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Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration



Thursday, November 22, 2007

[Recorded by Electronic Apparatus]



    Order. We are now in public session.
    Could we have Ms. Faille give us the motion again, please?
    Mr. Chair, we've had some discussion and I think we will end up supporting the motion as it is, but reluctantly. I want it on the record that notwithstanding that I think it's unreasonable, given our agenda and the fact that we'll be doing it on December 13, we will support the motion.
    Are you ready for the vote?
    Do you want to read the motion?
    Madam Faille, would you read the motion again, please?


    The motion reads as follows:
    That official representatives of Citizenship and Immigration Canada appear before the committee on December 13, 2007 and submit, by December 11, 2007, a history of regularization programs, statistics and a detailed report on undocumented workers.


    Thank you, Madam Faille.
    (Motion agreed to)
    Was that in camera?
    That was public.
    We will now go in camera again.
    [Proceedings continue in camera]



    [Public proceedings resume]


    We're no longer in camera.
    Let's try to get this amendment done.
    Mr. Chair, I would ask that you take us back in camera or I'm going to challenge your ruling. I don't think you can, at the whim of one member, end our in camera proceedings. I don't think so, sir.
    I'll get direction from the clerk here.
    On a motion to sit in public or to sit in camera, the question is put without debate. It's put immediately and it's decided by a majority of the committee.
    Does that apply to going in camera or to public?
    It applies to both. Whether you're going in or out, it's done with the consent of the committee.
    You're saying this committee has to give consent to move in camera or to resume public proceedings.
    You've got to move us back in camera. Are we in camera right now or not?
    Is there consent to resume public proceedings?
    Some hon. members: No.
    The Chair: There's no consent.
    I'll withdraw the amendment at this point.
    Order, please.
    Do you wish to withdraw the amendment?
    I'll withdraw it and I'll place it as a notice of motion when we become public, which is totally in order.
    We will proceed in camera.
    [Proceedings continue in camera]