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To continue, today's meeting is also taking place in the new webinar format. Webinars are for public meetings and are available only to members, their staff and witnesses. All functionalities for active participants remain the same. Staff will be non-active participants only and can therefore only view the meeting in gallery view.
Since all our members are here virtually, I don't need to go over the public health recommendations.
For those participating virtually, members may speak in the official language of their choice. At the bottom of your screen, you have the option of choosing either floor, English or French. With the latest Zoom version, you may now speak in the language of your choice without the need to select the corresponding language channel. Honestly, I have to say that it's very nice not to have to make this change anymore.
We are now ready to proceed with the consideration of Bill C-262 standing in the name of Mr. McLean in the order of precedence. As members may know, the subcommittee had considered Mr. McLean's previous item, Bill C-214. The first reading of the bill has since been declared null and void, and the order for second reading was discharged and the item was dropped from the order paper.
As per the rules, the member was given the opportunity to introduce a new item of private member's business. As such, Bill C-262 was introduced and placed on the order of precedence on December 11, 2020. The subcommittee is now asked to determine its votability.
I will invite the analyst to take the floor to give a succinct summary of the item after which members can ask questions. If there are no questions, the chair will put the question.