Report of the committee

Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications has the honour to table its

SECOND REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized to examine the subject matter of those elements related to transport and communications contained in Part 10 of Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization, has, in obedience to the order of reference of Thursday, April 28, 2022, examined the said subject matter and now reports as follows:

The part listed above would amend the Canada Transportation Act to allow the Minister of Transport to make interim orders to amend regulations in certain circumstances. The interim order, which could be valid for up to three years, could only be made if the Minister considers that it is in the public interest and if it either implements an international standard or ensures compliance with Canada’s international obligations. The interim order would also have to be made publicly available, unless the Minister of Transport is of the opinion that its publication is inappropriate due to exceptional circumstances, such as if the publication compromises public safety.

On May 11, 2022, the committee heard witnesses from Transport Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat on the subject matter of the part listed above. Associations representing all modes of transportation were also invited to appear, but they declined for various reasons.

During its meeting with the three officials, committee members asked questions about the three-year validity period for interim orders, the possibility that the Minister of Transport may not publish an interim order in exceptional circumstances and the reasons it would be beneficial to update certain regulations by order rather than by the normal process.

Having heard from government officials on the subject matter of the part listed above, your committee supports the amendment proposed to the Canada Transportation Act.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair


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