Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Transport and Communications

Issue 1 - Minutes of Proceedings


OTTAWA, Tuesday, October 26, 1999
(1)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications met this day at 4:45 p.m., in Room 505, Victoria Building, for the purpose of organization.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Adams, Bacon, Callbeck, De Bané, P.C., Forrestall, Johnson, Kirby, LeBreton, Maheu, Poulin and Spivak (11).

Other senators present: The Honourable Senators Cohen, DeWare, Fairbairn, P.C. and Prud'homme, P.C. (4).

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate

The committee proceeded to organize pursuant to rule 88.

The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of the Chairman.

The Honourable Senator Poulin moved that the Honourable Senator Bacon be Chairman of this committee

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Bacon took the Chair.

The Honourable Senator LeBreton moved that the Honourable Senator Forrestall be Deputy Chairman of this committee.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Maheu moved that the Honourable Senators Bacon, Forrestall and Callbeck be elected members of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Kirby moved that the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be empowered to make decisions on behalf of the committee with respect to its agenda, to invite witnesses and schedule hearings.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator LeBreton moved that the committee print 225 copies of its proceedings; and

That the Chairman be authorized to adjust this number to meet demand.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Forrestall moved that, pursuant to rule 89, the Chairman be authorized to hold meetings, to receive and authorize the printing of the evidence when a quorum is not present, provided that a representative of each party is present.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Kirby moved that pursuant to rule 104, the Chairman be authorized to report expenses incurred by the committee during the last session.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Forrestall moved that the Chairman be authorized to seek authority from the Senate to engage the services of such counsel and technical, clerical and other personnel as may be necessary for the purpose of the committee's examination and consideration of such bills, subject-matters of bills and estimates as are referred to it.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Johnson moved that the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be authorized to retain the services of such experts as may be required by the work of the committee; and

That the Chairman, on behalf of the committee, direct the research staff in the preparation of studies, analyses, summaries and draft reports.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Maheu moved that pursuant to section 32 of the Financial Administration Act, authority to commit funds be conferred on the Chairman or, in the Chairman's absence, the Deputy Chairman; and

That, pursuant to section 34 of the Financial Administration Act, and Guideline 3:05 of Appendix II of the Rules of the Senate, authority for certifying accounts payable by the committee be conferred on the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, and the Clerk of the committee.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Forrestall moved that the committee empower the Chairman to designate, as required, one or more members of the committee and/or such staff as may be necessary to travel on assignment on behalf of the committee.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Kirby moved that, pursuant to the Senate guidelines for witnesses expenses, the committee may reimburse reasonable travelling and living expenses for no more than two witnesses from any one organization and payment will take place upon application.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Kirby moved that, the following budget application be approved for submission to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration:

SUMMARY OF EXPENDITURES

Professional and Special Services

$ 19,250

Transportation and Communications

$250

Other Expenditures

$ 400

Total

$ 19,900

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Honourable Senator Johnson moved that the Chairman be authorized to seek authority from the Senate to permit coverage by electronic media of the committee's public proceedings with the least possible disruption of its hearings; and

That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be empowered to allow such coverage at its discretion.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

The Chairman informs the committee members of the time slot for the regular meetings.

At 4:50 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Tuesday, October 26, 1999
(2)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications met this day at 6:05 p.m., in Room 505, Victoria Building, the Chairman, the Honourable Lise Bacon, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Adams, Bacon, Callbeck, De Bané, Forrestall, Johnson, Kirby, LeBreton, Maheu, Poulin, and Spivak (11).

Other senators present: The Honourable Senators Cohen, DeWare, Fairbairn, Kenny and Kinsella (5).

APPEARING:

From Transport Canada:

The Honourable David Collenette, P.C., M.P., Minister.

WITNESSES:

From Transport Canada:

Margaret Bloodworth, Deputy Minister;

Louis Ranger, Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on October 14, 1999, the committee proceeded to study the order laid before the Senate on September 14, 1999, authorizing certain major air carriers and persons to negotiate and enter into any conditional agreement, pursuant to subsection 47(5) of the Canada Transportation Act.

The Honourable David Collenette, P.C., M.P., Minister, made a statement and answered questions.

It was agreed, -- That the document by the Honourable David Collenette, P.C., M.P., Minister be filed with the Clerk of the Committee as Exhibit 5900-2.36/T1-S1-08-05.

At 8:20 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:

Michel Patrice

Clerk of the Committee


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