting No. 63
Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Standing Committee on Finance met in a televised session at 9:02 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, James Rajotte, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Kelly Block, Bob Dechert, Daryl Kramp, Jean-Yves Laforest, Hon. John McCallum, Hon. John McKay, Ted Menzies, Massimo Pacetti, James Rajotte and Mike Wallace.


Acting Members present: Alex Atamanenko for Thomas J. Mulcair and Jean-Yves Roy for Robert Carrier.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Mark Mahabir, Analyst. House of Commons: Travis Ladouceur, Committee Clerk.


Witnesses: Forest Products Association of Canada: Avrim Lazar, President and Chief Executive Officer. Canadian Petroleum Products Institute: Peter Boag, President; Tony Macerollo, Vice-President, Policy and Communications. Brain Injury Association of Canada: Harry Zarins, Executive Director; Yvan Teasdale, Board Member. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Suzanne Fortier, President; Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Executive Vice-President. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Chad Gaffield, President; Carmen Charette, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs Secretariat. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Christine Fitzgerald, Executive Vice-President. Canadian Land Trust Alliance: Dave Walker, Executive Director. Association of Atlantic Universities: Peter Halpin, Executive Director. Own the Podium 2010: Roger Jackson, Chief Executive Officer; Alex Baumann, Chief Technical Officer. Pallium Foundation of Canada: José Pereira, Founding Director; Sharon Baxter, Executive Director of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Physical Activity Policy Collective: Andrew Pipe, Medical Director of the Minto Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Andrea Grantham, Executive Director of Physical and Health Education Canada. National Graduate Caucus: Graham Cox, Researcher, Research Branch. Association of Canadian Airport Duty Free Operators: Richard Rendeck, Chief Executive Officer of Nuance Group North America; Myron Keehn, Director of Concessions, Land and Parking Development, Edmonton International Airport. Canadian Vintners Association: Dan Paszkowski, President and Chief Operating Officer. Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association: Joyce Reynolds, Executive Vice-President, Government Affairs; Ron Reaman, Vice-President.

Pursuant to Standing Order 83.1, the Committee resumed its pre-budget consultations 2009.

Avrim Lazar, Peter Boag, Harry Zarins, Suzanne Fortier, Chad Gaffield, Christine Fitzgerald, Dave Walker and Peter Halpin made statements and answered questions.


At 10:30 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:38 a.m., the sitting resumed.


Roger Jackson, José Pereira, Andrea Grantham, Graham Cox, Richard Rendeck, Myron Keehn, Dan Paszkowski and Joyce Reynolds, made statements and, with Alex Baumann and Sharon Baxter, answered questions.


At 11:35 a.m., Massimo Pacetti took the Chair.


At 11:40 a.m., James Rajotte took the Chair.


At 12:04 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:05 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

The Chair presented the 3rd Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

That on November 24, November 26, and December 1st, 2009, the Committee study the draft report on the Pre-budget Consultations 2009; and

That the Committee hold hearings:

On November 25, 2009, to study Bill C-288, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (tax credit for new graduates working in designated regions);

On December 3rd, 2009, to begin the study on self employed persons and their classification as personal service business by the Canadain Revenue Agency;

On January 26, 2010, for the appearance before the Committee of the Parliamentary Budget Officer; and

On January 28, 2010, to begin the study on pensions.


On motion of Mike Wallace, it was agreed, — That the report of the Subcommittee be concurred in.


At 12:06 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

2009/11/05 3:59 p.m.