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View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
I would like to nominate Yasmin Ratansi.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Yes, Madam Chair. I'd like to propose some routine motions.
Has everyone received a copy of the routine motions? I see that you have.
Madam Chair, I will read the first motion, and then we will vote on each motion individually.
The first motion concerns the analysts, and it reads as follows:
That the Committee retain, as needed and at the discretion of the Chair, the services of one or more analysts from the Library of Parliament to assist it in its work.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you. I move:
That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of five (5) members, namely the chair and one member from each recognized party; and that the subcommittee work in the spirit of collaboration.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Here is the motion on a reduced quorum:
That the Chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence and to have that evidence printed when a quorum is not present, provided that at least four (4) members are present, including one member of the opposition and one member of the government, but when travelling outside the parliamentary precinct, that the meeting begin after fifteen (15) minutes, regardless of members present.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
This motion deals with the protocol for questioning witnesses. I move:
That the witnesses be given ten (10) minutes to make their opening statement; that, at the discretion of the chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated six (6) minutes for the first questioner of each party as follows: for the first round: Conservative Party, Liberal Party, Bloc Québécois and New Democratic Party. For the second and subsequent rounds, the order and time for questioning be as follows: Conservative Party, five (5) minutes, Liberal Party, five (5) minutes, Conservative Party, five (5) minutes, Liberal Party, five (5)minutes, Bloc Québécois, two and a half (2.5) minutes, New Democratic Party, two and a half (2.5) minutes.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Now we have the motion on documents distribution:
That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to distribute documents to members of the Committee only when the documents are available in both official languages and that witnesses be advised accordingly.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
The motion on working meals reads as follows:
That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide working meals for the Committee and its Subcommittees.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Related to witnesses' expenses, I move:
That, if requested, reasonable travel, accommodation and living expenses be reimbursed to witnesses not exceeding two (2) representatives per organization; that, in exceptional circumstances, payment for more representatives be made at the discretion of the chair.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Now here is the motion on staff at in camera meetings:
That, unless otherwise ordered, each Committee member be allowed to have one staff member at an in camera meeting and that one additional person from each House officer's office be allowed to be present.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Related to in camera meeting transcripts, I move:
That one copy of the transcript of each in camera meeting be kept in the committee clerk's office for consultation by members of the committee or by their staff.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Here is the motion on notices of motions:
That a forty-eight (48) hours notice, interpreted as two (2) nights, shall be required for any substantive motion to be considered by the Committee, unless the substantive motion relates directly to business then under consideration, provided that (1) the notice be filed with the Clerk of the Committee no later than 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday; that (2) the motion be distributed to Members in both official languages by the Clerk on the same day the said notice was transmitted if it was received no later than the deadline hour; and that (3) notices received after the deadline hour or on non-business days be deemed to have been received during the next business day and that when the committee is travelling on official business, no substantive motions may be moved.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
The last motion relates to independent members. I move:
That, in relation to Orders of Reference from the House respecting Bills, (a) the clerk of the committee shall, upon the committee receiving such an Order of Reference, write to each Member who is not a member of a caucus represented on the committee to invite those Members to file with the clerk of the committee, in both official languages, any amendments to the Bill which is the subject of the said Order which they would suggest that the committee consider; (b) suggested amendments filed, pursuant to paragraph (a), at least 48 hours prior to the start of clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill to which the amendments relate shall be deemed to be proposed during the said consideration, provided that the committee may, by motion, vary this deadline in respect of a given Bill; and (c) during the clause-by-clause consideration of a Bill, the chair shall allow a Member who filed suggested amendments, pursuant to paragraph (a), an opportunity to make brief representations in support of them.
(Motion agreed to)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
That's all I have, Madam Chair.
View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Madam Chair, I'd like to propose a motion. I move:
For the second meeting of the committee, that the committee invite senior officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada to provide a briefing on the responsibilities and activities of the Department and answer questions for the duration of the meeting. Environment and Climate Change officials be given up to thirty (30) minutes for the briefing and that the clerk ask the witnesses to provide written material in both official languages in advance of the meeting if possible. For the third meeting of the committee, that the committee invite senior officials from Parks Canada to provide a briefing on the responsibilities and activities of the agency and answer questions for one hour. Parks Canada officials be given up to fifteen (15) minutes for opening remarks and that the clerk ask the witnesses to provide written material in both official languages in advance of the meeting if possible. And that the committee invite senior officials from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to provide a briefing on the responsibilities and activities of the Agency and answer questions for one hour. Impact Assessment Agency of Canada officials be given up to fifteen (15) minutes for opening remarks and that the clerk ask the witnesses to provide written material in both official languages in advance of the meeting if possible.
