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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 66
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:03 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Larry Bagnell, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Andre Barnes, Analyst
• Hon. Bardish Chagger, P.C., M.P., Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(a)(iii), the Committee resumed its review of the Standing Orders, procedure and practice in the House and its committees.

The Hon. Bardish Chagger made a statement and answered questions.

Scott Reid gave notice of the following motion:

That, in relation to its consideration of the proposed appointment of Charles Robert to be Clerk of the House of Commons, the Committee invite former Clerks of the House of Commons, Robert Marleau and Audrey O’Brien, to appear in order to gain a better understanding of the role, duties and responsibilities of the Clerk of the House of Commons.

Questioning of the witness resumed.

At 12:00 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:06 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Senate
• Charles Robert, Interim Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments and Chief Legislative Services Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 111.1(1), the Committee commenced consideration of the proposed appointment of Charles Robert to the position of Clerk of the House of Commons, referred to the Committee on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Charles Robert made a statement and answered questions.

Motion

Scott Reid moved, — That, in relation to its consideration of the proposed appointment of Charles Robert to be Clerk of the House of Commons, the Committee invite former Clerks of the House of Commons, Robert Marleau and Audrey O’Brien, to appear in order to gain a better understanding of the role, duties and responsibilities of the Clerk of the House of Commons.

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

YEAS: Matthew Dubé, Scott Reid, Blake Richards, Jamie Schmale — 4;

NAYS: Arnold Chan, David de Burgh Graham, Ruby Sahota, Scott Simms, Filomena Tassi — 5.

Questioning of the witness resumed.

At 12:45 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:46 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

Elections Canada
• Trevor Knight, Senior Counsel
• Anne Lawson, General Counsel and Senior Director, Legal Services
Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), the Committee resumed consideration of the report of the Chief Electoral Officer entitled "An Electoral Framework for the 21st Century: Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Following the 42nd General Election", referred to the Committee on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.

It was agreed, — That the draft report be adopted.

It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: "A Third Interim Report in Response to the Chief Electoral Officer’s Recommendations for Legislative Reforms Following the 42nd General Election".

It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and Analyst be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.

It was agreed, — That dissenting and/or supplementary opinions be in 12 point Arial font with single line spacing and be submitted electronically, in both official languages, to the Clerk of the Committee, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017, or at the earliest opportunity.

ORDERED, — That the Chair present the report to the House.

At 1:03 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Andrew Lauzon
Clerk of the Committee