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Meeting No. 1
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development met at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 306, La Promenade Building, for the purpose of electing a Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 106(1).


Members of the Committee present: Mike Allen, Dean Allison, David Anderson, Lois Brown, Paul Dewar, Marc Garneau, Peter Goldring, Hélène Laverdière, Laurin Liu, Romeo Saganash and Gary Ralph Schellenberger.


Acting Members present: Hon. Peter Kent for Nina Grewal.


In attendance: House of Commons: Paul Cardegna, Procedural Clerk. Library of Parliament: Allison Goody, Analyst; James Lee, Analyst.

Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of a Chair.

On motion of Lois Brown, it was agreed, — That Dean Allison be elected Chair of the Committee.

By unanimous consent, pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the Clerk of the Committee proceeded to the election of Vice-Chairs.

On motion of Peter Goldring, it was agreed, — That Paul Dewar be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee.


On motion of David Anderson, it was agreed, — That Marc Garneau be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.


At 3:34 p.m., Dean Allison took the Chair.

By unanimous consent, the Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — 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.


It was agreed, — That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of five (5) members; the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs and two Parliamentary Secretaries.


It was agreed, — 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 and one member of the government, but when travelling outside the parliamentary precinct, that the meeting begin after fifteen (15) minutes, regardless of members present.


It was agreed, — That witnesses be given ten (10) minutes for their opening statement; that, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated seven (7) minutes for the first questioner of each party as follows: Round 1: New Democratic Party, Conservative Party, Liberal Party; and that thereafter five (5) minutes be allocated to each subsequent questioner as follows: Round 2: Conservative Party, New Democratic Party, Conservative Party; Round 3: Conservative Party, New Democratic Party, Conservative Party; Round 4: New Democratic Party, Conservative Party.


It was agreed, — That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to distribute documents to members of the Committee only when the documents are available in both official languages and that witnesses be advised accordingly.


It was agreed, — That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide working meals for the Committee and its Subcommittees.


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


It was agreed, — That, unless otherwise ordered, each Committee member be allowed to have one staff at an in camera meeting and that one additional person from each party be allowed to be present.


It was agreed, — 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 or by their staff.


It was agreed, — That forty-eight (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;

That, for motions requiring forty-eight (48) hours’ notice, the Chair be authorized to defer consideration until fifteen (15) minutes prior to the adjournment time for the meeting as indicated in the notice of meeting and that these motions be received no later than 4:00 p.m..


It was agreed, — That the Committee be authorized to purchase gifts to be presented to foreign hosts and visiting delegations.


It was agreed, — That the Committee be authorized to purchase documents for the use of the Committee.


It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Orders 108(1) and 108(2), a Subcommittee on International Human Rights to be chaired by a member elected by the Subcommittee, be established to inquire into matters relating to the promotion of respect for international human rights, as may be referred to it by the Committee;

That the Subcommittee be composed of seven (7) members or associate members of which four (4) shall be government members, two (2) shall be New Democratic Party members, and one (1) from the Liberal Party, to be named following the usual consultations with the Whips;

That the Subcommittee be empowered to send for persons, papers and records, to receive evidence, to sit during a time when the Committee is not sitting in Ottawa, to sit when the Committee is sitting outside the Parliamentary Precinct and to sit during periods when the House stands adjourned; and

That the Chair of the Subcommittee meet with the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Committee at their mutual discretion.


David Anderson moved, — That, in relation to Orders of Reference from the House respecting Bills,

(a) the Clerk of the Committee shall, upon the Committee receiving such an Order of Reference, write to each Member who is not a member of a caucus represented on the Committee to invite those Members to file, in a letter to the Chair of the Committee, in both official languages, any amendments to the Bill, which is the subject of the said Order, which they would suggest that the Committee consider;

(b) suggested amendments filed, pursuant to paragraph (a), at least 48 hours prior to the start of clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill to which the amendments relate shall be deemed to be proposed during the said consideration, provided that the Committee may, by motion, vary this deadline in respect of a given Bill; and

(c) during the clause-by-clause consideration of a Bill, the Chair shall allow a Member who filed suggested amendments, pursuant to paragraph (a), an opportunity to make brief representations in support of them.


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


At 3:56 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2013/11/06 9:55 a.m.