The Standing Committee on Finance met in a televised session at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Brian Pallister, presiding.
Members of the Committee present: Diane Ablonczy, Dean Del Mastro, Rick Dykstra, Yvan Loubier, Hon. John McCallum, Hon. John McKay, Massimo Pacetti, Brian Pallister, Michael Savage, Thierry St-Cyr, Hon. Garth Turner and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.
In attendance: Library of Parliament: June Dewetering, Principal; Alexandre Laurin, Analyst.
Appearing: Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance.
Witnesses: Department of Finance: Barbara Anderson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal-Provincial Relations & Social Policy Branch; Serge Dupont, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Financial Sector Policy Branch; Bob Hamilton, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Tax Policy Branch; Paul-Henri Lapointe, Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch; Gérard Lalonde, Senior Chief, Tax Policy Branch; Serge Nadeau, General Director, Analysis, Tax Policy Branch; Serge Dupont, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Financial Sector Policy Branch; Pierre Mercille, Chief, Sales Tax Division / Tax Policy Branch / Legislation Policy.
The Chair called Clause 1.
The Minister of Finance made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.
At 5:37 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.
Elizabeth B. KingstonClerk of the Committee