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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 78
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 1:33 p.m.
Lloyd Longfield, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Kelsey Brennan, Analyst
• Grégoire Gayard, Analyst
House of Commons
• Andrew Wilson, Procedural Clerk
U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities
• Chad Gaffield, Chief Executive Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
• Pari Johnston, President & CEO
Universities Canada
• Philip Landon, Chief Operating Officer
Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities
• Nicole Vaugeois, Associate Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies
Polytechnics Canada
• Sarah Watts-Rynard, Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(i) and the motions adopted by the committee on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, and Thursday, February 15, 2024, the committee commenced its study of the distribution of federal government funding among Canada's post-secondary institutions.

Nicole Vaugeois, Chad Gaffield and Philip Landon made statements and answered questions.

At 12:00 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:04 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Sarah Watts-Rynard and Pari Johnston made statements and answered questions.

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


Michelle Rempel Garner moved, — Given that,

(a) 40% of Western University students are experiencing food insecurity and require assistance;

(b) The Western University Student Council’s food center reports a 600% year-to-year increase in Western students requiring their assistance;

c) The Liberal Government’s 23% carbon tax increase will make food more expensive for students at Western and across Canada;

And in order to help students feed themselves, the committee call on the Liberal Prime Minister to immediately cancel his 23% carbon tax increase and report this recommendation to the House.

Debate arose thereon.

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

YEAS: Ben Lobb, Michelle Rempel Garner, Gerald Soroka, Corey Tochor — 4;

NAYS: Maxime Blanchette-Joncas, Valerie Bradford, Richard Cannings, Lena Metlege Diab, Iqwinder Gaheer, Arielle Kayabaga, Ryan Turnbull — 7.

At 1:33 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Philip den Ouden
Clerk of the committee