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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 1
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 1:18 p.m.
Presiding
Ruby Sahota, Acting Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Erica Pereira, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Andre Barnes, Analyst
• Michaela Keenan-Pelletier, Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the clerk of the committee presided over the election of a Chair.

On motion of Mark Gerretsen, it was agreed, — That Ruby Sahota be elected Chair of the committee.

Ruby Sahota took the Chair.

Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the clerk of the committee presided over the election of vice-chairs.

On motion of John Brassard, it was agreed, — That Blake Richards be elected First Vice-Chair of the committee.

On motion of Ryan Turnbull, it was agreed, — That Alain Therrien be elected Second Vice-Chair of the committee.

Motion

Mark Gerretsen moved, — That the committee report the following recommendation to the House: That for the remainder of the 43rd Parliament, Standing Order 106(2) be amended by (i) replacing the word “two”, with the word “three”, (ii) replacing each occurrence of the words “, and the Second Vice-Chair shall be a member of an opposition party other than the official opposition party”, with the words “the Second Vice-Chair and the Third Vice-Chair shall consist of one member of the second opposition party and one member of the third opposition party”.

After debate, by unanimous consent, the motion was withdrawn.

Motion

Rachel Blaney moved, — That the committee report the following recommendation to the House: That for the remainder of the 43rd Parliament, that notwithstanding Standing Order 106(2), in addition to the Chair and First vice-chair, there be one vice-chair from the Bloc Québécois and one vice-chair from the New Democratic Party for all committees listed under Standing Order 104.

At 11:25 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:34 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Motion

Blake Richards moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: John Brassard, Eric Duncan, Blake Richards, Corey Tochor — 4;

NAYS: Omar Alghabra, Rachel Blaney, Kirsty Duncan, Mark Gerretsen, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Alain Therrien, Ryan Turnbull — 7.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion moved by Rachel Blaney, which read as follows:

That the committee report the following recommendation to the House: That for the remainder of the 43rd Parliament, that notwithstanding Standing Order 106(2), in addition to the Chair and First Vice-Chair, there be one vice-chair from the Bloc Québécois and one vice-chair from the New Democratic Party for all committees listed under Standing Order 104.

At 12:58 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 1:05 p.m., the sitting resumed.

On motion of Blake Richards, it was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

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.

It was agreed, — That the four whips be delegated the authority to act as the striking committee pursuant to Standing Orders 104, 113 and 114, and that they be authorized to present to the Chair, in a report signed by all for whips, or their representatives, their unanimous recommendations for presentation to the House, on behalf of the committee.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(1), the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business be composed of one (1) member from each recognized party and a Chair from the Government party; and that Ginette Petitpas-Taylor be appointed Chair of the Subcommittee.

By unanimous consent, the committee agreed to adopt the following routine motions:

That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of five (5) members; the Chair, one Member from each Party; and that the subcommittee work in the spirit of collaboration.

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 two members of the opposition and two members of the government, but when travelling outside the parliamentary precinct, that the meeting begin after 15 minutes, regardless of members present.

That witnesses be given 10 minutes for their opening statement; that, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated 6 minutes for the first questioner of each party as follows:

  • Conservative Party

  • Liberal Party

  • Bloc Québécois

  • New Democratic Party

For the second and subsequent rounds, the order and time for questioning be as follows:

  • Conservative Party, five (5) minutes

  • Liberal Party, five (5) minutes

  • Conservative Party, five (5) minutes

  • Liberal Party, five (5) minutes

  • Bloc Québécois, two and a half (2.5) minutes

  • New Democratic Party, two and a half (2.5) minutes

That the clerk of the committee be authorized to distribute documents to members of the committee only when the documents are available in both official languages and that witnesses be advised accordingly.

That the clerk of the committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide working meals for the committee and its subcommittees.

That, if requested, reasonable travel, accommodation and living expenses be reimbursed to witnesses not exceeding two (2) representatives per organization; provided that, in exceptional circumstances, payment for more representatives be made at the discretion of the Chair.

That, unless otherwise ordered, each committee member be allowed to have one staff member at an in camera meeting and that one additional person from each House officer’s office be allowed to be present.

That one copy of the transcript of each in camera meeting be kept in the committee Clerk’s office for consultation by members of the committee or by their staff.

That a forty-eight (48) hours notice, interpreted as two (2) nights, shall be required for any substantive motion to be considered by the committee, unless the substantive motion relates directly to business then under consideration, provided that (1) the notice be filed with the clerk of the committee no later than 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday; that (2) the motion be distributed to Members in both official languages by the Clerk on the same day the said notice was transmitted if it was received no later than the deadline hour; and that (3) notices received after the deadline hour or on non-business days be deemed to have been received during the next business day and that when the committee is travelling on official business, no substantive motions may be moved.

At 1:18 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Justin Vaive
Clerk of the Committee