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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
National Finance

Issue 12 - Minutes of Proceedings


OTTAWA, Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met this day, at 9:00 a.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Joseph A. Day, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Callbeck, Day, Dickson, Finley, Gerstein, Marshall, Murray, P.C., Neufeld, Peterson, Poulin, Ringuette and Runciman (12).

Other senators present: The Honourable Senators Banks and Hervieux-Payette, P.C. (2).

In attendance: Lydia Scratch and Sylvain Fleury, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament; Francine Pressault, Communications Officer, Communications Directorate.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, June 10, 2010, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-9, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 4, 2010 and other measures. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 9.)

WITNESSES:

Hitachi Canada Ltd:

Howard Shearer, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Canadian Medical Association:

Dr. Briane Scharfstein, Associate Secretary-General.

London Health Sciences Centre:

Dr. Al Driedger, Department of Nuclear Medicine.

Association des médecins spécialistes en médecine nucléaire du Québec:

Dr. François Lamoureux, President.

As individuals:

Harrie Vredenburg, Suncor Energy Chair in Competitive Strategy & Sustainable Development, University of Calgary;

Dr. Boyd Upper, Former President, Associated Medical Services.

The chair made an opening statement.

Mr. Shearer and Mr. Vredenburg each made a presentation and, together, answered questions.

At 10:18 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:21 a.m., the committee resumed.

Drs. Scharfstein, Driedger, Lamoureux and Upper each made a presentation and, together, answered questions.

At 11:40 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Tuesday, June 22, 2010
(32)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met this day, at 3:01 p.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Joseph A. Day, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Callbeck, Day, Dickson, Finley, Gerstein, Marshall, Murray, P.C., Neufeld, Peterson, Poulin, Ringuette and Runciman (12).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Hervieux-Payette, P.C. (1).

In attendance: Lydia Scratch and Sylvain Fleury, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament; Francine Pressault, Communications Officer, Communications Directorate.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, May 27, 2010, the committee continued its examination of the expenditures set out in Supplementary Estimates (A) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 7.)

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved:

That the draft report be adopted.

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

At 3:05 p.m., pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, June 10, 2010, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-9, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 4, 2010 and other measures. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 9.)

WITNESSES:

École Polytechnique de Montréal:

Guy Marleau, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Physics.

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.:

Patrick Lamarre, Executive Vice-President.

Laker Energy Products Limited:

Christopher Hughes, President.

McMaster University:

David Novog, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Physics.

Mount Royal University:

Duane Bratt, Associate Professor.

Canadian Venture Capital Association:

John Ruffolo, Chair, Tax Policy Committee.

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP:

Stephen A. Hurwitz, Partner.

The chair made an opening statement.

Messrs. Bratt, Novog, Marleau, Hughes and Lamarre each made a presentation and, together, answered questions.

At 4:15 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 4:17 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Ruffolo and Mr. Hurwitz each made a presentation and, together, answered questions.

At 4:52 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Wednesday, June 23, 2010
(33)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met this day, at 9:02 a.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Joseph A. Day, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Callbeck, Dawson, Day, Dickson, Finley, Gerstein, Marshall, Murray, P.C., Neufeld, Peterson, Ringuette, Runciman and Tardif (13).

Other senators present: The Honourable Senators Banks, Hervieux-Payette, P.C., Hubley, Munson and Tkachuk (5).

In attendance: Lydia Scratch and Sylvain Fleury, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament; Francine Pressault, Communications Officer, Communications Directorate.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, June 10, 2010, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-9, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 4, 2010 and other measures. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 9.)

WITNESSES:

Canadian Nuclear Workers' Council:

David Shier, President.

Society of Professional Engineers and Associates:

Michael Ivanco, Vice-President.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers:

Peter Routliff, International Representative.

The Society of Energy Professionals:

Rodney Sheppard, President.

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers:

Jacques Dubois, President of the District Council of Eastern Canada.

Organization of CANDU Industries:

Neil Alexander, President.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC):

Jason K. Cameron, Director General, Strategic Planning Directorate, Regulatory Affairs Branch.

The chair made an opening statement.

Messrs. Shier, Routliff, Ivanco, Sheppard and Dubois each made a presentation and, together, answered questions.

At 10:39 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:47 a.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Alexander and Mr. Cameron each made a presentation and, together, answered questions.

At 12:03 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 12:07 p.m., the committee resumed.

It was agreed that the in camera proceedings of the meeting be transcribed.

It was agreed that staff be permitted to remain in the room for the in camera portion of the meeting.

At 12:15 p.m., pursuant to rule 92(2)(e), the committee proceeded in camera to discuss a draft agenda.

At 12:45 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Adam Thompson

Clerk of the Committee