Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Issue 26 - Minutes of Proceedings - April 29, 2013
OTTAWA, Monday, April 29, 2013
The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights met this day, at 4 p.m. in
room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable Mobina S. B. Jaffer,
Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Boisvenu,
Buth, Harb, Hubley, Jaffer, Ngo, Oh, Unger and White (9).
Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Oliver (1).
In attendance: Julian Walker, Analyst, Parliamentary Information
and Research Service, Library of Parliament.
Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.
Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday,
October 26, 2011, the committee continued its examination of issues relating
to the discrimination in the hiring and promotion practices of the Federal
Public Service, to study the extent to which targets to achieve employment
equity are being met, and to examine labour market outcomes for minority
groups in the private sector. (For complete text of the order of
reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 3.)
Government of Canada:
George Da Pont, Employment Equity Champion for Visible Minorities (President,
Canadian Food Inspection Agency);
Alan Latourelle, Employment Equity Champion for Aboriginal Federal
Employees (CEO, Parks Canada);
Linda Lizotte-MacPherson, Employment Equity Champion for Federal
Employees with Disabilities (President, Canada School of Public
Public Service Alliance of Canada:
Robyn Benson, National President;
Seema Lamba, Human Rights Officer.
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada:
Al Ravjiani, Ontario Regional Director;
Ryan Campbell, Policy Analyst.
The chair made opening remarks.
Ms. Lizotte-MacPherson, Mr. Latourelle and Mr. Da Pont each made a
presentation and answered questions.
At 5:02 pm., the committee suspended.
At 5:07 p.m., the committee resumed.
At 5:09 p.m., the Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable
Senator Boisvenu as a member of the committee.
Ms. Benson, Mr. Ravjiani and Mr. Campbell each made a presentation and,
together with Ms. Lamba, answered questions.
At 6:02 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.