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View Dean Allison Profile
CPC (ON)
Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, September 30, 2009, we will commence clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-304, an act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible, and affordable housing for Canadians.
(On clause 5--Conference to be held)
The Chair: I'll go back to where we were when we met on Tuesday. We were at clause 5, and we were looking at amendment LIB-16, which is on page 17.1.
You'll notice that the package you have before you today contains considerably less than what we started with on Tuesday. There's not a whole lot left to work on.
I'm going to turn the floor over to Mr. Kennedy. I believe he was talking about amendment LIB-16.
View Gerard Kennedy Profile
Lib. (ON)
I'm actually asking for your indulgence, Mr. Chair, and that of the committee. There's a slight wording change to amendment LIB-16, and I think that's being distributed now.
View Dean Allison Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay, so do you want unanimous consent to withdraw amendment LIB-16?
View Gerard Kennedy Profile
Lib. (ON)
No, I'm sorry, Mr. Chair, if you would give me just a moment, I want to make sure I have what I need.
View Dean Allison Profile
CPC (ON)
All right. Do we have unanimous consent to withdraw amendment LIB-16?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: So then we'll turn to page 17.2, amendment LIB-16.01, and I will turn the floor back over to Mr. Kennedy to speak to that motion.
View Gerard Kennedy Profile
Lib. (ON)
Again, just to remind the committee, this is setting up a process so that there is a consequence to the bill itself, first for measuring outcomes, and then for taking in complaints. This just streamlines it a bit from the motion that was pulled back, but that's essentially what we're doing in the spirit of the bill that has been brought forward.
View Dean Allison Profile
CPC (ON)
Is there any discussion on amendment LIB-16.01?
Go ahead, Mr. Jean.
View Brian Jean Profile
CPC (AB)
How do you set up a reporting process for complaints without money? Perhaps Mr. Kennedy could address that. Obviously it's talking about setting up a reporting process for addressing complaints, and I'm not sure how a government sets that up without some form of financial remuneration for the people who would receive those reports, unless they just go into possibly an e-mail that's not answered.
View Gerard Kennedy Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, this type of provision has been ruled on numerous times. In other words, it's not the granting of money; it's not the distribution of money. Processes in the ordinary course of government can be determined by governments at that time. They could fund it a little, a lot, or not at all. In other words, that process might turn out to be inadequate. This simply provides for its existence. How it's made into existence is a prerogative of the government of the day.
View Dean Allison Profile
CPC (ON)
I'll just comment on that, Mr. Jean. This is about developing the national strategy, not about implementation.
View Gerard Kennedy Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As you can see, it says “a process for”. It doesn't say to put in place the actual independent review.
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