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I call this 11th meeting of the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business of the Standing Committee of Procedure and House Affairs to order.
Welcome, Madam Brosseau.
In the agenda, we have 15 items that have been brought forward. I thought the way we would proceed is that I would turn it over to the analyst, David, and he will make comments, and then we'll see where we go from there.
Bill C-352 involves creating regulations on wreck removal and developing this national strategy. Bill C-64 is much more comprehensive. It also involves the creation of regulations on wreck removal, and it deals with the issue of wreck removal generally.
The rule in this committee is that bills and motions must not concern questions currently on the Order Paper and Notice Paper as items of government business. The question in both bills is dilapidated boats, abandoned vessels, and wrecks.
The Chair: We'll say that save and except for Bill C-352, the subcommittee will present a reporting list of the remaining items, which it has determined should not be designated non-votable, and recommend that they be considered by the House, exempting Bill C-352.
Absolutely, she is aware of the issue. As soon as this was announced, she was hoping to get as much information as possible, because this is an issue she's worked on for a long time, with Anne Minh-Thu Quach.
I'm just wondering about a technical question, because I'm not usually on this committee. If there's a private member's bill that's tabled before government legislation, that doesn't make a difference in why it's an issue, right?
As far as I understand the bill that was tabled by Sheila, it's a new bill, and the bill that the government has tabled is changing a bunch of bills. Is that...?
They both make amendments to the Canada Shipping Act.
I believe the government bill is making a new bill, but it's also amending the Canada Shipping Act. My understanding is that the core of the issue, regardless of which one comes first, is whether they address the same question and whether they approach it in a similar way. The issue for both is the abandonment of boats.