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Meeting No. 17
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs met in camera at 11:47 a.m. this day, in Room 112-N, Centre Block, the Chair, Joe Preston, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Harold Albrecht, Chris Charlton, Joe Comartin, Marc Garneau, Hon. Laurie Hawn, Greg Kerr, Alexandrine Latendresse, Tom Lukiwski, Joe Preston, Scott Reid, Philip Toone and Bob Zimmer.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Michel Bédard, Analyst; Sebastian Spano, Analyst.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(a) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, September 29, 2011, the Committee resumed its study of the Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada entitled "Responding to Changing Needs – Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Following the 40th General Election".

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That, the Committee, as part of its mandate under Standing Order 108 (3) (iii) “the review of and report on the Standing Orders, procedure and practice in the House and its committees”, examine the use of secret “In Camera” sessions to discuss substantive motions in contravention of Standing Order 116 (“In a standing, special or legislative committee, the Standing Orders shall apply so far as may be applicable, except the Standing Orders as to the election of a Speaker, seconding of motions, limiting the number of times of speaking and the length of speeches”), across our committee system, and that this issue be the first order of business when the committee undertakes its review of the Standing Orders.


At 12:23 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Michelle Tittley
Clerk of the Committee

2012-02-06 3:33 p.m.