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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 50
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 3:07 p.m. to 6:08 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Wayne Easter, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Alexandre Roger, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Brett Capwell, Analyst
• Michaël Lambert-Racine, Analyst
• Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
• Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Department of Employment and Social Development
• Benoît Robidoux, Associate Deputy Minister
As an individual
• Marc Tassé, Senior Advisor, Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption, University of Ottawa
Pursuant to the order of reference of Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and the motion adopted by the committee on July 7, 2020, the committee resumed its study of government spending, WE Charity and the Canada Student Service Grant.

The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion made a statement and, with Benoît Robidoux, answered questions.

At 4:06 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:08 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion made a statement and answered questions.

At 4:52 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:58 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Questioning of the witness resumed.

At 5:13 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:15 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Marc Tassé made a statement and answered questions.

Motion

Pierre Poilievre moved, — Whereas, the Prime Minister shutdown Parliament in March;

Whereas, a modified and limited Parliamentary committee of the whole has only met five times in the last two months, most recently today (August 12, 2020), from which the Prime Minister was absent to take a “Personal Day”;

Whereas his absence meant he could not answer questions about his $500 million grant to a group that had paid his family more than $500,000 dollars in fees and expenses;

Whereas, the Prime Minister has taken off 20 days in 6 weeks—meaning nearly half the calendar days have been days off;

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance calls on the government to suspend the Prime Minister’s pay until he returns to work and takes questions in Parliament.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The Chair ruled the proposed motion inadmissible as it went beyond the mandate of the committee as outlined in Standing Order 108(2).

At 6:08 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



David Gagnon
Clerk of the Committee