Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Banking, Trade and Commerce

Issue 33 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 1, 2013

OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 1, 2013


The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce met this day at 4:19 p.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Irving Gerstein, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Black, Gerstein, Greene, Harb, Hervieux-Payette, P.C., Maltais, Massicotte, Moore, Nancy Ruth, Patterson and Ringuette (11).

In attendance: Adriane Yong and Brett Stuckey, Analysts, 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, April 17, 2013, the committee continued its examination of Bill S-17, An Act to implement conventions, protocols, agreements and a supplementary convention, concluded between Canada and Namibia, Serbia, Poland, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Switzerland, for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes. (For the complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 32.)


LexSage Professional Corporation:

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, Counsel.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP:

Nick Pantaleo, Partner.

University of Calgary School of Public Policy:

Jack Mintz, Director and Palmer Chair in Public Policy (by video conference).

The chair made an opening statement.

Mr. Mintz, Ms. Todgham Cherniak and Mr. Pantaleo each made a statement and, together, answered questions.

At 5:35 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:37 p.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee resumed in camera to consider a draft agenda.

It was agreed that senators' staff be allowed to stay in the room and that blackberries and cellular phones not be used.

At 5:40 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Keli Hogan

Clerk of the Committee