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Let me start by saying that pursuant to Standing Order 81(5) the committee will consider the supplementary estimates 2016-17, Votes 1b, 5b, and 10b under Department of Fisheries and Oceans, referred to the committee on Thursday, November 3, 2016.
As we normally do in this particular case when we are talking about estimates....
Mr. Chair, I move that we postpone this meeting to next week, given that we do not have a full group here. In fairness to everyone, and given that our time schedule is going to be pushed because of the goings on in the House, I think it's only fair.
Mr. Doherty, I'd love to help you out, but under reduced quorum we are unable to make the motions. We can only hear from witnesses at this time. That is a ruling we undertook earlier, but right now we have to move on with just that, because I have to move for—
It is a meeting, but there's a reduced quorum. We can do that in the presence of witnesses. Under reduced quorum, we can hear from witnesses.
I realize that our chief witness, the minister, is not here, but from what I understand, I believe somebody from the department is willing to give testimony as well, so we're going to proceed with that. That's the reason I proceeded.
Before I get to you, Ms. Blewett, I'm going to have to—
It was asked of us that two witnesses will speak, the minister and somebody from the department. I was proposing that maybe we could hear from the department to start with, so we can get that out of the way before we come back.