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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 1
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 8:45 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Library of Parliament
• Chloé Forget, Analyst
• Maxime-Olivier Thibodeau, Analyst
 
House of Commons
• Leif-Erik Aune, Procedural Clerk
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(1), the Committee met for the purpose of electing a Chair. Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of a Chair.

On motion of Joël Lightbound, it was agreed, — That Blaine Calkins be elected Chair of the Committee .

At 8:51 a.m., Blaine Calkins took the Chair.

Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the Clerk of the Committee proceeded to the election of Vice-Chairs.

On motion of Matt Jeneroux, it was agreed, — That Joël Lightbound be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee.

On motion of Raj Saini, it was agreed, — That Daniel Blaikie be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.

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

On motion of Matt Jeneroux, 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.

On motion of Joël Lightbound, it was agreed, — That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs and a Government Member.

On motion of Bob Bratina, it was agreed, — 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.

On motion of Wayne Long, it was agreed, — That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide working meals for the Committee.

On motion of Daniel Blaikie, it was agreed, — 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, including, if requested, reasonable childcare expenses be reimbursed.

On motion of Matt Jeneroux, it was agreed, — That, unless otherwise ordered, each Committee member be allowed to be accompanied by one (1) staff person at an in camera meetings and that, in addition, each party shall be permitted to have one (1) party staff member in attendance.

On motion of Daniel Blaikie, 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.

On motion of Daniel Blaikie, it was agreed, — That notice be required for any substantive motion to be considered by the Committee, unless the substantive motion related directly to business then under consideration; that the notice of motion be filed with the Clerk of the Committee and distributed to members in both official languages at least 48 hours prior to the start time of the meeting where the motion may be moved.

On motion of Joël Lightbound, 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 4 members are present, including one member of the opposition and one member of the government.

Motion

Matt Jeneroux moved, — That during the questioning of witnesses the time allocated to each questioner be as follows: for the first round of questioning, seven (7) minutes to a representative of each party in the following order: Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Liberal; for the second round, five (5) minutes be allocated in the following order: Conservative, Liberal, Conservative, Liberal; followed by NDP, three (3) minutes.

Amendment

Daniel Blaikie moved, — That the motion be amended by switching the two last parties in the second round.

The question was put on the amendment of Daniel Blaikie and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 8.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

On motion of Pat Kelly, it was agreed, — That the witnesses from any one organization shall be allowed 10 minutes to make their opening statement.

At 9:20 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michel Marcotte
Clerk of the Committee