The Standing Committee on Finance met in a televised session at 3:27 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Rob Merrifield, presiding.
Members of the Committee present: Paul Crête, Dean Del Mastro, Rick Dykstra, Jean-Yves Laforest, Hon. John McKay, Ted Menzies, Rob Merrifield, Thomas J. Mulcair, Hon. Garth Turner and Mike Wallace.
Acting Members present: Diane Bourgeois for Jean-Yves Laforest, Olivia Chow for Thomas J. Mulcair, Martha Hall Findlay for Massimo Pacetti and Hon. Gurbax Malhi for Hon. John McCallum.
In attendance: Library of Parliament: June Dewetering, Principal Analyst; Alexandre Laurin, Analyst.
Witnesses: Canadian Arab Federation: Mohamed Boudjenane, Executive Director; Amina Sherazee, Legal Counselor. As an individual: David Cohen, Immigration Lawyer. Canadian Urban Transit Association: Michael W. Roschlau, President and Chief Executive Officer; Louise Poirier, Vice President, Municipal Councils. C.D. Howe Institute: Finn Poschmann, Director of Research. Canadian Cancer Society: Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst. Canadian Institute of Actuaries: Michel Bédard, Member, Task Force on Financing of Employment Insurance. As an individual: Lorne Waldman, Immigration Lawyer.
Mohamed Boudjenane, Amina Sherazee, David Cohen Michael Roschlau and Louise Poirier made statements and answered questions.
At 4 : 32 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 4 : 35 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Finn Poschmann, Rob Cunningham, Michel Bédard and Lorne Waldman made statements and answered questions.
At 5:32 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.
Jean-François PagéClerk of the Committee