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OTTAWA, Thursday, April 29, 1999


The Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations met at 8:43 a.m., this day in Room 256-S, Centre Block, Gurmant Grewal presiding.

Representing the Senate: Wilfred Moore (1).

Representing the House of Commons: Paul De Villers, Gurmant Grewal, Derek Lee, Jacques Saada, Pierrette Venne et Tom Wappel (6).

Other senator present: Marisa Ferretti Barth (1).

In attendance: Susan Baldwin, Joint Clerk of the Committee (House of Commons); François-R. Bernier, Peter Bernhardt, Counsel to the Committee, Research Branch, Library of Parliament.


From the Department of Fisheries and Oceans:

Bruce Bergen, Senior Counsel, DFO Legal Services Branch;

Gerry Bartram, Senior Advisor, Environmental Response Policy;

Michel Leclerc, Acting Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs.

The committee continued its consideration of 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.

Order Amending the Fees Proposed by Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, Great Lakes Response Corporation of Canada, Eastern Canada Response Corporation Ltd., Atlantic Emergency Response Team (ALERT) Inc., and Point Tupper Marine Services Ltd.

Mr. Leclerc and Mr. Bartram made an opening statement and, with Mr Bergen, answered questions from members.

At 9:55 a.m., the committee continued its sitting in camera.

The committee undertook discussion of its participation in the Conference on Delegated Legislation and Scrutiny of Bills in Sydney, Australia July 21-24, 1999 and of the travel costs associated with such participation.

After debate, it was agreed that the committee submit a budget and travel request to the House of Commons and the Senate proposing the participation of ten members and two staff at the conference. It was furthermore agreed that travel costs be based on excursion air fare rates.

At 10:10 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Tõnu Onu

Joint Clerk of the Committee (Senate)