Evidence of meeting #41 for Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was treaty.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Habib Massoud  Deputy Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • Paul Galveias  Senior Export Control Officer, Export Controls Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • Mark Fried  Policy Coordinator, Oxfam Canada, and Member, Control Arms Coalition
  • Hilary Homes  Campaigner, International Justice, Security and Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Member, Control Arms Coalition
  • Lina Holguin  Policy Director, Oxfam-Québec, and Member, Control Arms Coalition
  • Kenneth Epps  Senior Program Officer, Project Ploughshares, and Member, Control Arms Coalition
  • Steve Torino  President, Canadian Shooting Sports Association
  • Tony Bernardo  Executive Director, Canadian Shooting Sports Association
  • Solomon Friedman  Lawyer, As an Individual

June 11th, 2012 / 5:05 p.m.

Conservative

Bob Dechert Mississauga—Erindale, ON

Well, perhaps I can follow up in a later round.

I'll use this time just to clarify a matter that was brought up earlier by Madame Laverdière. She referred to Minister Baird's responses to one of her questions to the committee on December 1, 2011.

I'll just read the question, because it's pretty clear. She seemed to believe that he said he didn't know who appointed the members of the negotiating team. In fact the question from Madame Laverdière was as follows:

With regard to the next round of negotiations, as you know, there are a lot of civil society organizations who have been working on that issue, either globally or in the hemisphere. I was a party to some of those negotiations at one point, and I can tell you that these people brought a lot of expertise and knowledge to the Canadian team as a whole.

In the next negotiations, do you intend to bring all sides of civil society, existing expertise and groups that have participated in previous negotiations?

The minister replied:

As I responded,

—he'd responded earlier to one of her questions about a previous round of negotiations—

I don't know who was part of that delegation. If you have anyone you think could contribute, I'd be very pleased to receive any suggestions you might have.

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NDP

Ève Péclet La Pointe-de-l'Île, QC

Relevance, please?

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Conservative

Bob Dechert Mississauga—Erindale, ON

The point is simply that he responded that he didn't know who was part of the earlier delegation, not that he didn't know who appointed those members.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

That's all the time you have. Thank you, Mr. Dechert.

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Conservative

Bob Dechert Mississauga—Erindale, ON

Thank you.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

We're going to move over to Mr. LeBlanc, for seven minutes.

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Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Thanks, Mr. Chairman.

Mesdames et messieurs, thank you for being here, and thank you for giving us the benefit of some interesting perspectives on what is certainly an important issue.

Mr. Torino or Mr. Bernardo, in your work representing your association, have you met with the foreign affairs minister?

5:10 p.m.

Executive Director, Canadian Shooting Sports Association

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Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Have you met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs?

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Executive Director, Canadian Shooting Sports Association

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Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Have you met with a previous foreign affairs minister or any other federal minister?

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Executive Director, Canadian Shooting Sports Association

Tony Bernardo

Yes, we have.

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Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Which federal ministers did you meet with?

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Executive Director, Canadian Shooting Sports Association

Tony Bernardo

That would be....

It goes back a ways.

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Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Well, maybe the top three.