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OTTAWA, Monday, November 27, 2023


Pursuant to the orders of the Senate of February 10, 2022 and February 1, 2023 and the Standing Orders of the House of Commons, the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations met this day in room W120, 1 Wellington Street, and with videoconference, at 11:04 a.m. ET, the joint chairs, the Honourable Yuen Pau Woo and Dan Albas, presiding.

Representing the Senate: The Honourable Senators Dean and Woo (2).

Representing the House of Commons: Dan Albas, Rachel Blaney, Scot Davidson, Jean-Denis Garon, Matt Jeneroux, Tim Louis and Ruby Sahota (7).

Representing the House of Commons by videoconference: Dean Allison, Élizabeth Brière, David Lametti, Patricia Lattanzio and James Maloney (5).

Participating in the meeting: Christine Holke, Joint Clerk of the Committee, House of Commons; Elda Donnelly, Administrative Assistant, Senate of Canada; Tanya Dupuis, General Counsel, Geoffrey Hilton, Counsel and Stephanie Feldman, Analyst, Library of Parliament.

The committee proceeded to consider its permanent order of reference, as set out in section 19 of the Statutory Instruments Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. S-22, which provides for the following:

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 Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Defence.


Department of National Defence:

Bill Matthews, Deputy Minister;

Lieutenant-General Lise Bourgon, Commander, Military Personnel Command;

Ian Davis, Deputy Judge Advocate General for Administrative Law.

The minister made a statement and, together with Bill Matthews and Lieutenant-General Lise Bourgon, answered questions.

At 12 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 12:05 p.m., the committee resumed in camera.

It was agreed that the committee allow the transcription of the in camera portion of today’s meeting, that one copy be kept with the general counsel for consultation by committee members and staff, and that the transcript be destroyed by the general counsel when authorized to do so by the joint chairs.

The joint clerk for the House of Commons presided over the election of the first vice-chair, House of Commons.

It was agreed that Mr. Louis be elected first vice-chair of the committee.

In the matter of SOR/94-276, Canadian Forces Superannuation Regulations, amendment, it was agreed that committee counsel write to the Designated Instruments Officer of the Department of National Defence to review its status on a quarterly basis beginning in January 2024, and inform the committee of the action taken.

At 12:16 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the joint chairs.


Sara Gajic

Joint Clerk of the Committee