Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Issue 11 - Minutes of Proceedings
OTTAWA, Wednesday, February 23, 2005
The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met at 6:33 p.m., this day, in room 705, Victoria Building, the
Chair, the Honourable Donald H. Oliver, presiding.
Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Biron, Cools, Day, Downe, Ferretti Barth, Harb,
Murray, P.C., Oliver, Ringuette and Stollery (10).
Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Massicotte (1).
In attendance: Guy Beaumier and Odette Madore, Research Officers, Library of Parliament.
Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.
Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, the committee began its
consideration of Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act and to make
consequential amendments to other Acts (fiscal equalization payments to the provinces and funding to the territories).
Office of the Minister of Finance:
John McKay, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.
Department of Finance Canada:
François Delorme, Director, Federal-Provincial Relations Division;
Sean Keenan, Chief, Equalization and Policy Development, Federal-Provincial Relations Division;
Clare Scullion, Senior General Counsel, Law Branch.
The Chair made a statement.
Mr. McKay made a statement and, together with the other witnesses, answered questions.
At 8:09 p.m. the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.