Okay, Paula, please come on up.
Thank you, Paula. I appreciate that. I know you're all settled back there nicely, but it's better to have you here, I think.
I'd like to introduce the legislative clerk, Olivier Champagne. He was here before, but he went away because we weren't ready to do it. He's here today to guide us through the process. There is a script prepared.
If you remember last time we did clause-by-clause consideration, we had an issue. We decided we wanted to do something, but we'd already gone past the point and we couldn't get back to it, so let's make sure that we to go carefully through this so we don't have any “oops” and we can't get back, because I think we need unanimous consent to do that, and that's always a bit of a challenge.
For that reason, I'm not going to rush it. I'm going to go carefully through it. We have quite a few clauses and some of them are embedded or supersede another clause, and there are amendments to things that have been brought by others.
Pursuant to the order of reference on Thursday, October 19, the committee now resumes the consideration of Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act.
In summary of the bill,
This enactment amends the Federal Sustainable Development Act to make decision making related to sustainable development more transparent and subject to accountability to Parliament.
That was the purpose of our previous report.
We'll get started. Does everybody have their copies open and everything ready? Okay.
We're going to start with clause 1.
The definitions precautionary principle and target in section 2 of the Federal Sustainable Development Act are repealed.
Shall clause 1 carry?
I just want to make sure everybody is ready.