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Meeting No. 16
Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs met in a televised session at 11:01 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Joe Preston, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Brad Butt, David Christopherson, Kevin Lamoureux, Alexandrine Latendresse, Tom Lukiwski, Ted Opitz, Joe Preston, Scott Reid, Blake Richards and Craig Scott.


Acting Members present: Costas Menegakis for Tom Lukiwski and Costas Menegakis for Scott Reid.


Other Members present: Pat Martin, Elizabeth May and Scott Simms.


In attendance: House of Commons: Jean-François Pagé, Procedural Clerk. Library of Parliament: Andre Barnes, Analyst; Erin Virgint, Research Assistant.


Appearing: Hon. Pierre Poilievre, P.C., M.P., Minister of State (Democratic Reform).


Witnesses: Privy Council Office: Matthew Lynch, Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Legislation and House Planning; Isabelle Mondou, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Legal Operations, Cabinet Confidences and Democratic Reform.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, February 10, 2014, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts.

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of Clause 1, Short Title, was postponed.

The Chair called Clause 2.


The Minister, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


At 12:00 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:02 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion of David Christopherson, — That the Committee, upon receiving an Order of Reference from the House concerning C-23, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts, initiate a study on this legislation, which will include the following:

That the Committee hear witnesses from, but not limited to, Elections Canada, Political parties as defined under the Canada Elections Act, the Minister of State who introduced the bill, representatives of First Nations, anti-poverty groups, groups representing persons with disabilities, groups representing youth advocates and students, as well as specific groups which have been active in society on elections rules, including Fair Vote Canada, SAMARA, Democracy Watch and the BC Civil Liberties Association;

That the Committee request to travel to all regions of Canada, (Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Northern Ontario, the Prairies, British Columbia and the North), as well as downtown urban settings (such as the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver) and rural and remote settings, and that the Committee request that this travel take place in March and April 2014; and

That the Committee shall only proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of this bill after these hearings have been completed, with a goal to commence clause-by-clause consideration for Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The debate continued.


At 1:03 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Marie-France Renaud
Clerk of the Committee

2014/02/25 3:45 p.m.