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

Issue No. 3 - Minutes of Proceedings - March 9, 2016


OTTAWA, Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce met this day at 4:35 p.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable David Tkachuk, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Bellemare, Black, Campbell, Enverga, Greene, Maltais, Ringuette, Smith (Saurel), Tannas and Tkachuk (10).

Other senators present: The Honourable Senators Day and Wallin (2).

In attendance: Brett Stuckey and Dylan Gowans, 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 Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the committee continued its study on the issues pertaining to internal barriers to trade (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 2.)

WITNESSES:

Statistics Canada:

James Tebrake, Director General, Macroeconomic Accounts Branch;

Ziad Ghanem, Director, Industry Accounts Division.

Public Services and Procurement Canada:

Brenda Constantine, Acting Director General, Policy, Risk, Integrity and Strategic Management Sector;

Desmond Gray, Director General, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement.

Mr. Tebrake and Mr. Gray each made a statement and, together with Ms. Constantine, answered questions.

At 5:27 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:29 p.m., the committee resumed in camera, pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), to consider a draft report.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the committee continued its study on the present state of the domestic and international financial system (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.) (topic: The causes and effects of the recent decline in the Canadian dollar exchange rate)

It was agreed that the committee allow the transcription of the in camera portion of the meeting, that one copy be kept in the office of the clerk of the committee for consultation by committee members present and/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 5:39 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Lynn Gordon

Clerk of the Committee