Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Agriculture and Forestry

Issue 5 - Order of Reference


Extract from the Journals of the Senate, Tuesday, May 26, 2009:

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Fairbairn, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Robichaud, P.C.:

That the Ninth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry tabled in the Senate on Monday, June 16, 2008 during the Second Session of the Thirty-ninth Parliament, entitled: Beyond Freefall: Halting Rural Poverty, be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Comeau moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Stratton, that the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the first ``That'' and replacing them by the following:

``the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine and report on rural poverty in Canada. In particular, the Committee shall be authorized to:

(a) examine the dimension and depth of rural poverty in Canada;

(b) conduct an assessment of Canada's comparative standing in this area, relative to other OECD countries;

(c) examine the key drivers of reduced opportunity for rural Canadians;

(d) provide recommendations for measures mitigating rural poverty and reduced opportunity for rural Canadians; and

That the papers and evidence received and taken on the subject and the work accomplished during the Thirty- ninth Parliament be referred to the Committee.''.

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

The question was then put on the motion, as amended, of the Honourable Senator Fairbairn, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Robichaud, P.C.:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine and report on rural poverty in Canada. In particular, the Committee shall be authorized to:

(a) examine the dimension and depth of rural poverty in Canada;

(b) conduct an assessment of Canada's comparative standing in this area, relative to other OECD countries;

(c) examine the key drivers of reduced opportunity for rural Canadians;

(d) provide recommendations for measures mitigating rural poverty and reduced opportunity for rural Canadians; and

That the papers and evidence received and taken on the subject and the work accomplished during the Thirty- ninth Parliament be referred to the Committee.

The motion, as amended, was adopted.

Paul C. Bélisle

Clerk of the Senate


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