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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 25
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 11:08 a.m. to Thursday, February 25, 2:25 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Ruby Sahota, Chair (Liberal)

• Serge Cormier for Hon. Kirsty Duncan (Liberal)
• Wayne Long for Mark Gerretsen (Liberal)
• Scott Reid for Tom Lukiwski (Conservative)
• Scott Simms for Mark Gerretsen (Liberal)
• Warren Steinley for John Nater (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Andre Barnes, Analyst
• Laurence Brosseau, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $ 2000, for the study of the government’s reasons for proroguing Parliament in August 2020, be adopted.

Motion

Karen Vecchio moved, — That, in respect of the Committee’s study of the government’s reasons for the prorogation of Parliament in August 2020, the committee

(a) renew the invitation issued to the Prime Minister to appear before the committee, provided that if he does not agree, within one week of the adoption of this motion, to appear for at least three hours, the Chair shall be instructed to report to the House forthwith a recommendation that this committee be empowered to order his appearance from time to time;

(b) renew the invitations issued to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, each to appear separately before the committee, provided that in respect of each of them who does not agree, within one week of the adoption of this motion, to appear for at least 90 minutes each, the Chair shall be instructed to report to the House forthwith a recommendation that this committee be empowered to order her appearance from time to time;

(c) renew the invitations issued to the Honourable Bill Morneau, Katie Telford, Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, each to appear separately before the committee, provided that in respect of each of them who does not agree, within one week of the adoption of this motion, to appear for at least three hours each, a summons do issue for his or her appearance before the Committee at a date and time determined by the Chair but no later than one month following the adoption of this motion;

(d) renew the invitations issued to Farah Perelmuter and Martin Perelmuter, to appear before the committee, provided that if they do not agree, within one week of the adoption of this motion, to appear for at least 90 minutes, a summons do issue for their appearance before the Committee at a date and time determined by the Chair but no later than one month following the adoption of this motion;

(e) issue an order for the production of all memoranda, e-mails, text messages, documents, notes or other records from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office, since June 25, 2020, concerning options, plans and preparations for the prorogation of Parliament, including polling and public opinion research used to inform the decision to prorogue Parliament, provided that these documents shall be provided to the clerk of the committee within two weeks of the adoption of this motion;

(f) issue an order for the production of records of all communications between the government and any of WE Charity (or its affiliated organizations), Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger, or Speakers’ Spotlight, since June 25, 2020, in respect of the prorogation of Parliament, provided that these documents shall be provided to the clerk of the committee within two weeks of the adoption of this motion;

(g) issue orders to WE Charity (including its affiliated organizations), Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger and Speakers’ Spotlight for the production of all memoranda, e-mails, text messages, documents, notes or other records, since June 25, 2020, concerning the prorogation of Parliament, provided that these documents shall be provided to the clerk of the committee within two weeks of the adoption of this motion; and

(h) all documents provided to the clerk of the committee in respect of paragraphs (e) to (g) shall be published on the committee’s website as soon as practical upon receipt, once they are available in both official languages.

Debate arose thereon.

Motion

Ginette Petitpas Taylor moved, — That the committee do now adjourn.

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

YEAS: Serge Cormier, Stéphane Lauzon, Wayne Long, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Ryan Turnbull — 5;

NAYS: Daniel Blaikie, Peter Kent, Tom Lukiwski, John Nater, Alain Therrien, Karen Vecchio — 6.

Debate continued.

Motion

Stéphane Lauzon moved, — That the committee do now adjourn.

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

YEAS: Serge Cormier, Stéphane Lauzon, Wayne Long, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Ryan Turnbull — 5;

NAYS: Daniel Blaikie, Peter Kent, Tom Lukiwski, Warren Steinley, Alain Therrien, Karen Vecchio — 6.

The debate continued.

Motion

Wayne Long moved, — That the committee do now adjourn.

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

YEAS: Serge Cormier, Stéphane Lauzon, Wayne Long, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Ryan Turnbull — 5;

NAYS: Daniel Blaikie, Peter Kent, Tom Lukiwski, Warren Steinley, Alain Therrien, Karen Vecchio — 6.

At 2:16 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 2:31 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Motion

Ginette Petitpas Taylor moved, — That the committee now be suspended.

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

YEAS: Daniel Blaikie, Serge Cormier, Peter Kent, Stéphane Lauzon, Wayne Long, Tom Lukiwski, John Nater, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Alain Therrien, Ryan Turnbull, Karen Vecchio — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

At 2:46 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:01 a.m., the sitting resumed on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

The debate continued.

At 1:37 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 1:52 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The debate continued.

It was agreed, — That the committee adjourn.

At 2:25 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Justin Vaive
Clerk of the Committee