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37th PARLIAMENT, 3rd SESSION

Standing Committee on Transport


EVIDENCE

CONTENTS

Tuesday, February 17, 2004




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V         The Clerk of the Committee
V         Mr. James Moore (Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, CPC)
V         The Clerk
V         The Clerk
V         Hon. Jim Karygiannis (Scarborough—Agincourt, Lib.)
V         The Clerk
V         Hon. Jim Karygiannis
V         The Clerk
V         The Clerk
V         The Chair (Mr. Raymond Bonin (Nickel Belt, Lib.))
V         Mr. Ovid Jackson (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, Lib.)
V         The Chair
V         The Chair
V         Mr. James Moore
V         The Chair
V         Mr. James Moore
V         The Chair
V         Mr. James Moore
V         The Chair
V         Hon. Jim Karygiannis (Scarborough—Agincourt, Lib.)
V         The Chair
V         Mr. Jim Gouk (Kootenay—Boundary—Okanagan, CPC)

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V         The Chair










CANADA

Standing Committee on Transport


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3rd SESSION 
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37th PARLIAMENT 

EVIDENCE

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

[Recorded by Electronic Apparatus]

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[English]

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    The Clerk of the Committee: Honourable members, I see a quorum. Pursuant to Standing Order 106(1), we're going to proceed with the election of a chair. I'm ready to receive nominations to that effect.

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    Mr. James Moore (Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, CPC): I would like to nominate Raymond Bonin as chair.

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    The Clerk: All in favour? Against?

    (Motion agreed to)

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    The Clerk: We are going to proceed to the election of the vice-chairs. I'm ready to receive nominations to that effect.

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    Hon. Jim Karygiannis (Scarborough—Agincourt, Lib.): I'd like to nominate two vice-chairs--John Cannis and James Moore.

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    The Clerk: Can we proceed with Mr. Cannis first?

    Are there any other nominations? All in favour? Against?

    (Motion agreed to)

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    Hon. Jim Karygiannis: I'd like to nominate James Moore.

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    The Clerk: Are there any other nominations? All in favour? Against?

    (Motion agreed to)

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    The Clerk: I would invite Mr. Bonin to come to the chair, please.

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    The Chair (Mr. Raymond Bonin (Nickel Belt, Lib.)): Merci beaucoup. Thank you very much.

    First of all, I'd like to thank Mr. Moore for nominating me. It's a good way to start, and those who know me, who have sat on committees I've chaired, know I'm not a person of long speeches. That's good, I'm sure. I am not a person who plays games. I don't play government games against the opposition and I don't play games against any members with friends or anything. Everything is on the table.

    In spite of the rules we will agree upon today, the committee always has the power to make rules as it goes. So if we're hearing witnesses and you decide for some reason you'd like it done differently, you need to get the support of the majority of members.

    I'll run everything by you, and I invite you to talk to members of committees I've sat on and verify what I've just said. It's crucial that the chair be as neutral as can be. Now, I'm not going to tell you I'm completely neutral. I'll even tell you that on a tie vote I get the deciding vote, and I'll vote with the government--unless it's a matter of conscience.

    I'm coming clean with you, and I look forward to working with you.

    Would the two vice-chairs like to say a few words?

    Mr. Jackson.

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    Mr. Ovid Jackson (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, Lib.): Mr. Chair, since we have these routine motions and most members of the transport committee have not changed, I move we just approve them all so we can get on with the substantive things.

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    The Chair: Do I have unanimous consent to vote on all of them in one vote?

    Some hon. members: Agreed.

    (Motions agreed to [See Minutes of Proceedings])

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    The Chair: Is there anything else for the good of the club?

    Mr. Moore.

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    Mr. James Moore: I have a notice of motion I've given to the clerk of the committee. I don't believe everybody has a copy of it, but you could perhaps read it out loud for us.

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    The Chair: We'll read it, and the steering committee will decide when the next meeting is so we can deal with it.

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    Mr. James Moore: If you just want to circulate it, you don't have to read it.

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    The Chair: I'll read it while we circulate it.

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    Mr. James Moore: Perhaps you don't have to read it because there's a copy coming and we can consider it at the next meeting.

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    The Chair: Okay. We can deal with it at the next meeting.

    Is there anything else?

    Thank you very much. The meeting is adjourned--

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    Hon. Jim Karygiannis (Scarborough—Agincourt, Lib.): Before you do that, if the committee wishes to invite the transport minister, just let us know and he'll be more than delighted to appear.

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    The Chair: We can deal with that right now.

    Is there a desire, or do you wish to deal with it through the steering committee? If you direct the chair to invite the minister by majority vote, I will do that. Do you wish a few minutes to discuss it? Would you like to suspend for two or three minutes?

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    Mr. Jim Gouk (Kootenay—Boundary—Okanagan, CPC): I would just like to ask...it's always good to get some sense of where the transport minister is going, but we're going to want him as soon as we hear some sense of direction from government, which we've not had yet, with regard to transport. Would it not be better to have something by way of a statement from government or notice of new bills, new legislation, so we have something specific to question the minister on, and ask him at that time?

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    The Chair: I understand why you would say that. We don't wish to invite the minister when there's nothing to talk about, losing out on a chance when there is something to talk about. We'll discuss it at a steering committee meeting.

    Seeing that this meeting is pretty well over, can I invite the steering committee to stay for five minutes?

    We'll adjourn this one and start the steering committee meeting in one minute.

    Thank you, everyone.