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Meeting No. 54
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration met in a televised session at 3:33 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, David Tilson, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Rick Dykstra, Mylène Freeman, Sadia Groguhé, Roxanne James, Kevin Lamoureux, Chungsen Leung, Costas Menegakis, Ted Opitz, Jinny Jogindera Sims, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, David Tilson and John Weston.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Julie Béchard, Analyst; Sandra Elgersma, Analyst.


Appearing: Hon. Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P., Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.


Witnesses: Department of Citizenship and Immigration: Neil Yeates, Deputy Minister; Les Linklater, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy; Marie Bourry, Executive Director and Senior General Counsel, Legal Services. Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Emmanuelle Deault-Bonin, Acting Senior Director, National Security Policy Directorate. Canada Border Services Agency: Peter Hill, Director General, Post-Border Programs.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-43, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The Minister made a statement.


It was agreed, — That the document entitled "New authority for refusal guidelines" be presented to the Committee by the Minister.


The Minister, with Neil Yeates, Les Linklater, Emmanuelle Deault-Bonin and Peter Hill, answered questions.


At 5:25 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:26 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That the Sixth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows, be concurred in:

Your Subcommittee met on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That Minister Kenney appear before the Committee on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. regarding Bill C-43, The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act;

2. That the Committee hear witnesses from Wednesday, October 24, 2012, to Wednesday, November 21, 2012, inclusively, in relation to Bill C-43;

3. That the meetings to hear witnesses be divided into one-hour panels, and that each panel include at most two (2) organizations or three (3) individuals, with a maximum of two (2) representatives per organization;

4. That Committee members submit their prioritized witness lists, with the witnesses’ complete contact information, to the Clerk no later than Monday, October 22, 2012, before the close of business (4:30 p.m.) and that these lists be modified only if agreed unanimously by the Subcommittee members;

5. That the total number of witnesses be divided among the recognized parties according to their standings in the House of Commons: thirteen (13) witnesses for the Government (Conservative Party), eight (8) witnesses for the Official Opposition (New Democratic Party) and three (3) witnesses for the other opposition party (Liberal Party);

6. That, for a panel of two (2) witnesses, each organization or individual be given ten (10) minutes to make an opening statement and that for a panel of three witnesses, each organization or individual be given eight (8) minutes to make an opening statement;

7. That witnesses invited to appear be given the choice to appear in person or by videoconference (upon availability);

8. That the Committee begin the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill on Monday, November 26, 2012, and if necessary, the Committee hold an additional meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 and, if the clause-by-clause consideration has not been completed by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, the Chair interrupt debate and put the question on all remaining clauses and amendments, as well as all other questions necessary to dispose of this stage of the Bill;

9. That amendments to the Bill be submitted to the clerk in both official languages forty-eight (48) hours before beginning clause-by-clause consideration, that is, before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012, and that these amendments be distributed to members in both official languages as soon as possible on Monday, November 26, 2012;

10. That the Committee’s meetings on Bill C-43 be televised, if possible;

11. That, if the Supplementary Estimates (B) 2012–2013 are referred to the Committee while it is studying Bill C 43, the Committee hold an additional meeting outside its regular meeting time so that the Minister can be invited to appear on this matter;

12. That the Committee invite officials from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and from the Canada Border Services Agency to appear on Monday, December 3, 2012 for two (2) hours, on its study ‘Standing on Guard for Thee: Ensuring that Canada's Immigration System is Secure’ and that the Committee hold a meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 to give drafting instructions to the analysts.


It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $20,300.00, for the Committee's study of Bill C-43, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, be adopted.


At 5:30 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Julie Lalande Prud'homme
Clerk of the Committee

2013-01-31 1:54 p.m.