I call the meeting to order.
It's 3:30, colleagues, and it's nice to see you. It's not so nice to see you in these circumstances, but nevertheless we will soldier on.
This is the sixth meeting of the public safety committee, and little did any of us think, coming from the fifth to the sixth meeting, that we would be at the intersection of two of the most significant crises of our time, namely systemic racism and the realities of COVID.
It's regrettable that we have to meet this way, in that we are physically present. Ideally, we would have been other than physically present, but it is what it is.
First of all, I will read this protocol so that we all understand what it is. I'll summarize the four points.
We've been asked to limit our movement in the room and to wear a mask unless seated. Obviously, people can follow the markings on the floor. Microphones and seats, as I can see, have been distanced from each other. I see my friend Greg Fergus way down there; at least, I think that's Greg Fergus.
We have a limited number of personnel in the room, one for each party, and I'll think you're familiar with all of the other protocols that we're exercising.
We are looking at three motions this morning. I think the first is up on the screen.
This, as you well know, has been called as an emergency meeting. It is moved:
That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) the committee undertake a study of systemic racism in policing in Canada; and that the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness as well as the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police be invited to testify on Tuesday June 23, 2020.
The motion is in English and in French.
Do I have a motion to accept the meeting?
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: The second item is the budget, is it not?