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Meeting No. 1



The Standing Committee on Finance met at 9:00 a.m. this day, in Room 209, West Block, for the purpose of electing a Chair pursuant to Standing Orders 106(1) and 106(2).

Members of the Committee present: Mark Assad, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Roger Gallaway, David Iftody, Yvan Loubier, Gilles Perron, Gary Pillitteri, Karen Redman, Nelson Riis, Gerry Ritz, Monte Solberg, Paul Szabo, Tony Valeri.

Acting Member present: Gary Lunn for Dick Harris.

Associate Member present : Jocelyne Bujold-Girard.

Also present : From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament: Richard Domingue and Marion Wrobel, Research Officers.

The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of a Chair.

On motion of Paul Szabo and seconded by Roger Galloway, it was agreed, --That, Maurizio Bevilacqua do take the Chair as Chair of the Committee.

Accordingly, Maurizio Bevilacqua was declared duly elected Chair of the Committee and took the Chair.

On motion of David Iftody, it was agreed,--That Paddy Torsney be elected Vice-Chair of the Committee in absentia.

On motion of Gerry Ritz, it was agreed,--That Monte Solberg be elected Vice-Chair of the Committee.

It was moved, --That the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, and a representative of each of the Bloc Quebecois, the New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party, do compose the Sub-Committee on Agenda and Procedure.

After debate, the question being put on the motion, it was agreed to.

It was moved, --That the Chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence when a quorum is not present provided that the Chairman and at least two (2) Members are present, including a member of the Opposition and provided that if no Member of the opposition is present 15 minutes after the designated start of the meeting, the meeting may proceed with the Chairman alone as the reduced quorum.

After debate, the question being put on the motion, it was agreed to.

On motion of Monte Solberg, it was agreed, --That the Committee retain the services of one or more research officers from the Library of Parliament, as needed, to assist the Committee in its work, at the discretion of the Chair.

On motion of Nelson Riis, it was agreed, --That, as established by the Board of Internal Economy and if requested, reasonable travelling, accommodation, and living expenses be reimbursed to witnesses who are invited to appear before the Committee, up to a maximum of two (2) representatives for any one organization.

It was moved,--That witnesses be given ten (10) minutes for their opening statement and that during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated five (5) minutes for the first questioner of each party and that thereafter five (5) minutes be allocated to each subsequent questioner, at the discretion of the Chair.

And debate arising thereon.

It was agreed,--That the motion be amended by adding after the words "subsequent questioner" the following:

"alternating between opposition and government parties and that the total time for questioning be divided evenly between the government party and the opposition parties, in proportion to the representation of the opposition parties on the Committee".

And the question being put on the motion, it was agreed to as amended.

The Committee proceeded to discuss its future business.

It was agreed,--That the Chair contact the Minister of Finance to ascertain his availability to appear before the committee for the pre-budget consultations.

At 9:58 o'clock a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Janice Hilchie,

Clerk of the Committee