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Supplementary and Dissenting Opinions to Committee Reports

A committee report reflects the opinion of the committee as a whole and not necessarily the opinions of each individual member. Members of the committee who disagree with the decision of the majority cannot present a separate report. When a recognized party’s members on a committee disagree with a committee report or wish to make supplementary comments, these opinions may be appended to the report, following the signature of the report by the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(b). The text must be the shorter of either 10 pages or the length of the original report, and must be filed with the committee clerk by a deadline set by the committee.

When the report is presented to the House, a committee member of the Official Opposition representing those who supported the dissenting or supplementary opinion may rise to give a succinct explanation.

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