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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 1
 
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
 

The Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development met at 3:33 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, for the purpose of electing a Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 106(1).

 

Members of the Committee present: Harold Albrecht, Rod Bruinooge, Jean Crowder, Barry Devolin, Tina Keeper, Marc Lemay, Yvon Lévesque, Hon. Anita Neville, Todd Norman Russell, Brian Storseth and Chris Warkentin.

 

Other Members present: Hon. Andy Scott.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Mary Hurley, Analyst; Tonina Simeone, Analyst. House of Commons: James Latimer, Committee Clerk.

 
The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of a Chair.
 

On motion of Rod Bruinooge, it was agreed, — That Barry Devolin be elected Chair of the Committee.

 

The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of the Vice-Chairs.

 

On motion of Anita Neville, it was agreed, — That Nancy Karetak-Lindell be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee.

 

On motion of Marc Lemay, it was agreed, — That Jean Crowder be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.

 

Barry Devolin took the Chair.

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

Rod Bruinooge moved, — That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be composed of the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs, a member of the other opposition party, and a government member other than the Parliamentary Secretary.

 

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 7.

 

Jean Crowder moved, — That 48 hours’ notice be required for any substantive motion to be considered by the Committee, unless the substantive motion relates directly to business then under consideration; and that the notice of motion be filed with the Clerk of the Committee and distributed to members in both official languages.

 

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

 

Rod Bruinooge moved, — That, unless otherwise ordered, each Committee member be allowed to be accompanied by one staff person at an in camera meeting, and additionally each party would be allowed one staff person in that meeting.

 

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 4.

 

On motion of Harold Albrecht, it was agreed, — To adopt the remaining routine motions agreed to by this Committee in the 1st Session of the 39th Parliament, as follows.

 

That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs and a member of the other opposition party.

That the Committee retain, as needed and at the discretion of the Chair, the services of one or more analysts from the Library of Parliament to assist it in its work.

That the Chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence and to have that evidence printed when a quorum is not present, provided that at least three (3) members are present, including one member of the opposition.

That only the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to distribute documents to members of the Committee and only when such documents exist in both official languages.

That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide working meals for the Committee and its subcommittees.

That, if requested, reasonable travel, accommodation and living expenses be reimbursed to witnesses, not exceeding two (2) representatives per organization; and that, in exceptional circumstances, payment for more representatives be made at the discretion of the Chair.

That one copy of the transcript of each in camera meeting be kept in the Committee Clerk’s office for consultation by members of the Committee.

That an organization be given up to ten (10) minutes at the discretion of the Chair for its opening statement; and that, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated seven (7) minutes for the questioner of the official opposition, seven (7) minutes for the questioner of the other parties, starting with the Bloc Québécois, the New Democratic Party and the Conservative Party, and that thereafter five (5) minutes be allocated to each subsequent questioner until each member has the chance to question the witness (alternating between the Opposition Parties and the Government), and leaving at the discretion of the Chair the possibility to reduce the time limits of the second round of questions if time is running out.

 

Rod Bruinooge gave notice of the following motion —That the Committee proceed to clause-by-clause on Bill C-21.

 

On motion of Jean Crowder, it was agreed, — That there be no meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2007, due to an event related to the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.

 

On motion of Marc Lemay, it was agreed, — That the next meeting take place on Tuesday, November 20, 2007.

 

It was agreed, — That planning of future business and discussion of motions placed on Notice be on the agenda for the meeting of Tuesday, November 20, 2007.

 

It was agreed, — That the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs be invited to appear on the Supplementary Estimates (A) at a meeting in November of his earliest convenience.

 

At 4:09 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Bonnie Charron
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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