Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
National Finance

Issue 32 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 27, 2015


OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 27, 2015
(94)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met this day at 1:48 p.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable Joseph A. Day, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Bellemare, Chaput, Day, Gerstein, Hervieux-Payette, P.C., Mockler, Rivard, Smith (Saurel) and Wallace (9).

In attendance: Sylvain Fleury and Raphaëlle Deraspe, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, May 14, 2015, the committee continued its examination of the subject matter of Bill C-59, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 21, 2015 and other measures.

WITNESSES:

Employment and Social Development Canada:

Siobhan Harty, Director General, Social Policy;

Annette Ryan, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy;

Andrew Brown, Director, Self-Employed, Special Benefits and Horizontal Policy;

Stuart Pearce, Senior Policy Strategist, Self-Employed, Special Benefits and Horizontal Policy;

Charles Philippe Rochon, Assistant Director, Labour Law Analysis;

Margaret Hill, Senior Director, Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform;

David Charter, Senior Advisor, Strategic Policy.

Finance Canada:

Miodrag Jovanovic, Director, Personal Income Tax Division, Tax Policy Branch;

Geoff Trueman, General Director (Analysis), Tax Policy Branch;

Daniel MacDonald, Chief, CHT/CST and Northern Policy, Federal-Provincial Relations Division;

Brad Recker, Senior Chief, Fiscal Policy Division, Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch.

Industry Canada:

Denis Martel, Director, Patent Policy Directorate;

Scott Vasudev, Chief, Patent Administrative Policy Classification and International Affairs Division.

Canadian Heritage:

Nathalie Théberge, Director General, Copyright & International Trade Policy Branch;

Thomas Owen Ripley, Manager, Legislative & Parliamentary Issues, Copyright and International Trade Policy Branch.

Ms. Harty made a statement and, together with Mr. Jovanovich, Mr. Trueman and Mr. MacDonald, answered questions.

At 1:57 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 1:58 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Recker made a statement and answered questions.

At 2:12 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 2:13 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Martel and Mr. Vasudev each made a statement and answered questions.

At 2:47 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 2:48 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Brown and Mr. Rochon each made a statement and, together with Mr. Pearce and Ms. Ryan, answered questions.

At 3:16 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 3:17 p.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Théberge and Mr. Ripley each made a statement and answered questions.

At 3:31 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 3:32 p.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Hill and Mr. Charter each made a statement and, together with Mr. Rochon, answered questions.

At 3:49 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Jodi Turner

Clerk of the Committee