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Studies & Bills

Information prior to the 40th Parliament is from notices of meetings. For the official record, please refer to the related minutes and transcripts.

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Bill C-82, An Act to implement a multilateral convention to implement tax treaty related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting
(2019-05-16) Show Briefs
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Laura Gheorghiu, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP (As an Individual)
  • Toby Sanger, Executive Director (Canadians for Tax Fairness)
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 4:15 PM
  • Arthur Cockfield, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University (As an Individual)
  • Greg Johnson, Partner, Tax (Bennett Jones LLP)
  • Jared Mackey, Associate, Tax (Bennett Jones LLP)
  • Alexandra MacLean, Director General, International and Large Business Directorate, International, Large Business and Investigations Branch (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Trevor McGowan, Director General, Tax Legislation Division, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Darcy Moch, Partner, Tax (Bennett Jones LLP)
  • Stephanie Smith, Senior Director, Tax Treaties, Tax Legislation Division, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
Bill C-85, An Act to amend the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and to make related amendments to other Acts
(2019-04-04)
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10:32 AM
  • Sara AvMatt (Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers))
  • Michael Lynk, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University (As an Individual)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 4:15 PM
  • The Honourable Jim Carr, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade Diversification (Global Affairs Canada)
  • John Hannaford, Deputy Minister, International Trade (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kendal Hembroff, Director General, Trade Policy and Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 4:16 PM
  • Stacy-Paul Healy, Deputy Director, Market Access and Trade Remedies Law (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Troy Lulashnyk, Director General, Maghreb, Egypt, Israel, West Bank and Gaza (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Mary-Catherine Speirs, Director, Trade Policy and Negotiations (Europe, Middle East and Africa) (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill S-6, An Act to implement the Convention between Canada and the Republic of Madagascar for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income
(2018-11-20)
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:34 AM
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Ted Cook, Director General, Tax Legislation (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Stephanie Smith, Senior Director, Tax Treaties, Tax Legislation Division, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 13 of Part 4 of Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures
(2018-11-07)
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Martin Butcher, Policy Advisor, Arms and Conflict (Oxfam)
  • Kenneth Purchase, Director, International Trade Compliance (Pratt & Whitney Canada)
  • John Saabas, President (Pratt & Whitney Canada)
  • Erika Simpson, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of Western Ontario (As an Individual)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Milos Barutciski, Partner (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)
  • Katharine Funtek, Executive Director, Trade Controls Policy Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Michèle Govier, Senior Director, Trade Rules, International Trade Policy Division, International Trade and Finance (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Christian Leuprecht, Professor, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Justin Mohammed, Campaigner, Human Rights Law and Policy (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Isabelle Ranger, Counsel, Market Access and Trade Remedies Law (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments)
(2018-10-31) Show Briefs
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:33 AM
  • Alain Dondainaz, Head of Mission to Canada (International Committee of the Red Cross)
  • Kenneth Epps, Policy Advisor, Arms Trade Treaty (Project Ploughshares)
  • Catherine Gribbin, Senior Legal Advisor, International Humanitarian Law (Canadian Red Cross)
  • Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director (Project Ploughshares)
  • Peggy Mason, President (Rideau Institute)
  • Thomas Woodley, President (Canadians for Justice & Peace in the Middle East)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Tony Bernardo, Executive Director (Canadian Shooting Sports Association)
  • Michael Byers, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia (As an Individual)
  • Christyn Cianfarani, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries)
  • James Fergusson, Deputy Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba (As an Individual)
  • Gary Stanley, President (Global Legal Services, P.C.)
