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

Issue No. 45 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 3, 2018

OTTAWA, Thursday, May 3, 2018


The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met in camera this day at 10:41 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, Ataullahjan, Bovey, Cools, Cordy, Dawson, Greene, Housakos, Massicotte, Ngo, Oh and Saint-Germain (12).

In attendance: Natalie Mychajlyszyn and Nadia Faucher, 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, February 15, 2018, the committee continued its consideration of the subject matter of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, insofar as it relates to Canada's international obligations. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 41.)

The Honourable Senator Massicotte moved:

That senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room for the in camera portion of the meeting.

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

It was agreed:

That the committee allow the transcription of the in camera portion of today's meeting, that one copy be kept with the clerk of the committee for consultation by committee members present or by the committee analysts; and

That the transcript be destroyed by the clerk when authorized to do so by the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, but no later than at the end of this parliamentary session.

At 10:48 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:10 a.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee resumed in camera to consider a draft report.

It was agreed:

That the draft report be adopted;

That the Subcommitee on Agenda and Procedure be empowered to approve the final version of the report, taking into consideration this meeting's discussions, including, if needed, the conclusion and recommendations, with any necessary editorial, grammatical and translation changes required; and

That the steering committee be empowered to make decisions on behalf of the committee to publicize the report with the support of the Senate Communications Directorate, and table the report.

At 11:59 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Marie-Eve Belzile
Clerk of the committee