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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 26
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 11:02 a.m. to Thursday, March 25, 2021, 8:49 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Ruby Sahota, Chair (Liberal)

• Blaine Calkins for John Nater (Conservative)
• Francis Drouin for Mark Gerretsen (Liberal)
• Marilyn Gladu for Karen Vecchio (Conservative)
• Wayne Long for Mark Gerretsen (Liberal)
• Wayne Long for Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Liberal)
• Christine Normandin for Alain Therrien (Bloc Québécois)
• Hon. Geoff Regan for Stéphane Lauzon (Liberal)
• Scott Simms for Mark Gerretsen (Liberal)
• Kody Blois (Liberal)
• Kevin Lamoureux (Liberal)
• Elizabeth May (Green Party)
• Francis Scarpaleggia (Liberal)
Library of Parliament
• Andre Barnes, Analyst
• Laurence Brosseau, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion moved by Karen Vecchio moved on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, which read as follows:

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.

At 12:57 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

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

Debate continued.

At 1:04 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:00 a.m., the sitting resumed on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Debate continued.
Amendment

Ryan Turnbull moved, — That the motion of Karen Vecchio, concerning the committee’s study of the government’s reasons for the prorogation of Parliament in August 2020, be amended by

I. by deleting paragraph (a),

II. by replacing paragraph (b) with the following: “(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 for at least 90 minutes; and”

III. by replacing paragraph (c) with the following: “(b) renew the invitations issued to the Honourable Bill Morneau, Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, each to appear separately before the committee for at least 90 minutes.”, and

IV. by deleting paragraph (d) to (h).

Debate arose thereon.

At 1:18 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 1:34 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Debate continued.

At 3:05 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:02 a.m., the sitting resumed on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Debate continued.

Motion

Ryan Turnbull moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

YEAS: Kirsty Duncan, Stéphane Lauzon, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Scott Simms, Ryan Turnbull — 5;

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

At 5:04 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 8:34 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Motion

Karen Vecchio moved, — That the committee do now adjoun.

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

YEAS: Daniel Blaikie, Kirsty Duncan, Peter Kent, Stéphane Lauzon, Tom Lukiwski, John Nater, Christine Normandin, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Scott Simms, Ryan Turnbull, Karen Vecchio — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

At 8:49 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Justin Vaive
Clerk of the Committee