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Subcommittee on Private Members' Business of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs



Thursday, January 28, 2021

[Recorded by Electronic Apparatus]




     I believe we're all prepared to start, so I call this meeting to order.
    Welcome to the second meeting of the subcommittee on private members' business.
    Pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(1), we are meeting to consider an item placed in the order of precedence on December 11, 2020, to determine whether it should be considered non-votable.
    Following the order adopted by the House earlier this week, the subcommittee is sitting in a hybrid format, meaning that members can participate either in person or by video conference.
    Today's meeting is—


    Excuse me, Ms. Petitpas Taylor. Unfortunately, there's no interpretation.
    Can we see whether the interpretation is working?
    I can hear the interpreter now. Thank you, Ms. Petitpas Taylor.
    Okay, great. We can continue.


    Madam Chair, I have a point of order. I don't have interpretation on my end. When Mr. Therrien was speaking, I could not hear.
    Are we good now?
    I hear it now.
    Perfect. Thank you.
    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.
    Ms. Keenan-Pelletier, you have the floor.


    Thank you, Madam Chair. I will be brief.
    There is one item of discussion today, Bill C-262. In summary, this bill aims to establish a tax credit for the capture and utilization or storage of certain greenhouse gases.
    In the briefing note, which was provided to the committee, in my opinion, I didn't see any issues or concerns with this bill and the criteria for private members’ bills.
    If there are any specific questions from the committee, I'm happy to answer them, but that is my analysis.
    Great. Thank you so much for that.
    Does anyone have any questions to bring forward?
    As I've indicated, this might be a record-breaking meeting. With no further questions, I am going to assume that we have consent that Bill C-262 is votable.


    If there are no other items of discussion, this meeting is adjourned and I will see you all at question period.
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