Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade
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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on 
Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Issue No. 22 - Minutes of Proceedings - April 13, 2017


OTTAWA, Thursday, April 13, 2017
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met this day at 10:39 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable A. Raynell Andreychuk, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Bovey, Cools, Cordy, Dawson, Downe, Gold, Housakos, Manning, Marwah, Oh and Woo (12).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Pratte (1).

In attendance: Natalie Mychajlyszyn and Simon Richards, Analyst, 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 Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 20.)

WITNESSES:

As individuals:

Pierre Marc Johnson, Chief Negotiator of the Government of Québec for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Counsel, Lavery de Billy;

Armand de Mestral, Professor Emeritus, Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration, McGill University (by video conference);

Jeremy de Beer, Full Professor, University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law;

Gus Van Harten, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

Canadian Labour Congress:

Angella MacEwen, Senior Economist, Social and Economic Policy Department.

International Transport Workers' Federation:

Peter Lahay, National Coordinator;

Terry Engler, President, Local 400 - Marine Section, International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Unifor:

Jerry Dias, National President;

Angelo DiCaro, National Representative.

Seafarers' International Union of Canada:

James Given, President.

The chair made a statement.

Mr. Johnson made a statement.

Mr. de Mestral made a statement.

Mr. de Beer made a statement.

Mr. Van Harten made a statement and, together with Mr. Johnson, Mr. de Mestral and Mr. de Beer, answered questions.

At 11:42 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:46 a.m., the committee resumed.

The chair made a statement.

Ms. MacEwen made a statement.

Mr. Lahay made a statement.

Mr. Dias made a statement.

Mr. Given made a statement and, together with Ms. MacEwen, Mr. Lahay and Mr. Dias, answered questions.

At 12:36 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Marie-Eve Belzile

Clerk of the Committee