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Meeting No. 16

OTTAWA, Thursday, May 9, 2002


The Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations met at 9:21 a.m. this day, in Room 160-S, Centre Block, the Joint Chairs, the Honourable Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C., and Mr. Gurmant Grewal, M.P, presiding.

Representing the Senate:  The Honourable Senators Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C., Mobina Jaffer, Jean Lapointe, Wilfred P. Moore, and James Tunney (5).

Representing the House of Commons:  Pierre Brien, John Cummins, Wayne Easter (for Sue Barnes), Wayne Easter (for John McKay), Georges Farrah (for Paul Bonwick), Gurmant Grewal, Deborah Grey (for Scott Reid), Dominic LeBlanc (for Joe Comuzzi), Derek Lee, Bill Matthews (for Paul Macklin), Tom Wappel, and Ted White (11).

In attendance:  Till Heyde, Joint Clerk of the Committee (Senate); Joann Garbig, Acting Joint Clerk of the Committee (House of Commons); and François-R. Bernier, and Peter Bernhardt, Counsel to the Committee, Parliamentary Research Branch, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance:  The official reporters of the Senate.

The Committee considered its permanent Order of Reference, section 19, the Statutory Instruments Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. S-22, which follows:

Every statutory instrument issued, made or established after December 31, 1971, other than an instrument the inspection of which and the obtaining of copies of which are precluded by any regulations made pursuant to paragraph 20(d), shall stand permanently referred to any Committee of the House of Commons, of the Senate or of both Houses of Parliament that may be established for the purpose of reviewing and scrutinizing statutory instruments.

The Committee considered SOR/93-332 – Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations; SOR/94-390 – Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations, amendment; SOR/94-531- Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations, amendment; and SOR/95-106 – Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations, amendment.

After debate, it was agreed that Counsel to the Committee prepare a draft disallowance report on sections 4, 6, and 7 of the Regulations and that Counsel also prepare a separate draft regular report on section 9 and other related issues.

On SOR/92-738 – Railway Interswitching Regulations, amendment, Mr. Wappel filed with the Joint Chair a certificate as to the importance of the evidence to be obtained from Mr. Louis Ranger of the Department of Transport on the Regulations.

Mr. Wappel moved that Louis Ranger, of the Department of Transport, be summoned to appear and testify before the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations on Thursday, May 30, 2002, at 8:30 a.m. in committee room 160-S, Centre Block, Ottawa, and that the Joint Chairs be authorized to follow such procedures as may be necessary to communicate this order.

After debate, the question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

At 11:26 a.m., it was agreed that the Committee adjourn to the call of the Joint Chairs.




Till Heyde

Joint Clerk of the Committee (Senate)