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

Issue No. 13 - Minutes of Proceedings - February 9, 2017


OTTAWA, Thursday, February 9, 2017
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce met this day at 10:32 a.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable David Tkachuk, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Black, Day, Enverga, Greene, Massicotte, Moncion, Plett, Ringuette, Smith, Tannas, Tkachuk, Wallin and Wetston (13).

In attendance: Michaël Lambert-Racine and Brett Capstick, 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 Monday, November 28, 2016, the committee continued its examination of Bill S-224, An Act respecting payments made under construction contracts. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 12.)

APPEARING:

The Honourable Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

WITNESSES:

Public Services and Procurement Canada:

Kevin Radford, Assistant Deputy Minister, Real Property Branch;

David Schwartz, Director General, Commercial and Alternative Acquisitions Management Sector, Procurement Branch.

Aecon Group Inc.:

Yonni Fushman, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

As an individual:

Ted Betts, Partner, Head of Infrastructure and Construction, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.

The chair made a statement.

The Parliamentary Secretary made a statement and, together with Mr. Radford and Mr. Schwartz, answered questions.

At 11:26 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:29 a.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Fushman and Mr. Betts each made a statement and answered questions.

At 12:08 p.m., the committee suspended.

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

It was agreed that senators' staff be allowed to stay in the room.

At 12:20 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Lynn Gordon

Clerk of the Committee