Evidence of meeting #80 for Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was chair.

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On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Luc Leduc  Senior Counsel and Group Head, Legal Services, Department of Human Resources and Social Development
  • Rosaline Frith  Director General, Canada Student Loans Program, Department of Human Resources and Social Development

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

The Vice-Chair Ruby Dhalla

Good afternoon to everyone.

My apologies for the delay in starting. We needed to have a quorum and get all of the paperwork in order, which is now done.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, November 22, the committee will now be resuming its study on Bill C-284. We have to go through a number of amendments clause by clause. Hopefully we can get through them expeditiously. If anyone has any questions, please let me know.

We will be starting with clause 1.

Mr. Lessard.

(On clause 1)

3:30 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Lessard Chambly—Borduas, QC

With your permission, Madam Chair, I humbly suggest that we would like first to deal with our amendment that allows provinces that so desire to opt out, but with the right to compensation. I have two amendments in this regard.

This is the reason for my request: last time, we made it clear that we could not support Bill C-284 as drafted unless we introduced an amendment that would allow us to amend sections 14.1 and 14.3 in order to overcome the obstacle in section 14.7.

With your permission, Madam Chair, we could begin with my amendments. That would allow us to vote for the amendments that follow.

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

The Vice-Chair Ruby Dhalla

Mr. Lessard would like to start with an amendment that is later. The amendments are placed in the order they appear in the particular bill, so you would require unanimous consent for that. Is there unanimous consent?

3:30 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Mike Lake Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont, AB

Which amendment does he want to go to?

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

Geoff Regan Halifax West, NS

I think he wants to go to amendment BQ-3.

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

The Vice-Chair Ruby Dhalla

Mr. Lessard would like to start.... It should say page 10, which is amendment BQ-3, on your top right-hand corner.

Is that correct, Mr. Lessard?

3:30 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Lessard Chambly—Borduas, QC

Yes.

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

The Vice-Chair Ruby Dhalla

For us, as a committee, to be able to start with amendment BQ-3, we require unanimous consent; otherwise, we will proceed in the order they've been placed in your package.

3:35 p.m.

Conservative

Lynne Yelich Blackstrap, SK

It would be nice if we could do everything in order, but if that's the way we have to do it, I guess we could proceed and start with amendment BQ-3, if you want. Go ahead. I think you have our consent.

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Vice-Chair Ruby Dhalla

So there's unanimous consent?

3:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Vice-Chair Ruby Dhalla

Mr. Lessard, we shall start with page 10, amendment BQ-3.

3:35 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Lessard Chambly—Borduas, QC

Madam Chair, I remind the committee that Bill C-284 does not deal with section 14.7 which grants provinces and Quebec, of course, the right to opt out and receive compensation. Given that Bill C-284 deals with the regulations that allow...

3:35 p.m.

Conservative

Mike Lake Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont, AB

I have a point of order.