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Meeting No. 1

Thursday, October 14, 1999

The Standing Committee on Transport met at 11:01 a.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block for the purpose of electing a Chair and two Vice-Chairs, pursuant to Standing Orders 106(1) and (2).

Members of the Committee present: Gérard Asselin, Roy Bailey, Murray Calder, Bill Casey, Bev Desjarlais, Stan Dromisky, Joe Fontana, Michel Guimond, Charles Hubbard, Ovid Jackson, Stan Keyes, Val Meredith, Gerry Ritz, Lou Sekora.

Acting Members present: Guy St. Julien for Mark Assad; John McKay for Joe Comuzzi.

In attendance: From the Parliamentary Research Branch of the Library of Parliament: John Christopher, Researcher.

Pursuant to Standing Order 106(1) and (2), the Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of a Chair.

Stan Dromisky moved,--That Stan Keyes do take the chair of this Committee as Chair.

And debate arising thereon.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:


Murray Calder

Stan Dromisky

Joe Fontana

Michel Guimond

Charles Hubbard

Ovid Jackson

Stan Keyes

Guy St. Julien

John McKay

Lou Sekora: -- 10


Gérard Asselin

Roy Bailey

Bill Casey

Bev Desjarlais

Val Meredith

Gerry Ritz: -- 6



Accordingly, Stan Keyes was declared duly elected Chair of the Committee and took the Chair.

On motion of Joe Fontana, it was agreed,--That Joe Comuzzi be elected Vice-Chair of the Committee.

On motion of Roy Bailey, it was agreed,--That Val Meredith be elected Vice-Chair of the Committee.

It was agreed, --That the Chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence when a quorum is not present provided that at least three (3) members are present, including two (2) members of the Government and one (1) member from the Opposition.

It was agreed,--That witnesses be given ten to twelve (10 to 12) minutes for their opening statement and, that during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated five (5) minutes for the first questioner starting with the official Opposition, then Government, and the Opposition, then Government and so on back and forth and thereafter five (5) minutes be allocated to each subsequent questioner, at the discretion of the Chair.


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.

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 agreed,--That one copy of the transcript of all in camera meetings be kept in the Committee Clerk's office for consultation.

It was agreed,--That the Committee authorize the Chairman, from time to time, as the need arises, to take, in conjunction with the Clerk of the Committee, the appropriate measures to provide meals for the Committee and its Sub-Committees, for working purposes, and that the cost of these meals be charged to the budget of the Committee.

It was agreed,--That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to distribute submissions in both official languages.

It was agreed,--That the Clerk circulate to all Members of the Committee Order in Council appointments referred to the Standing Committee on Transport.

It was agreed,--That the Committee will meet on Tuesday morning and afternoon, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

On motion of Val Meredith, it was agreed,--That no in camera meetings shall occur without a vote by the Committee in an open meeting.

It was agreed,--That the Committee meet Monday, October 18, 1999 at 3:30 p.m. in camera to discuss future business.

At 12:10 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Guyanne L. Desforges

Clerk of the Committee