Pursuant to the order of the Senate of April 11, 2020, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met this day by videoconference at 2:30 p.m. (ET), the chair, the Honourable Percy Mockler, presiding. This meeting is considered to have taken place in the parliamentary precinct.
Members of the committee present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Dagenais, Deacon (Ontario), Duncan, Forest, Gagné, Galvez, Klyne, Loffreda, Marshall, Martin, Mockler, Pate, Richards and Smith (14).
Other senators present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Harder, P.C., Miville-Dechêne and Patterson (3).
Participating in the meeting: Gaëtane Lemay and Mireille Aubé, Procedural Clerks, Committees Directorate; Alex Smith and Shaowei Pu, 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 Saturday, April 11, 2020, the committee resumed its study on a) certain elements of Bill C-13, An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19; b) the provisions and operations of Bill C-14, A second Act respecting measures in response to COVID-19; and, c) the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences.
WITNESSES (by videoconference):
Canadian Federation of Independent Business:
Daniel Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Quebec Employers Council:
Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and Chief Executive Officer;
Norma Kozhaya, Research Vice-President and Chief Economist.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce:
The Honourable Perrin Beatty, P.C., President and Chief Executive Officer;
Dr. Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist and Vice-President, Policy and Advocacy.
National Airlines Council of Canada:
Mike McNaney, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Canadian Trucking Alliance:
Stephen Laskowski, President.
Northern Air Transport Association:
Joseph Sparling, Member of the Board of Directors.
Canadian Federation of Agriculture:
Keith Currie, First Vice-President;
Scott Ross, Assistant Executive Director.
Fisheries Council of Canada:
Paul Lansbergen, President.
Union des producteurs agricoles:
Marcel Groleau, President General;
David Tougas, Economy and Trade Coordinator, Agricultural Research and Policy Branch.
Canadian Credit Union Association:
Martha Durdin, President and Chief Executive Officer;
Michael Hatch, Vice-President, Government Relations.
Canadian Bankers Association:
Neil Parmenter, President and Chief Executive Officer;
Darren Hannah, Vice-President, Finance, Risk, and Prudential Policy.
The chair made a statement.
Mr. Kelly, Mr. Dorval and Mr. Beatty each made a statement and answered questions.
Mr. McNaney, Mr. Laskowski and Mr. Sparling each made a statement and answered questions.
At 4:31 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 5:30 p.m., the committee resumed.
Mr. Currie, Mr. Lansbergen and Mr. Groleau each made a statement and answered questions.
Ms. Durdin and Mr. Parmenter each made a statement and, together with Mr. Hannah, answered questions.
At 7:26 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.