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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
This is meeting number 12 of the Board of Internal Economy in this session. It will be televised and available by video conference.
Is there anything arising from the minutes of the previous meeting? Are we okay with those?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Is there any business arising from previous meetings?
Mr. Richards.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
I wanted to touch base on one item where a follow-up was required. We had sent a letter and there was a deadline of December 18 for a response. Would we be looking at scheduling a meeting sometime shortly after that, or early in the new year, to discuss that item, based on any response we receive?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The letter has been sent. I don't believe we have received a response yet.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
I understand, but we gave a deadline of December 18. Are we planning to schedule a meeting shortly after that to discuss our response?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll have to wait until a response comes back. The letter has gone out, and we'll see what happens from there, if that's fair.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
I was just trying to get a sense as to what we thought.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The letter did go out within a couple of days of when we met last. It's all taken care of.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
All I'm getting at is that it leaves a long time after the response would be received. I wouldn't want to leave that hanging over anyone for a long period of time. I know we ordinarily wouldn't meet for some time after that. I just wondered if we were giving some consideration to meeting sooner, so that it wouldn't be left hanging.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I think that's fair. If it's okay with everyone, we'll wait until the response comes back, and then we'll deal with it when we have the facts in front of us. Is that fair?
There's consensus around the room. Perfect.
Our first presentation this morning concerns the LTVP working group recommendations. The presenter is Mr. Bruce Stanton, co-chair of the Joint Interparliamentary Council and Deputy Speaker par excellence.
Before Mr. Stanton, Ms. DeBellefeuille, please go ahead.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
If I may, Mr. Chair, I'd like to thank Mr. Janse for having provided some details about the questions I had asked him.
I had asked how many witnesses gave evidence in French in parliamentary committees. What I'm trying to do is document the technical problems that sometimes come from failing to wear a headset. These problems mainly occur when unilingual francophone MPs are speaking.
At the last meeting, I said that I thought 90% of francophone witnesses gave their evidence in English. I was wrong by 4%. It would seem that 86% of francophone witnesses who appear before parliamentary committees do so in English. We've been saying from the outset that interpretation and technical problems have been having more of an impact on interventions by francophone MPs. And now we have facts and documentation to support our claim.
Mr. Chair, there have been many recommendations and suggestions. For example, it was suggested that the chair of the Liaison Committee should require an internal economy motion for the parliamentary committees asking each committee to adopt an internal economy motion to have witnesses do some technical tests before giving evidence in order to ensure that sound connectivity and quality are satisfactory.
Would House Administration and the clerk move this suggestion forward or should we take a position on it? I'd like some specifics on this point.
Is it up to us to do the follow-up or will it be delegated to the Liaison Committee? Are the clerks going to follow through on these suggestions made in the letter sent by the deputy clerk to the Committees and Legislative Services Branch?
Once again, I'd like to thank the team of clerks for having documented the problem and passed the information on to us. It'll be very useful to us in our future work.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I know that this is very important for us all. Could Mr. Janse answer the question. He could perhaps describe what's been done so far.
Mr. Janse, you have the floor.
Eric Janse
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Eric Janse
2020-12-03 10:42
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Mrs. DeBellefeuille, for your question.
If the Bureau of Internal Economy were in agreement, I thought I might send the letter I gave you to Ms. Sgro, the chair of the Liaison Committee. She could then forward it to the chairs of the 24 committees, and each in turn could discuss the matter and decide whether they want to adopt an internal economy motion. Of course, the MPs on each committee could propose such a motion.
As I mentioned in the letter, witnesses are often called at the last minute, and it's sometimes not possible to send them a headset before they appear. We nevertheless make every effort to do so.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
What I understood was that technical tests would be a good idea, wherever possible, right before witnesses appear. One example of an annoying technical problem was during an appearance by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. The problem was fixed afterwards.
Right before someone is to give evidence, it would be useful to do some tests and remind the witness to wear a headset. If the witness doesn't have a headset, possible options could be suggested, or another witness could go first. The goal is to emphasize the importance of how to set things up to make interpretation possible.
Eric Janse
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Eric Janse
2020-12-03 10:43
That would definitely facilitate things in various ways.
Our current procedure is to contact witnesses by email to send them the information. We strongly suggest that they connect 15 to 30 minutes before their appearance so that we can conduct some tests.
My impression is that many people don't read all their emails and if the witnesses don't read ours and connect only a few minutes before their appearance, there could be problems.
In our discussions with the committees branch, it was suggested that we telephone some witnesses, particularly if this is their first appearance, to underscore the importance of connecting ahead of time so that we can do various tests.
We hope that this might improve the situation.
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