View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Yes, I think that will be fine. This was based on conversations we had where we asked them what time they felt they needed to properly convey the information. However, if you'd like to make a change, I would definitely be amenable to that. I think the idea remains the same, which is that we all want to be on the same page with regard to the information they have to provide.
View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I just wanted to add that I've had briefings as parliamentary secretary with these officials. I found them to be incredibly helpful in terms of better understanding where we are as a starting point and in formulating my thoughts. The reason for putting this motion forward is just to ensure that every member of this committee is starting at the same place and has access to that very valuable information.
I agree that we should move on to other motions following that. This was really just to make sure we're all at the same starting point and following the same process that the previous committee used in 2016, when they started their meetings off with briefings from the officials. I've spoken to many of them and they said it was incredibly helpful.
View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
It would be at the assistant deputy minister and vice-president level.
View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Madam Chair, I'd like to add an amendment to that, if possible. I would add “to consider matters where privacy or the protection of personal information is required”, if that's amenable to my honourable colleague.
View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2020-02-18 9:18
I just wanted to add that, for me, what is written here is limiting. We may potentially need to meet in camera, but be unable to do so because what is written here is too restrictive. That is sort of how I feel right now. So I am perfectly fine with taking some time to think about this.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 16:19
Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for your presentations.
I'll start by talking about family business succession in both farm businesses and SMEs. This issue has been addressed by MNP. Quebec has already changed its tax rules to facilitate family transfers, and I can say that this approach is working. There's little risk that the rules will be circumvented, because the system is well regulated. We're waiting impatiently for the federal government to put this system in place as well.
I have a few questions for Ms. Tassé-Goodman, the president of the Réseau FADOQ.
Ms. Tassé-Goodman, you started your requests by talking about the most disadvantaged seniors, those living on low incomes. You're asking for an increase in the guaranteed income supplement of at least $50 per month.
Can you tell us about the day-to-day choices faced by these seniors and about how this type of increase would make a real difference in their lives?
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 16:22
You talked about the fact that the government provided only one hearing aid.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 16:22
Of course. Thank you.
You're asking that, in the event of a person's death, old age security benefits continue to be paid for three months to the surviving spouse. If you don't mind, I want you to explain the reason for this request.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 16:23
These three months of benefits, in a tragic situation such as this, would give the surviving spouse some financial leeway.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 16:24
Okay. Thank you.
Informal caregivers receive a tax credit. I gather that, if their annual income is too low, they can't claim it because, in that case, they may not need to pay taxes. That's why you're asking that this tax credit be refunded to informal caregivers. We know that informal caregivers help ease the strain on our health care system, among other things.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 16:26
Thank you.
View Annie Koutrakis Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Annie Koutrakis Profile
2020-02-06 18:05
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My question is for you, Ms. Ballantyne. Thank you very much for your report. I listened to it carefully. As a single mother raising my two sons many years ago, it was tough, and in Quebec we've had an affordable child care plan since 1997. I have met many, many mothers in my constituency of Vimy in Laval who are very grateful to have the affordable system that is currently available in Quebec. This system, in addition to the Canada child benefit, has allowed them to return to work, contribute to society and provide for their children. As we know, especially for single-parent households, it's very expensive.
Can you tell us what resources child care providers need in order to provide more affordable child care options to Canadians? Can you also elaborate on the obstacles that are not permitting us right now, as a nation, to put such an affordable child care plan in place? I can't imagine that people don't feel that this is the right thing to do for our families and our economy at large. What are some of the things that you've heard or that you can share with us that are stopping us from going forward on this very needed plan?
View Annie Koutrakis Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Annie Koutrakis Profile
2020-02-06 18:10
I want to say thank you for that, and I am sure that all my colleagues at this finance committee heard the last point. I can't imagine that we're not all going to work together to make sure we get this done.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 18:10
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for being here.
My questions are for Mr. Lampron and Mr. Weins, from the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
In your presentation, you pointed out that the dairy sector had been sacrificed so the three recent trade deals could be signed, the Canada–EU deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the new NAFTA. As you mentioned, the concessions made in the agreements, under the World Trade Organization framework, amount to a combined loss of around 18%. Supply-managed producers are paying the price, especially dairy farmers.
You asked the government to provide financial compensation to dairy farmers in the form of a transfer, not an investment program. You proposed that the measure be included in budgets over the next few years.
You also asked the government to take certain administrative measures. Would you suggest any other measures to help mitigate the impact you've suffered as a result of the trade agreements?
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 18:12
You're saying that the CFIA and CBSA need more resources to control what's entering the country. We could be duped, so border officers need to be able to analyze milk powder and other dairy products.
What other products might enter the country? Could you give us some examples?
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-02-06 18:13
You're saying that our neighbours to the south might get creative in order to sneak products into Canada that are not supposed to be competing with supply-managed products.
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