  • Steve Torino, President (Canadian Shooting Sports Association)
  • Kevin Wolf, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (As an Individual)
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM
  • The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Rouben Khatchadourian, Director General, Trade and Export Controls Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Cindy Termorshuizen, Director General, International Security Policy Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kevin Thompson, Executive Director, Market Access and Trade Remedies Law (Global Affairs Canada)
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Martin Butcher, Policy Advisor, Arms and Conflict (Oxfam)
  • Kenneth Purchase, Director, International Trade Compliance (Pratt & Whitney Canada)
  • John Saabas, President (Pratt & Whitney Canada)
  • Erika Simpson, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of Western Ontario (As an Individual)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Milos Barutciski, Partner (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)
  • Katharine Funtek, Executive Director, Trade Controls Policy Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Michèle Govier, Senior Director, Trade Rules, International Trade Policy Division, International Trade and Finance (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Christian Leuprecht, Professor, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Justin Mohammed, Campaigner, Human Rights Law and Policy (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Isabelle Ranger, Counsel, Market Access and Trade Remedies Law (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill C-79, An Act to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership between Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam
(2018-10-17) Show Briefs
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 3:17 PM
  • Mark Agnew, Director, International Policy and Executive Director, Canadian Services Coalition (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
  • Don W. Campbell, Distinguished Fellow (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:30 PM
  • Claire Citeau, Executive Director (Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance)
  • Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst (Canadian Cancer Society)
  • Angelo DiCaro, Acting Research Director (Unifor)
  • Trevor Kennedy, Policy Associate (Business Council of Canada)
  • Brian Kingston, Vice President, International and Fiscal Issues (Business Council of Canada)
  • Mark A. Nantais, President (Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association)
  • Steven Schumann, Director, Canadian Government Affairs (International Union of Operating Engineers)
  • Scott Thurlow, Senior Advisor, Government Affairs (Dow Chemical Company (Canada))
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:35 AM
  • The Honourable Jim Carr, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade Diversification (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Bruce Christie, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Agreements and Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kendal Hembroff, Director General, Trade Policy and Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Timothy Sargent, Deputy Minister for International Trade (Global Affairs Canada)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 8 of Part 6 of Bill C-74, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures
(2018-04-24)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director (Canadian Music Publishers Association)
  • Louise Jeanne Poulin, Chief Executive Officer (ArtExpert.ca)
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Chris Roberts, Director, Social and Economic Policy (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Mark Rowlinson, Assistant to the National Director (United Steelworkers)
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Jean Bédard, Q.C., Chairperson (Canadian International Trade Tribunal)
  • Michèle Govier, Senior Director, Trade Rules, International Trade Policy Division, International Trade and Finance (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Léticia Villeneuve, Economist, Trade Rules, International Trade and Finance Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
Government response to the sixteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, entitled "The Deepening Crisis in Venezuela: Canadian and Regional Stakes"
(2018-03-20)
Government Response to the thirteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, entitled "A turning point in Canada-Argentina Relations?"
(2018-02-28)
The subject matter of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, insofar as it relates to Canada’s international obligations
(2018-02-15) Show Briefs
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:41 AM
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 4:17 PM
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Martin Benjamin, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Mark Gwozdecky, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Security and Political Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Alan Kessel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Legal Affairs and Legal Adviser (Global Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Eric Costen, Director General, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat (Health Canada)
  • Jennifer Lutfallah, Director General, Enforcement and Intelligence Programs (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • David Pellmann, Executive Director, Office of Medical Cannabis (Health Canada)
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Martin Jelsma, Director, Drugs & Democracy Programme, Transnational Institute (As an Individual)
  • Gwendolyn Landolt, National Vice-President (REAL Women of Canada)
  • John Walsh, Director for drug policy and the Andes, , Washington Office on Latin America (As an Individual)
  • Diane Watts, Researcher (REAL Women of Canada)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Paul J. Larkin, Jr., Senior Legal Research Fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Institute for Constitutional Government (As an Individual)
  • Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst (Transform UK)
  • Grant Wilson, President (Canadian Children's Rights Council)
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Bruno Gélinas-Faucher, PhD Candidate in International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (As an Individual)
  • Dwight Newman, Professor and Canada Research Chair, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan (As an Individual)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4:16 PM
  • Line Beauchesne, Full Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Armand de Mestral, Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (As an Individual)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM
  • Steven Hoffman, Professor, Faculty of Health and Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an Individual)
  • Mark A. R. Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 4:20 PM
  • Mark Gwozdecky, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Security and Political Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kevin Thompson, Director General, North America Strategy Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
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