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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 1
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 3:31 p.m. to 4:21 p.m.

House of Commons
• Michel Marcotte, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Tonina Simeone, Analyst
• Mayra Perez-Leclerc, Analyst
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 Rémi Massé, it was agreed, — That Andy Fillmore be elected Chair of the Committee.

At 3:33p.m., Andy Fillmore took the Chair.

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

On motion of Jim Eglinski, it was agreed, — That David Yurdiga be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee.

On motion of Gary Anandasangaree, it was agreed, — That Charlie Angus be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.

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

On motion of Gary Anandasangaree, 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 Rémi Massé, it was agreed, — That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of five (5) members, including the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs, and two members of the government; that quorum consist of three (3) members; that each member be allowed to have a staffer present; and that, in addition, each party be allowed to have a representative present.

On motion of Rémi Massé, 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.

On motion of Mike Bossio, 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 Don Rusnak, 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.

On motion of Michael V. McLeod, 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.

On motion of Gary Anandasangaree, it was agreed, — That, unless otherwise ordered, each committee member be allowed to be accompanied by one staff person at an in camera meeting.

On motion of Don Rusnak, 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 Michael V. McLeod, it was agreed, — That 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.

Motion

Mike Bossio moved, — That the witnesses from an organization be given up to ten (10) minutes at the discretion of the Chair to make their opening statement; that, during the questioning of witnesses, six (6) minutes be accorded in the first round to each party in the following order: Conservative, Liberal, New Democratic Party, Liberal; that, for the second round of questions, the time be allocated as follows: Liberal for six (6) minutes, Conservative for six (6) minutes, Liberal for six (6) minutes, Conservative for five (5) minutes and New Democratic Party for three (3) minutes.

Amendment

Charlie Angus moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words, after "opening statement", with "that, during the questioning of witnesses, seven (7) minutes be accorded in the first round to each party in the following order: Liberal, Conservative, New Democratic Party and Liberal; that, for the second round of questions, the time be allocated as follows: Conservative for five (5) minutes, Liberal for five (5) minutes, Conservative for five (5) minutes, Liberal for five (5) minutes and New Democratic Party for three (3) minutes.".

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Charlie Angus and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the witnesses from an organization be given up to ten (10) minutes at the discretion of the Chair to make their opening statement; that, during the questioning of witnesses, seven (7) minutes be accorded in the first round to each party in the following order: Liberal, Conservative, New Democratic Party and Liberal; that, for the second round of questions, the time be allocated as follows: Conservative for five (5) minutes, Liberal for five (5) minutes, Conservative for five (5) minutes, Liberal for five (5) minutes and New Democratic Party for three (3) minutes.

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

On motion of Don Rusnak, it was agreed, — That the audio of all committee meetings be broadcast on the web, and that every effort be made to broadcast the video.

On motion of Rémi Massé, it was agreed, — That the two government members of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be Don Rusnak and Gary Anandasangaree.

At 4:21 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michelle Legault
Clerk of the Committee