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Evidence of meeting #51 for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was amendment.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

Chad Mariage  Procedural Clerk

4 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

Mr. Chair, could we have a five-minute break?

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

I think that might be in order, just to get clarity on this particular amendment, if that's okay.

4 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

Absolutely.

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

We'll take a five-minute recess, and I'll hold it to five minutes, please.

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

We'll call the meeting back to order.

Mr. Jean.

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

Mr. Chair, we've had discussions between parties, and I would like to hear Mr. McCallum's proposed amendment in respect to this, if that's possible.

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

He has asked, and you certainly can.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Liberal Markham—Unionville, ON

Thank you.

This relates to the part of the bill on page 3, lines 9 to 15, about the brake override system, which the government amendment has simply erased.

Our proposal is to erase the clause that exists in the bill that says:

(a.1) in the case of a vehicle that employs an electronic throttle control system, the vehicle is equipped with a brake-override system;

And replace it with:

The Governor in Council shall propose regulations respecting brake override systems for prescribed classes of vehicles equipped with an electronic throttle control system. This will be complete within 280 days after the coming into force of the U.S. enactment of such requirements.

The effect of that is to put the brake override decision not into the act but in the regulations and to give them the amount of time that is contingent on an action in the U.S. I think that's a reasonable way to go.

4:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

Before I ask for a comment from the floor, Mr. McCallum, I don't want to put you through too much misery, but I would ask if you would just read it again one more time for interpretation and so that everybody understands.

4:10 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Liberal Markham—Unionville, ON

I'd be happy to.

The Governor in Council shall propose regulations respecting brake override systems for prescribed classes of vehicles equipped with an electronic throttle control system. This will be complete within 280 days after the coming into force date of the U.S. enactment of such requirements.

4:10 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

The coming into force of U.S. regulations?

4:10 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Liberal Markham—Unionville, ON

I guess regulations.

4:10 p.m.

Liberal

Joe Volpe Liberal Eglinton—Lawrence, ON

That would be American, whatever the American system--

4:10 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Liberal Markham—Unionville, ON

It could be either.

4:10 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

I understand that. Either way is fine.

4:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

Mr. Jean.

4:10 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

Mr. Chair, in anticipation of your ruling my amendment, the government amendment, out of order—

4:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

It won't be out of order. What I'm going to propose, based on Mr. McCallum's interjection earlier, is that Mr. McCallum move his amendment further down on the agenda, so that we can address this issue with your amendment, and then we add it under, I believe, clause 6.1 when we're dealing with the regulation side of it.

Okay? Then we'll deal with government amendment number three.

(Amendment agreed to) [See Minutes of Proceedings]

(Clause 4 as amended agreed to)

(On clause 5)

On clause 5, we have government amendment number four.

Mr. Jean.

4:15 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

Yes, Mr. Chair.

You'll notice that some of the changes are fairly straightforward in relation to the English of this, and I think all members have a copy in both French and English. You'll notice in particular that the amendments made to this clause are meant to enlarge it and to ensure that its breadth is adequate. That's why, for instance, it talks about any vehicle and adding vehicles or equipment that have been imported into Canada. So it enlarges the class. I think it was just something that was missed by the original drafters, inadvertently.

So it captures not just those manufactured in Canada, but also the vast majority if not almost all vehicles on the road in Canada. So that's in relation to amendment (a).

And amendment (b)(2)—

4:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

I have only one amendment.

4:15 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

That is amendment G-5, is it not? No, it is amendment G-4, part (b).

4:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

It is clause 5, amendment G-4, and there are two parts to that.

4:15 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

I'm sorry, Mr. Chair. Let me start over.

It would change the words “in the prescribed manner” to be “in accordance with the regulations”, so that would be consistent. It would provide more flexibility in making regulations that come from a more general power. That is (a). We would add, from (b) specifically:

(4.1) The company that causes the notice to be given shall take measures to correct the safety-related defect.

That is to clarify who is responsible for remedying the defect for greater certainty in the legislation.

4:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Merv Tweed

Are there comments?

4:15 p.m.

Liberal

Joe Volpe Liberal Eglinton—Lawrence, ON

We view it as a friendly amendment.

(Amendment agreed to) [See Minutes of Proceedings]

(Clause 5 as amended agreed to)

(On clause 6)