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View David Anderson Profile
CPC (SK)
I understand that Ms. Hardcastle's making a motion, but we haven't heard this before so I think we will defer on it for now.
I wanted to have the floor just to thank people. Since 2010, I've been focused on some of the freedom issues around speech and belief and religious freedom. Starting in 2012-13, I was on the foreign affairs committee for a couple of years, and then since 2015 I've been able to be here to work on the projects we've worked on. I'm not coming back, so this is my last chance, I guess, to do that.
I want to thank the staff who have served us so well. There are our clerks and our analysts. We've gotten to be friends over the years and have done some travelling together. There are also the folks who work in the translation booth and the people who have had to put up with our coming in here at the end of one meeting and have then been expected to set up instantaneously for us. They've done so well on that. I want to just thank those people who have set up for their service.
I also want to thank my colleagues. We've had a good run here, and it's good that we can have the kind of discussion that Ms. Hardcastle is speaking about. I want to recognize that.
I also want to say that I was disappointed that this was not on TV. I know yesterday we made the decision given that there were challenges to it, but as I approached the whip's staff—not only ours but also those of some of the other parties—and tech staff, I was getting contradictory messages from a number of them. I think on issues like this one that are this important, and even for two hours on a subject, we should be trying to televise those. I'm not going to get into any more detail than that, so I will just leave it at that.
I want to thank you for your time and for the work that we have put together. I think we have made a difference. Even today, I think this is probably some of the most important work that's been done on the Hill today. We need to recognize that for what it is.
Thank you.
A voice: Hear, hear!
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
I think it's been a very good opportunity for us to hear about the transportation fund from the witnesses who are here. But I think if we were going to do anything more formal or want to provide a letter to whomever, I would want to see us do a little bit more in depth on this fund.
View Rosemarie Falk Profile
CPC (SK)
It would be a great opportunity to have the Auditor General come to talk—
View Rosemarie Falk Profile
CPC (SK)
Thanks, Chair.
It's just a great opportunity, especially coming out of the AG's report last week. We know that call centres are definitely part of what this committee studies. It's important for us to have a conversation on that to know what's going to be done, what the agenda is or what the objectives are to fix that backlog and delay. There are millions of Canadians who are unable to access somebody on the other end of the phone.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
This first amendment, 10466469, relates to the Shipping Federation's proposal to amend the purpose and principles clause. Witnesses from both the Shipping Federation and the Marine Pilots' Association praised the addition of this section to the Pilotage Act. I believe that this proposal merely enhances the clause's objectives.
Again, I know that we are not the committee that determines any amendments to the bill. I would just want to be able to provide our colleagues on FINA with the opportunity to look at this amendment more closely, with a view to adopting it, if that is their will.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
I will.
The next three amendments that I have proposed speak to a particular recommendation that was made, again by the Shipping Federation of Canada, and it's in their brief. There are three amendments, but that was the way the clerk advised us to handle the amendments to this part of the bill.
I know you probably want to vote on each one separately, but I'll speak to all of them at the same time because I would provide the same rationale.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
All of the proposed amendments were derived from suggestions contained in the Shipping Federation of Canada's brief. The three amendments that we're looking at right now—amendments 10467101, 10467125 and 10471823—are all related to the organization's objection to the transfer of the full cost of administering the legislation to the private sector.
In their brief, they stated, “In our opinion, this proposed amendment raises a series of public policy questions regarding the role of government and the implementation of cost recovery.”
I think the least we could do is recommend, again to our colleagues on the finance committee, that they consider these amendments that were put forward by the Shipping Federation of Canada.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Madam Chair, obviously, we won't be supporting the motion, because as it is written, it does not reflect what has actually happened at committee here. We will be forwarding a letter to FINA as Conservative members on this committee.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Madam Chair, I would concur with my colleague. We are all in agreement that a letter to Transport Canada or to the minister, whomever it needs to go to, would probably be all that is needed to wrap up the one-hour study that was undertaken last week.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I'll be quick because I know we want to get back to questioning the minister.
As was discussed at our last meeting, we know that the Prime Minister provided a guideline for parliamentary secretaries that outlines their role and duties, one of which is to appear at committees if the ministers can't make themselves available. I know the original motion inviting the minister was passed unanimously, so it is our hope that asking the parliamentary secretary to appear in place of the minister will be supported by the members of the governing party.
That said, I do support this motion.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Madam Chair, given that we've just heard more testimony today, I think we would appreciate the opportunity to come back with our recommendations, or expand our recommendations, at one of our meetings next week. As you've pointed out, we have until the 17th to get a letter back to the finance committee. Give us a chance to go back and look at the recommendations. Amendments were suggested today. We can provide anything we would like to see in a letter to the committee by next Tuesday.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
I recognize that we have two meetings instead of the four that were originally asked for, so I'm not sure how Mr. Rogers would feel about carving off 15 minutes from that study. Will 15 minutes do it? I'm not opposed to lengthening a meeting, if we have the opportunity to talk about it, and ensure that it fits with everybody's schedule.
If committee members indicate today that they are happy to sit for an extra half an hour and to have a week to discuss what's going to be in the letter, we'd be happy with that. It's up to Mr. Rogers or the rest of the committee whether they just want to carve off time from the study we already have.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
I'm obviously going to speak in favour of the motion.
I guess my next question would maybe for the clerk or for you as the chair.
Given that my colleague cited something that is on the Prime Minister's website, do you or the clerk ever entertain the notion that when a minister is not available that should then be extended to the parliamentary secretary? That's their role.
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Chair.
I want to read a couple of motions to get on the record for us to deal with next Thursday, and perhaps talk quickly about them now.
The first two are for Thursday. The first one is:
That the Committee call industry associations and producers to testify to discuss the impact of the Chinese withdrawal of the canola market.
My second motion would be:
That the Committee invite Chinese officials, including the Ambassador, to discuss Canada-China's relationship and canola.
The third item, which we should talk about quickly here amongst ourselves if we have time, is the following:
That the Committee send a letter asking the Speaker for an emergency debate on canola.
Perhaps we can consider doing that as a committee. It's something that is very important to farmers. We can see that time is of the essence. If that came from the committee, I think it would help the Speaker make a decision on moving that forward.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much.
Notwithstanding the very important subject that's before us and the fact that we do have witnesses here, given Mr. Rogers is taking the opportunity to table a motion that he put on notice, I would like to take a minute or two to do the same.
This is in regard to the motion that you would have received on March 27. It reads as follows:
Given the recent tragedies involving the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and the ongoing investigations, that the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities undertake a study of four meetings in regards to Transport Canada’s aircraft certification process including, but not limited to, the nature of Transport Canada’s relationship to the Federal Aviation Administration and other certifying bodies as well as the role of airplane manufacturers in the certification process.
I submit that it's a pretty timely study, given the recent tragedies, and I put that forward for the committee to consider.
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