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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 21
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 11:01 a.m. to 12:44 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Marilyn Gladu, Chair (Conservative)

House of Commons
• Miriam Burke, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Clare Annett, Analyst
• Dominique Montpetit, Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(4), the committee commenced consideration of the request by four members of the committee to discuss the study of sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces.

Motion

Lindsay Mathyssen moved, — That the motions adopted by the committee on Thursday, March 11, 2021 concerning a study of sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces be rescinded and replaced with the following:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study of sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces, including a review of Operation HONOUR; that the evidence and documentation received by the committee during the First Session of the 42nd Parliament in the report titled "A Force for Change Creating a Culture of Equality for Women in the Canadian Armed Forces" be taken into consideration by the committee in the current session; that the committee invite the following witnesses before the committee with a one-hour panel dedicated to the Minister of National Defence; a one-hour panel dedicated to the Acting Chief of the Defence Staff and Lieutenant-General Frances J. Allen, Military Representative of Canada to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium; a one-hour panel dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman and the Commander of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service; a one-hour panel dedicated to retired Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps; and invite the following witnesses, It’s Just 700; Dawn McIlmoyle-Knott; retired Master Corporal Stéphanie Raymond; LCol Eleanor Taylor; that the committee dedicate four consecutive meetings to this study; and that the study begins the next scheduled sitting of the committee on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Debate arose thereon.

At 11:12 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:13 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Amendment

Anita Vandenbeld moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing all the words after “following witnesses” with the following:

“before the committee with a one-hour panel dedicated to the Minister of Defence; a one-hour panel dedicated to the Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, LGen Wayne D. Eyre, and LGen Frances J. Allen, Military Representative of Canada to NATO; a one-hour panel dedicated to the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, Simon Trudeau; a one-hour panel dedicated to retired Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps; and invite a representative from It's Just 700; and that the committee dedicate a minimum of four consecutive meetings to this study; and that the study begins the next scheduled sitting of the committee on Tuesday, March 23, 2021”.

Debate arose thereon.

Subamendment

Sonia Sidhu moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “on Tuesday, March 23, 2021” the following: “; and that each party may submit further witnesses.”.

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment and the result of the vote was announced:

YEAS: Anju Dhillon, Brenda Shanahan, Sonia Sidhu, Anita Vandenbeld, Salma Zahid — 5;

NAYS: Andréanne Larouche, Lindsay Mathyssen, Jag Sahota, Nelly Shin, Alice Wong — 5.

Whereupon, the Chair voted in the negative.

Accordingly, the subamendment was negatived.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and the result of the vote was announced:

YEAS: Anju Dhillon, Brenda Shanahan, Sonia Sidhu, Anita Vandenbeld, Salma Zahid — 5;

NAYS: Andréanne Larouche, Lindsay Mathyssen, Jag Sahota, Nelly Shin, Alice Wong — 5.

Whereupon, the Chair voted in the negative.

Accordingly, the amendment was negatived.

Amendment

Anita Vandenbeld moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “LCol Eleanor Taylor” the following: “; RAdm Rebecca Patterson; BGen Lise Bourgon; BGen Andrew Atherton; Dr. Denise Preston; Professor Maya Eichler; Professor Al English; Professor Al Okros; MGen Jennie Carnigan; and Julie Lalonde”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and the result of the vote was announced:

YEAS: Anju Dhillon, Brenda Shanahan, Sonia Sidhu, Anita Vandenbeld, Salma Zahid — 5;

NAYS: Andréanne Larouche, Lindsay Mathyssen, Jag Sahota, Nelly Shin, Alice Wong — 5.

Whereupon, the Chair voted in the negative.

Accordingly, the amendment was negatived.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Anju Dhillon, Andréanne Larouche, Lindsay Mathyssen, Jag Sahota, Brenda Shanahan, Nelly Shin, Sonia Sidhu, Anita Vandenbeld, Alice Wong, Salma Zahid — 10;

NAYS: — 0.

At 12:44 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Stephanie Bond
Clerk of the Committee