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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 101
Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 4:43 p.m. to 6:35 p.m.
Ali Ehsassi, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Allison Goody, Analyst
• Billy Joe Siekierski, Analyst
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
• Cheryl Urban, Assistant Deputy Minister
• Caroline Delany, Director General, Southern and Eastern Africa Bureau
• Marcel Lebleu, Director General, West and Central African Bureau
• Susan Steffen, Director General, Pan-Africa Bureau
• Apeksha Kumar, Director, Maghreb and Egypt
Department of National Defence
• Gregory Smith, Director General, International Security Policy
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, January 29, 2024, the committee commenced its study of Canada’s approach to Africa.

Cheryl Urban and MGen Gregory Smith made statements and, with Apeksha Kumar, Susan Steffen, Caroline Delany and Marcel Lebleu, answered questions.

Heather McPherson gave notice of the following motion:

That, given the failure of Global Affairs Canada to produce the documents requested by this committee on Monday, February 12, 2024, and the letter to the committee from the Deputy Minister dated Wednesday, March 13, 2024, requesting further instruction, the chair instruct the clerk to publish the letter and annex received from Global Affairs Canada on Canada’s arms exports to Israel on the public committee web page;

That the committee instruct Global Affairs Canada to:

(a) provide details on all current open export and brokering permits for military goods and technology to Israel, without redaction for commercial confidentiality, as the Committee requested in its motion of Monday, February 12, 2024;
(b) provide details on all export or brokering permits for military goods and technology to Israel, whether open or expired, dating back to 2020, not 2006 as the Committee requested in its motion of Monday, February 12, 2024;
(c) reissue the annex without redactions for commercial confidentiality, as the committee motion specified;

That these details be provided within 30 days of adoption of this motion; and,

That, once received, these documents be made public on the committee website.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $ 39,750, for the study of Canada's approach to Africa, be adopted.

At 6:35 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Danielle Widmer
Clerk of the committee