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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 7
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 11:01 a.m. to 1:38 p.m.
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Sandra Elgersma, Analyst
As an individual
• James Bissett, Former Ambassador
• Audrey Macklin, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Legal Aid Ontario
• Andrew Brouwer, Senior Counsel, Refugee Law
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
• Debbie Douglas, Executive Director
National Council of Canadian Muslims
• Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director
• Khalid Elgazzar, Vice-Chair
Canadian Bar Association
• Tamra L. Thomson, Director, Legislation and Law Reform
• Christopher Veeman, Executive Member, National Immigration Law Section
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, March 21, 2016, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act.

Christopher Veeman, Tamra L. Thomson, Andrew Brouwer and Audrey Macklin made statements and answered questions.

At 12:03 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:10 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Ihsaan Gardee, Debbie Douglas and James Bissett made statements and answered questions.

Michelle Rempel raised a point of order, questioning the ability of the Chair to participate in the questioning of witnesses and whether it nullified the routine motions adopted by the Committee.

The Chair ruled that since all parties had been allowed their full time, the routine motion regarding time allocation for the questioning of witnesses was still pertinent, and that the Chair may exercise discretion to participate from time to time.

Whereupon, Michelle Rempel appealed the decision of the Chair.

The question: "Shall the decision of the Chair be sustained?" was put and the decision was sustained on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Shaun Chen, Ali Ehsassi, Randeep Sarai, Marwan Tabbara, Salma Zahid — 5;

NAYS: Jenny Kwan, Michelle Rempel, Bob Saroya, David Tilson — 4.


Shaun Chen moved, — That the meeting be extended for fifteen (15) minutes.

Debate arose thereon.


Michelle Rempel moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “ffifteen (15) minutes” with the words “a full extra round of questioning”.

Debate arose thereon.


Jenny Kwan moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “for fifteen (15) minutes” with the words “for the amount of time lost during the point of order debate”.

Debate arose thereon.

By unanimous consent, the subamendment was withdrawn.

The question was put on the amendment of Michelle Rempel and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 5.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 3.


Michelle Rempel moved, — That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee study the 2016 Immigration Levels Plan; that the study include an examination of planned reductions to the Caregiver Class; that the study investigate whether or not these reductions will result in increased backlogs; that this study be comprised of no less than two meetings to be held prior to May 1, 2016; that departmental officials be in attendance for at least one meeting, and that the Committee report its findings to the House.

Debate arose thereon.

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

YEAS: Jenny Kwan, Michelle Rempel, David Tilson — 3;

NAYS: Shaun Chen, Ali Ehsassi, Randeep Sarai, Marwan Tabbara, Salma Zahid — 5.

At 1:38 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee