Pursuant to the order of the Senate of April 11, 2020, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met in camera this day by videoconference at 2 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, Gagné, Galvez, Harder, P.C., Klyne, Loffreda, Marshall, Martin, Mockler, Richards and Smith (14).
Other senator present by videoconference: The Honourable Senator Pate (1).
Participating in the meeting: Mireille Aubé, Procedural Clerk, Committees Directorate; Alex Smith and Shaowei Pu, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament; Stav Nitka and Tony Spears, 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.
It was agreed that the committee allow the transcription of today’s in camera 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 this in camera Zoom meeting.
It was agreed that one staff member for each member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be permitted to access this in camera Zoom meeting.
Pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee continued its consideration of a draft report.
It was agreed that the draft report, as amended, be adopted.
It was agreed that the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be empowered to approve the final version of the report, taking into consideration this meeting’s discussion, and with any necessary editorial, grammatical and translation changes required.
It was agreed that the chair, or his designate, be authorized to table the report in the Senate, or with the Clerk of the Senate if the Senate is not then sitting, at the earliest opportunity.
At 3:51 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.