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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 140
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 2:44 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Bob Zimmer, Chair (Conservative)

• Erin Weir (Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)
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• Alexandra Savoie, Analyst
• Maxime-Olivier Thibodeau, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Motion

Peter Kent moved, — That, given the public statement of March 14 by Jody Wilson-Raybould that “this matter is serious, and some questions remain unanswered”, and given the public statement of March 21 by Jane Philpott that “there is much more to this story that needs to be told”, the Committee:

A. Immediately begin a study of the ongoing corruption scandal involving the Prime Minister;

B. Instruct the Chair to write to the Prime Minister requesting that he waive all constraints that may prevent individuals invited to appear before the Committee from speaking freely;

C. Invite Jody Wilson-Raybould to appear as a witness in this study no later than April 5;

D. Invite Jane Philpott to appear as a witness in this study no later than April 5; and

E. That upon conclusion of this study, a report of the findings of this Committee be tabled in Parliament.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Tracey Ramsey moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “A. Immediately begin a study of the ongoing corruption scandal involving the Prime Minister;” with the words “A, Immediately begin a study, pursuant to Standing Order 108 (3)(h)(vi), to review any federal legislation, regulation or Standing Order which impacts the ethical standards of public office holders as it relates to the question of exerting inappropriate pressure on the Attorney General of Canada, for political or other reasons, with respect to decisions regarding whether to proceed with a criminal prosecution, and that a vote on this motion be conducted while the Committee is open to the public; ”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Tracey Ramsey and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Jacques Gourde, Peter Kent, Tracey Ramsey — 3;

NAYS: Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Mona Fortier, David de Burgh Graham, Stéphane Lauzon, Michel Picard, Raj Saini — 6.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Jacques Gourde, Peter Kent, Tracey Ramsey — 3;

NAYS: Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Mona Fortier, David de Burgh Graham, Stéphane Lauzon, Michel Picard, Raj Saini — 6.

At 2:44 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michael MacPherson
Clerk of the Committee