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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting No. 1

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:34 p.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, for the purpose of electing a Chair.

Members of the Committee present: Michel Bellehumeur, Bill Blaikie, Chuck Cadman, Irwin Cotler, Paul DeVillers, Ivan Grose, Peter MacKay, John Maloney, John McKay, Lynn Myers, Stephen Owen, The Hon. Andy Scott, Judy Sgro, Kevin Sorenson, Larry Spencer, Vic Toews.

Acting Member(s) present: Geoff Regan for Carole-Marie Allard, Réal Ménard for Pierrette Venne.

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Philip Rosen, Senior Analyst.

Pursuant to Standing Order 106 (1) and (2), election of a Chair and Vice-Chairs.

The Clerk presided over the election of a Chair.

John Maloney moved, -- That Andy Scott do take the Chair of this Committee as Chairman.

The question being put on the motion, it was agreed.

Andy Scott took the Chair.

On motion of Vic Toews, it was agreed, -- That Chuck Cadman be elected Vice-Chair of the Committee.

On motion of Lynn Myers, it was agreed, -- That Ivan Grose be elected Vice-Chair of the Committee.

It was agreed, -- That the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs, the Parliamentary Secretaries to the Solicitor General and the Minister of Justice and a representative of each of the Bloc Québécois, the New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party, do compose the Sub-Committee on Agenda and Procedure.

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 works, at the discretion of the Chairman.

It was moved, -- That twenty-four (24) hours notice be given to the members of the Committee before any substantive motion is considered by the Committee unless the Committee gives consent otherwise.

Ivan Grose moved the following amendment, -- That the words " twenty-four (24)" be replaced by " forty-eight (48)".

After debate, the question being put on the amendment, it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS:

Bill Blaikie

Chuck Cadman

Irwin Cotler

Paul DeVillers

Ivan Grose

John Maloney

John McKay

Lynn Myers

Stephen Owen

Geoff Regan

Judy Sgro

Kevin Sorenson

Larry Spencer

Vic Toews

(14)

 

NAYS:

Michel Bellehumeur

Peter MacKay

Réal Ménard

(3)

The question was put on the motion as amended, and it was agreed to.

It was agreed, -- That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to circulate the documents received only when they exist in both official languages.

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 a member of the Opposition.

It was agreed, -- That, as established by the Board of Internal Economy and if requested, reasonable travelling, accommodation, and living expenses by reimbursed to witnesses who are invited to appear before the committee up to a maximum of two (2) representative for any one organization; and that payment for more than two (2) representatives in exceptional circumstances be at the discretion of the Chair.

 It was moved, -- That witnesses by given ten (10) minutes for their opening statements; and that, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of the witnesses, there be allocated seven (7) minutes for the first questioner of each party and that thereafter three (3) minutes be allocated to each subsequent questioner (alternating between Government and Opposition parties).

John McKay moved the following amendment, -- That witnesses be given ten (10) minutes for their opening statement; and that, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated: seven (7) minutes for the first questioner of the Canadian Alliance Party, seven (7) minutes for the first questioner of the Liberal Party, seven (7) minutes for the first questioner of the Bloc Québécois, five (5) minutes for the second questioner of the Liberal Party, seven (7) minutes for the first questioner of the New Democratic Party, five (5) minutes for the third questioner of the Liberal Party, seven (7) minutes for the first questioner of the Progressive Conservative Party, and that the second round be five (5) minutes for each questioner in the same order.

After debate, Chuck Cadman moved the following sub-amendment, -- That witnesses be given ten (10) minutes for their opening statement; and that, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated: ten (10) minutes for the first questioner of the Canadian Alliance Party, ten (10) minutes for the first questioner of the Liberal Party, ten (10) minutes for the second questioner of the Canadian Alliance Party, ten (10) minutes for the first questioner of the Bloc Québécois, ten (10) minutes for the second questioner of the Liberal Party, five (5) minutes for the first questioner of the New Democratic Party, five (5) minutes for the first questioner of the Progressive Conservative Party and that thereafter five (5) minutes be allocated to each subsequent questioner (alternating between Government and Opposition parties).

After debate, the question was put on the sub-amendment, and it was negatived.

The question was put on the amendment, and it was negatived.

The question was put on the motion, and it was agreed to.

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 lunches for the Committee and its Sub-Committees, for working purposes, and that the cost of these lunches be charged to the budget of the Committee.

It was agreed, -- That documents for the use of the Committee and its members may be purchased from time to time, at the discretion of the Chair.

 

It was agreed, -- That each Committee member be allowed to have one staff person present at in camera meetings, unless there is a decision for a particular meeting to exclude all staff.

 

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 when a Private Member’s Bill is referred, to put the Bill on its agenda in order to invite the Member to explain the Bill to the Committee and to decide on its work plan.

At 4:04 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 

Catherine Barrette / Roger Préfontaine

 


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