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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 12
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 11:02 a.m. to 1:36 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Ruby Sahota, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Andre Barnes, Analyst
• Laurence Brosseau, Analyst
House of Commons
• Patrick McDonell, Sergeant-at-Arms and Corporate Security Officer
• André Gagnon, Deputy Clerk, Procedure
• Stéphan Aubé, Chief Information Officer
Board of Internal Economy
• Michelle Laframboise, Chief Human Resources Officer
• Hon. Anthony Rota, M.P., Speaker of the House of Commons
House of Commons
• Charles Robert, Clerk of the House of Commons
• Michel Patrice, Deputy Clerk, Administration, House of Commons
• Daniel Paquette, Chief Financial Officer
Parliamentary Protective Service
• Kevin Leahy, Director
• Antonia Francis, Director, Human Resources Services
• Robert Graham, Administration and Personnel Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the committee resumed consideration of the Main Estimates 2020-21: Vote 1 under House of Commons, Vote 1 under Leaders' Debates Commission, Vote 1 under Office of the Chief Electoral Officer and Vote 1 under Parliamentary Protective Service, referred to the committee on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

The Chair called Vote 1 under House of Commons and Vote 1 under Parliamentary Protective Service.

The Speaker of the House of Commons made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

By unanimous consent, Vote 1 under House of Commons, Vote 1 under Leaders' Debates Commission, Vote 1 under Office of the Chief Electoral Officer and Vote 1 under Parliamentary Protective Service carried.

ORDERED, — That the Chair report Vote 1 under House of Commons, Vote 1 under Leaders' Debates Commission, Vote 1 under Office of the Chief Electoral Officer and Vote 1 under Parliamentary Protective Service to the House.

• Hon. Anthony Rota, M.P., Speaker of the House of Commons
House of Commons
• Charles Robert, Clerk of the House of Commons
• Michel Patrice, Deputy Clerk, Administration, House of Commons
• Daniel Paquette, Chief Financial Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(5), the committee resumed consideration of the Supplementary Estimates (B), 2020-21: Vote 1b under House of Commons and Vote 1b under Leaders' Debates Commission, referred to the committee on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

The Chair called Vote 1b under House of Commons.

The Speaker of the House of Commons made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

By unanimous consent, Vote 1b under House of Commons and Vote 1b under Leaders' Debates Commission carried.

ORDERED, — That the Chair report Vote 1b under House of Commons and Vote 1b under Leaders' Debates Commission to the House.

Motion

Corey Tochor moved, — That the committee proceed in camera.

Debate arose thereon.

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

YEAS: Todd Doherty, Tom Lukiwski, Alain Therrien, Corey Tochor, Karen Vecchio — 5;

NAYS: Omar Alghabra, Daniel Blaikie, Kirsty Duncan, Mark Gerretsen, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Ryan Turnbull — 6.

Métis National Council
• Marc LeClair, Senior Advisor
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(a)(iii) and the motion adopted by the committee on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the conduct of a federal election during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marc LeClair made a statement and answered questions.

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

The Chair presented the Second Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows:

Your subcommittee met on Thursday, November 19, 2020, to consider the business of the committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the committee order the Chair to write to the Chief Medical Officers of Health of the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, requesting they provide the committee with an assessment of any correlation between the increase covid-19 caseloads in those provinces, and the provincial general elections, recently conducted in those provinces.

2. That the committee clerk, invite representatives from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, to appear as witnesses for the committee’s study on the conduct of a federal general election during the Covid-19 pandemic.

3. That, in view of the committee’s upcoming consideration of an interim draft report for its study on the conduct of a federal general election during the Covid-19 pandemic, members of the committee submit draft recommendations to the clerk of the committee no later than 5p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

4. That the committee consider a draft final report for its study on the conduct of a federal general election during the Covid-19 pandemic, on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 and Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

5. That the committee discharge its previous decision to invite Dr. Theresa Tam to appear as a witness on the its study on the conduct of a federal general election during the Covid-19 pandemic, but instead, request that she provide a written response to the committee clerk, outlining updated PHAC advice on conducting a federal general election in the context of high, and rapidly increasing Covid-19 caseloads in several regions of the country.

6. That, in anticipation of a future committee study, pursuant to Standing Order 32(7), on the government’s reasons for proroguing parliament in August 2020, the Committee schedule its first meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2020, and continue on this study at subsequent meetings, except for meeting dates referenced above in point No. 4. The first meeting shall include witnesses with expert knowledge of the government’s constitutional prerogative for the prorogation of parliament (the committee to provide suggestions to the clerk).

That the committee instruct the clerk of the committee to obtain from the Clerk of the House a briefing note on the: history, use, functioning of Standing Order 32(7); and, role of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs in conducting a study pursuant to Standing Order 32(7). The committee requests that the briefing note be provided to the clerk of the committee by Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.

It was agreed, — That the Second Report from the subcommittee be concurred in.

At 1:36 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Justin Vaive
Clerk of the Committee