Pursuant to the order of the Senate of April 11, 2020, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met this day by videoconference at 2:32 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 Boehm, Dagenais, Deacon (Ontario), Duncan, Forest, Gagné, Galvez, Klyne, Loffreda, Marshall, Martin, Mockler, Richards and Smith (14).
Other senators present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Harder, P.C., McCallum and Pate (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; Stav Nitka and Chloé Beaulieu, Communications Directorate; Yvon Long, office of Senator Mockler; Dominic Labrie, office of Senator Forest and Diane Lacombe, office of Senator Richards.
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 Alliance of Student Associations:
Bryn de Chastelain, Board Chair.
As an individual:
Dr. Evelyn Forget, Professor, University of Manitoba.
Conseil national des chômeurs et chômeuses:
Pierre Céré, Spokesperson.
National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association:
Shannin Metatawabin, Chief Executive Officer.
First Nations Tax Commission:
C.T. (Manny) Jules, Chief Commissioner.
First Nations Financial Management Board:
Harold Calla, Executive Chair.
The chair made a statement.
Mr. de Chastelain, Dr. Forget and Mr. Céré each made a statement and answered questions.
Mr. Metatawabin, Mr. Jules and Mr. Calla each made a statement and answered questions.
At 4:34 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 5:28 p.m., the committee resumed in camera, pursuant to rule 12-26 (1)(d), to consider a draft agenda (future business).
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 or staff; 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.
It was agreed that two staff members from the Senate’s Communications Directorate be permitted to access the Zoom meeting during the in camera portion of the meeting.
It was agreed that one staff member for each member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be permitted to access the Zoom meeting during the in camera portion of the meeting.
At 6:43 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.