It was agreed, — That the Second Report of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows, be adopted:
In accordance with its mandate pursuant to Order made November 20, 2007, your Subcommittee has considered the question of the business of the Committee.
Your Subcommittee recommends that the unedited transcripts of Committee meetings (“Blues”) be distributed on request to interested members of the bureaucracy, media and public, provided that a clear caveat on their appropriate use accompanies them.
Your Subcommittee recommends that the televising of meetings, other than those involving the appearance of a minister, be decided on a case-by-case basis.
As to the future business of the Committee, pursuant to the motion adopted November 22, 2007, the Subcommittee recommends that the Committee undertake the following work when the House returns in the New Year, with priority given to each study as suggested by its order below:
The Committee should devote its first meeting in the New Year to the consideration of Bill C-17;
Should the House refer a Bill to the Committee to address the issue of the loss of Canadian citizenship, the Committee should immediately take it up and continue to consider it until the Committee can report the Bill to the House;
The Committee should take into consideration in this session the evidence and documentation received by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration during the First Session of the 39th Parliament in relation to its study of refugee issues. To the end of completing the study of issues surrounding Iraqi refugees, the Committee should travel to hear witnesses in major centres across Canada as soon as possible after reporting the Bills above to the House;
At the same time as it travels to hear witnesses on Iraqi refugees, the Committee should hear witnesses in relation to its study of undocumented workers and temporary foreign workers;
Also, at the same time as it travels to hear witnesses on Iraqi refugees, the Committee should hear witnesses in relation to its study of immigration consultants; and
The Committee should request from the department a briefing on the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States of America.
Your Subcommittee recommends that, when the Committee travels, it do so between Mondays and Thursdays, to preserve Friday and weekends for constituency business.