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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 137
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 10:03 a.m. to 12:41 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Anthony Housefather, Chair (Liberal)

• Luc Berthold (Conservative)
• Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Conservative)
• Charlie Angus (NDP)
• Elizabeth May (Green Party)
• Louis Plamondon (Bloc Québécois)
• Erin Weir (Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)
House of Commons
• Philippe Dufresne, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
• Andrew Lauzon, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
As an individual
• Gerald Butts
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Committee resumed its study of remediation agreements, the Shawcross Doctrine and the discussions between the Office of the Attorney General and government colleagues.

Motion

Michael Cooper moved, — That the evidence to be given by Gerald Butts be taken under oath or by solemn affirmation.

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

YEAS: Michael Barrett, Michael Cooper, Lisa Raitt, Murray Rankin — 4;

NAYS: Randy Boissonnault, Ali Ehsassi, Colin Fraser, Iqra Khalid, Ron McKinnon — 5.

Gerald Butts made a statement and answered questions.

Motion

Lisa Raitt moved, — That, with regard to the study on remediation agreements, the Shawcross Doctrine and the discussions between the Office of the Attorney General and government colleagues, the Committee require the production of all communications, text messages, emails and hand written notes between Gerald Butts, the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Mathieu Bouchard, Elder Marques, Katie Telford, the Hon. David Lametti, Jessica Prince, Ben Chin, the Hon. Bill Morneau and the Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, whether these communications were carried out using government or non-government media or devices.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Michael Barrett, Michael Cooper, Lisa Raitt, Murray Rankin — 4;

NAYS: Randy Boissonnault, Ali Ehsassi, Colin Fraser, Iqra Khalid, Ron McKinnon — 5.

Questioning of the witness resumed.

At 12:28 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:30 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Motion

Murray Rankin moved, — That the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould be invited to appear again at her earliest convenience with regard to the study on remediation agreements, the Shawcross Doctrine and the discussions between the Office of the Attorney General and government colleagues.

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

YEAS: Michael Barrett, Michael Cooper, Lisa Raitt, Murray Rankin — 4;

NAYS: Randy Boissonnault, Ali Ehsassi, Colin Fraser, Iqra Khalid, Ron McKinnon — 5.

At 12:41 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee