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Honourable members of the committee, I see a quorum.
I must inform members that the clerk of the committee can only receive motions for the election of the chair. The clerk cannot receive other types of motions, cannot entertain points of order, nor participate in debate.
We can now proceed to the election of the chair. Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the chair must be a member of the governing party. I'm ready to receive motions to that effect.
It has been moved by Michael Cooper that Ted Falk be elected as first vice-chair of the committee. Are there any further motions? Is it the pleasure of the committee to adopt the motion?
(Motion agreed to)
The Clerk: I declare the motion carried and Ted Falk duly elected first vice-chair of the committee.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
The Clerk: Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the second vice-chair must be a member of an opposition party other than the official opposition. I'm now prepared to received motions for the second vice-chair.
First of all, I'd like to thank the members of the committee for having chosen me as chair. I look forward to working with each and every one of you and making sure that all of our voices are heard and included on this committee.
That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be composed of five (5) members, including the Chair, the two (2) Vice-Chairs and two (2) Government members and that the quorum of the Subcommittee shall consist of at least three (3) members, including one member of the opposition.
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.
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.
That, unless otherwise ordered, each committee member in attendance be allowed to have one (1) staff member attend in camera meetings; in addition, each party be allowed to have one (1) staff member from its Whip or House Leader’s Office attend in camera meetings.
That forty-eight hours ( 48) 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; and that completed motions received by the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 p.m. be distributed to the members the same day.
Mr. Chair, I move, regarding the questioning of witnesses:
That witnesses be given ten (10) minutes to make their opening statement; and that during the questioning of witnesses the time allocated to each questioner be as follows: for the first round of questioning, six (6) minutes to a representative of each party in the following order: Conservative, Liberal, New Democratic Party, Liberal; for the second round, six (6) minutes be allocated in the following order: Liberal, Conservative, Liberal; followed by five (5) minutes for the Conservatives and three (3) minutes for the New Democratic Party.
Are there any questions or comments on that motion?
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: Do I have any further motions to entertain?
I would suggest to the members that the subcommittee be struck to set the agenda for this committee and that it include Mr. Falk, Mr. Rankin, the chair, and two members of the government side. The subcommittee would meet at this time on Thursday to work out the agenda of the committee going forward. We will then be in touch with all the members of the committee, and certainly from each side we will solicit the views of the members of the committee as to the agenda. I'll personally try to meet with and be in touch with every member of the committee to hear their thoughts and suggestions.
If it's okay with all those members we will meet at this time on Thursday morning, and then presumably the committee will meet again next Tuesday. Is that okay with everyone?
Thank you very much. I don't believe there's anything further on our agenda.