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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 1
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 3:43 p.m. to 4:37 p.m.

House of Commons
• Julie Geoffrion, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Allison Padova, Analyst
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 Vance Badawey, it was agreed, — That the Hon. Judy Sgro be elected Chair of the Committee.

At 3:45 p.m. the Hon. Judy Sgro took the Chair.

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

On motion of Kelly Block, it was agreed, — That Luc Berthold be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee.

On motion of Dianne L. Watts, it was agreed, — That Linda Duncan be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.

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

On motion of Sean Fraser, it was agreed, — That the Committee retain the services of one or more analysts from the Library of Parliament, as needed, to assist the Committee in its work, and that these services be requested at the discretion of the Chair.

Motion

Vance Badawey moved, — That the Sub-committee on Agenda and Procedure be composed of 5 members, including the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs, and two government members; that the quorum of the Sub-committee consist of at least three (3) members, one of whom shall be a member from the opposition; that each member of the sub-committee be permitted to have one assistant attend any meetings of the Sub-Committee on Agenda and Procedure; and that, in addition, each party be permitted to have one staff member from a House Officer attend any meetings.

Amendment

Linda Duncan moved, — That the motion be amended by substituting the words "one government member" for the words "two government members" and substituting the words "one from each opposition party" for the words "one of whom shall be a member from the opposition".

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Linda Duncan and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Berthold, Kelly Block, Linda Duncan, Dianne L. Watts — 4;

NAYS: Vance Badawey, Sean Fraser, Ken Hardie, Angelo Iacono, Gagan Sikand — 5.

The question: "That the Sub-committee on Agenda and Procedure be composed of 5 members, including the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs, and two government members; that quorum of the Sub-committee consist of at least three (3) members, one of whom shall be a member from the opposition; that each member of the sub-committee be permitted to have one assistant attend any meetings of the Sub-Committee on Agenda and Procedure; and that, in addition, each party be permitted to have one staff member from a House Officer attend any meetings" was put and was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 8; NAYS: 1.

On motion of Ken Hardie, it was agreed, — 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 four (4) members are present, including one member of the opposition and one member of the government; and, that, in the case of previously scheduled meetings taking place outside the Parliamentary Precinct, the Committee members in attendance only be required to wait for 15 minutes following the designated start of the meeting before they may proceed to hear witnesses and receive evidence, regardless of whether opposition or government members are present.

On motion of Gagan Sikand, it was agreed, — That only the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to distribute to the members of the Committee any documents, including motions, that all documents that are to be distributed amongst the committee members be in both official languages, and that the Clerk advise all witnesses appearing before the Committee of this requirement.

On motion of Sean Fraser, it was agreed, — That the Committee hereby authorize the Clerk of the Committee, in consultation with the Chair, to make the necessary arrangements to provide for working meals, as may be required, and that the cost of these meals be charged to the Committee budget.

On motion of Angelo Iacono, it was agreed, — That, if requested, reasonable travel, accommodation and living expenses be reimbursed to witnesses, not exceeding one (1) representative per organization; and that, in exceptional circumstances, payment for more representatives be made at the discretion of the Chair.

On motion of Ken Hardie, it was agreed, — That each Committee member in attendance be permitted to have one staff member attend any in camera meetings, and that, in addition, each party be permitted to have one staff member from a House Officer attend in camera meetings.

On motion of Linda Duncan, it was agreed, — That in camera meetings be transcribed, and that the transcription be kept with the Clerk of the Committee for later consultation by members of the Committee.

Motion

Dianne L. Watts moved, — That forty-eight (48) hours' notice be required for any substantive motion to be considered by the Committee; that the motion be filed and distributed to members by the Clerk in both official languages, and that completed motions received by 5 p.m. be distributed to members the same day .

On motion of Kelly Block, it was agreed, — That the words "that completed motions received by 5 p.m. be distributed to members the same day" be replaced by substituting the words, "that completed motions received by 6 p.m. be distributed to members the same day".

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

On motion of Vance Badawey, it was agreed, — That the witnesses from any one organization be allowed 10 minutes to make their opening statements; and that the rotation by time be as follows: Round one, Conservatives, six minutes; two, Liberals, six minutes; three, NDP, six minutes; four, Liberals, six minutes. Round two, Liberals, six minutes; two, Conservatives, six minutes; three, Liberals, six minutes; four, Conservatives, five minutes; five, NDP, three minutes.

Amendment

Kelly Block moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after "statements" and substituting with the words "that the first round of questioning be for seven minutes, and then every questioner after the first round be given five minutes".

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Kelly Block and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 5.

The question: "That the witnesses from any one organization be allowed 10 minutes to make their opening statements; and that the rotation by time be as follows: in Round 1, six minutes to the Conservatives in the first turn, six minutes to Liberals in the second turn, six minutes to the NDP in the third turn, and six minutes to the Liberals in the fourth turn; and, in Round 2, six minutes to the Liberals in the first turn, six minutes to the Conservatives in the second turn, six minutes to the Liberals in the third turn, five minutes to the Conservatives in the fourth turn, and three minutes to the NDP in the fifth turn." was put and was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 4.

By unanimous consent, on motion of Kelly Block, it was agreed, — That the Committee invite the Minister of Transport to appear in front of the Committee before Tuesday, March 15, 2016, for a two hour, televised session to discuss his mandate letter.

By unanimous consent, on motion of Dianne L. Watts, it was agreed, — That the Committee invite the Minister of Infrastructure to appear in front of the Committee before Tuesday, March 15, 2016, for a two-hour, televised session to discuss his mandate letter.

On motion of Linda Duncan, it was agreed, — That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure meet at 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

At 4:37 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Andrew Bartholomew Chaplin
Clerk of the Committee