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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 1
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 11:05 to 11:50

Library of Parliament
• Tanya Dupuis, Analyst
• Holly Porteous, Analyst
 
House of Commons
• David Chandonnet, Procedural Clerk
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 Marco Mendicino, it was agreed, — That Robert Oliphant be elected Chair of the Committee.

At 11:06 a.m., Robert Oliphant took the Chair.

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

On motion of Erin O'Toole, it was agreed, — That Larry Miller be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee in absentia.

On motion of Matthew Dubé, it was agreed, — That Matthew Dubé be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.

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

On motion of Erin O'Toole, 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 Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, it was agreed, — That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs and two Government Members.

On motion of Pam Damoff, it was agreed, — That the Chair be authorized to hold meetings and to receive and publish evidence when a quorum is not present, provided that at least four (4) members are present, including one member from the opposition and one member of the government.

On motion of Sven Spengemann, 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; and that the witnesses be advised accordingly.

On motion of Marco Mendicino, 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 Erin O'Toole, 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 Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, it was agreed, — That each Committee member in attendance be permitted to have one staff member present at any in camera meeting and, in addition, each party shall be permitted to have one staff member from a House officer attend in camera meetings.

On motion of Pam Damoff, it was agreed, — That in camera meetings be transcribed and that the transcript be kept by the Clerk of the Committee for later consultation by members of the Committee.

On motion of Nicola Di Iorio, it was agreed, — That forty-eight (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; that the notice of motion be filed with the Clerk of the Committee and distributed to members in both official languages; and that motions received by 4:00 p.m. be distributed to members that same day.

Motion

Marco Mendicino moved, — That at the discretion of the Chair, the witnesses from any one organization be allowed 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, NDP, Liberal; for the second round, six (6) minutes be allocated in the following order: Liberal, Conservative, Liberal; followed by Conservative for five (5) minutes and NDP for three (3) minutes.

Amendment

Erin O'Toole moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words after "first round of questioning," with the words "seven (7) minutes to a representative of each party in the following order: Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Liberal; for the second round, five (5) minutes be allocated in the following order: Conservative, Liberal, Conservative, Liberal; followed by NDP, three (3) minutes." .

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

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

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That at the discretion of the Chair, the witnesses from any one organization be allowed 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, seven (7) minutes to a representative of each party in the following order: Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Liberal; for the second round, five (5) minutes be allocated in the following order: Conservative, Liberal, Conservative, Liberal; followed by NDP, three (3) minutes.

Motion

Pam Damoff moved, — That the Committee meet on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 to discuss future business.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 3.

At 11:50 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Jean-Marie David
Clerk of the Committee