Meeting No. 47
Tuesday, February 5, 2002
The Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and
the Status of Persons with Disabilities met at 11:08 a.m. this day, in Room
269, West Block, the Chair, Judi Longfield, presiding.
Member(s) of the Committee present: Eugène Bellemare, Paul Crête,
Libby Davies, Monique Guay, Dale Johnston, Judi Longfield, Gurbax Malhi, Serge
Marcil, Joe McGuire, Anita Neville, Werner Schmidt, Carol Skelton, Larry
Spencer, Diane St-Jacques and Alan Tonks.
In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Kevin Kerr,
Julie Mackenzie and Bill Young, Research Officers.
Witness(es): From the Canadian Human Rights Commission: Nicole
Chénier-Cullen, Director General, Employment Equity Branch; Joan Bishop,
Director, Statistical Analysis Unit, Employment Equity Branch; Rhys Phillips,
Director, Policy and Legislation, Employment Equity Branch; Andrea Wright,
Legal Advisor, Legal Services Branch.
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the Committee proceeded to the election
of Vice-Chair (Opposition).
On motion of Dale Johnston, it was agreed, -- That Carol Skelton be elected
Opposition Vice-Chair of the Committee.
Nicole Chénier-Cullen made a presentation and with the other witnesses
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of the following motion of Paul
Crête presented to the Clerk on Wednesday, January 20th, 2002,
pursuant to the forty-eight hours notice motion adopted on February 20, 2001.
Paul Crête, moved, -- That the Committee invite Mr Michel Bédard, Chief
Actuary of the Employment Insurance Plan, to appear before it to discuss the
report that for the past few years he has made a practice of tabling to the
House every autumn, which has not been made public for 2002.
After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the
following recorded division:
YEAS: [Paul Crête, Monique Guay, Dale Johnston, Carol Skelton – 4];
NAYS: [Eugène Bellemare, Gurbax Malhi,
Serge Marcil, Joe McGuire, Anita Neville, Diane St-Jacques, Alan Tonks – 7]
At 12:58, the sitting was suspended.
At 12:59, the Committee proceeded to sit in camera.
The Committee proceeded to discuss its future business.
It was agreed, -- That the suggested list of witnesses for the Committee’s Review
of the Employment Equity Act as per the Library of Parliament Research Branch
document dated January 28, 2002 be adopted.
At 1:12 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.
Clerk of the Committee