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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 40
 
Thursday, May 15, 2014
 

The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs met in a televised session at 11:00 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Joe Preston, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: David Christopherson, Kevin Lamoureux, Tom Lukiwski, Ted Opitz, Joe Preston, Scott Reid and Blake Richards.

 

Acting Members present: Françoise Boivin for Alexandrine Latendresse, Sean Casey for Kevin Lamoureux, Randy Hoback for Scott Reid, Peter Julian for Craig Scott, Hon. Dominic LeBlanc for Kevin Lamoureux and Stephen Woodworth for Brad Butt.

 

Associate Members present: Kelly Block, Ryan Leef and Mark Warawa.

 

In attendance: House of Commons: Rémi Bourgault, Procedural Clerk. Library of Parliament: Andre Barnes, Analyst; Erin Virgint, Research Assistant.

 

Witnesses: Hon. Thomas J. Mulcair, P.C., M.P., Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the New Democratic Party. House of Commons: Gisèle Dupuis, Director of Operations, NDP Research Bureau; Raoul Gebert, Chief of Staff, Leader of the Opposition. New Democratic Party: James R. K. Duggan, Chair, NDP Legal Affairs Committee.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Committee commenced its study of use of House of Commons resources by the Official Opposition.
 

Thomas J. Mulcair made a statement and answered questions.

 

Tom Lukiwski gave notice of the following motion:

That, in light of the discrepancies between the evidence of the Leader of the Official Opposition and the documents produced in response to the Committee’s order of Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the Committee continue its study, pursuant to its Order of Reference of Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the matter of accusations of the Official Opposition’s improper use of House of Commons resources for partisan purposes;

That, in view of the evidence adduced to date, the Committee expand its study, if further evidence warrants, to topics incidental to matters relating to the election of Members to the House of Commons, pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(a)(vi);

That the Committee accept the request of the Board of Internal Economy of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, to provide it and the Speaker with a report, pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(a)(i), in addition to any report the Committee may provide to the House in relation to this study;

That the Committee invite additional witnesses, including, but not limited to, the Member for Saint Maurice-Champlain and the Clerk of the House of Commons, to appear in relation to this study; and

That the Clerk of the Committee advise the Leader of the Official Opposition that the Committee is prepared to recall him to appear as a witness, if necessary, following further evidence adduced during this study, provided that it shall be deemed to be a continuation of his appearance on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

 

At 1:01 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Marie-France Renaud
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2014/05/15 3:46 p.m.