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Meeting No. 31

Thursday, April 3, 2003

The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs met in a televised session at 11:06 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Peter Adams, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Peter Adams, Marlene Catterall, Michel Guimond, Joe Jordan, Lynn Myers, Carolyn Parrish, Geoff Regan, Jacques Saada.

Acting Members present: Dick Proctor for Yvon Godin; Michel Gauthier for Benoît Sauvageau; Ted White for Dale Johnston.

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: James Robertson, Principal; John M. Wright, Research Officer.

Appearing: From the House of Commons: Hon. Don Boudria, Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

Witnesses: From the Privy Council Office: Kathy O'Hara, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Machinery of Government; Michèle René de Cotret, Senior Privy Council Officer/Counsel, Legislation and House Planning/Counsel.

The Chair presented the Report of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows:




            The Subcommittee met on Thursday, March 27, 2003, to discuss the future business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:


Security on the Hill

That the Sergeant-at-Arms be invited to appear at an in camera meeting to provide the Committee with an update on security arrangements since the commencement of the war with Iraq.


Conflict of Interest Code

That Wednesday, April 2, 2003, be the last day for receiving written and oral input from Members regarding the preliminary draft report on a conflict of interest code for Members of the House; and


That the Committee then proceed to prepare a report to the House.


Bill C-24

That the Minister responsible for the Bill be invited to appear on Thursday, April 3, 2003; and


That the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada be invited to appear on Tuesday, April 8, 2003.


Respectfully submitted,



Chair of the Subcommittee

It was agreed, — That the Report be amended in the third paragraph to read as follows:

"That Friday, April 4, 2003, be the last day for receiving written input from Members regarding the preliminary draft report on a conflict of interest code for Members of the House; and”


It was agreed, — That the Report, as amended, be concurred in.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday March 18, 2003, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act (political financing).

The Chair called Clause 1.

The Minister made a statement and answered questions.

At 1:01 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Thomas Hall

Clerk of the Committee