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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 56
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
 

The Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates met in a televised session at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Leon Benoit, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Leon Benoit, Ken Boshcoff, Marc Godbout, Gary Lunn, Hon. Diane Marleau, Pat Martin, Pierre Poilievre, Joe Preston, Francis Scarpaleggia, Christian Simard, Paul Szabo and Louise Thibault.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Philippe Le Goff, Analyst; Tara Gray, Analyst.

 

Witnesses: Defence Construction Canada: John McLure, Chair, Board of Directors; Ross Nicholls, President and Chief Executive Officer.

 
Pursuant to Standing Orders 110, 111, 108(3)(c)(ix) and 32(5), the Committee commenced consideration of the certificate of nomination of Ross Nicholls to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Defence Construction (1951) Limited referred to the Committee on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, and of the Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2004-2005 to 2008-2009, and of the Capital and Operating Budgets for 2004-2005 of Defence Construction (1951) Limited, referred to the Committee on September 21, 2005.
 

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

 

It was agreed, — That the Committee waive further consideration of the certificate of nomination of Ross Nicholls and convey its support for his nomination to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Defence Construction (1951).

 

At 4:38 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:41 p.m., the sitting resumed.

 
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.
 

The Chair presented the Fifth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

FIFTH REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON AGENDA AND PROCEDURE

The Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates has the honour to present its FIFTH REPORT.

The Sub-Committee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates met on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, and has agreed to recommend the following:

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 110 and 111 the Committee proceed to the examination of the following certificates of nomination:

  • Max C. Lewis, proposed candidate for Chairman of the Board of the Royal Canadian Mint

  • Ross Nicholls, proposed reappointment as CEO of Defence Construction Canada.

It was agreed, — That while Ross Nicholls is before the Committee that the Committee also study the Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2004-2005 to 2008-2009, and of the Capital and Operating Budgets for 2004-2005 of Defence Construction (1951) Limited, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R. S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4), referred to the Committee on September 21, 2005.

It was agreed, — That in both cases the Chair of the nominating committee also be invited to discuss the selection process.

It was agreed, — That the Committee invite the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of National Revenue and Minister Responsible for Canada Post Corporation, to discuss follow up to Mr. André Ouellet’s expenses as well as governance issues regarding both Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mint.

It was agreed, — That the Committee invite Ms. Moya Greene to appear before the Committee to discuss general operations at Canada Post as well as issues regarding regional sorting plants.

It was agreed, — That the Committee continue its study of the Service Canada initiative and invite the Honourable Belinda Stronach, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal to apprise the Committee of the Service Canada program.

It was agreed, — That the Committee also invite other witnesses such as academics and stakeholders to discuss Service Canada.

It was agreed, — That the Committee invite the Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board, to appear to discuss the proposed Shared Services initiative and to discuss the report on ministerial accountability.

It was agreed, — That the Committee invite representatives from the Office of the Governor General, the Privy Council Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs to discuss the overall expenditure plans of the Office of the Governor General including other related departmental spending and the upcoming travel program of the new Governor General

It was agreed, — That the Committee continue to monitor the progress of Bill C-11, and that following its passage in the Senate, that the Committee invite the Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board, and others, to participate in a follow-up session regarding plans for its implementation including a communications strategy for public servants and others affected by the legislation.

It was agreed, — That the Committee select several items from the Departmental Performance Reports and the Supplementary Estimates for study.

It was agreed, — That the Committee invite Maria Barrados, President of the Public Service Commission before the Committee to discuss funding for Officers of Parliament (as well as the Annual Report of the Public Service Commission referred to the Committee on October 6, 2005).

It was agreed, — That the Committee hold a round table discussion with other Chairs of Committees to discuss the Estimates process.

It was agreed, — That the Committee send a letter to the Privy Council Office to ascertain the progress of the settlement agreement given to George Radwanski, former Privacy Commissioner.

Respectfully submitted,

Leon Benoit

Chair

 

On motion of Joe Preston, it was agreed, — That, the last paragraph of the report be amended as follows: That the Committee send a letter to the Privy Council Office to ascertain the progress of the settlement agreement given to George Radwanski, former Privacy Commissioner and also to obtain the ultimate disposition of the settlement reached with the Honorable David Dingwall and that the Committee be kept apprised of the situation.

 

On motion of Paul Szabo, it was agreed, — That the Fifth report of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, as amended, be adopted.

 

At 4:58 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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