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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Let us start the meeting.
The first item on the agenda is to adopt the minutes of the previous meeting. Are there any comments about the minutes? Shall we adopt the minutes?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Hon. Anthony Rota: We now move to business arising from the previous meeting.
Mrs. DeBellefeuille, did you want to make a comment? You have the floor.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Great.
Is the raise hand button working? Can you see it?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We now move to business arising from the previous meeting.
Mrs. DeBellefeuille, did you want to make a comment? You have the floor.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Yes, I can see your hand is raised.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
I can hear an echo of my voice. I can hear myself speaking. I don't know whether it is supposed to be like that.
I hear myself with a delay, like an echo. I am probably hearing the sound in the meeting room.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Yes, we're having that issue today, but I believe it has been resolved here.
It happens to me a lot. When it does, I remove my headset and hold it in my hand to speak into the microphone. Then I put my headset back on. It is a bit of a chore, but until the issue is resolved, that is what we can do.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Is that better now?
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
No, it's not working.
So I will try to concentrate.
Mr. Chair, I would like to ask you a few questions to follow up on business arising from the previous meeting.
At the last Board of Internal Economy meeting in December, we closed the meeting with a recommendation that [Technical difficulty].
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Excuse me, Mrs. DeBellefeuille, but we are having trouble hearing you. I don't know what is wrong.
Am I the only one hearing the sound cut in and out? The interpreters appear to be hearing that too. So we have a problem.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Would you like me to try removing the headset, Mr. Chair?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Apparently, the problem is on Parliament's end. The problem is over here.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
Should I go on?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I believe we will have to suspend the meeting. I don't know what else to do until the issue is resolved.
Could you continue speaking, please?
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
I wanted to ask you something about Mr. Janse's appearance. The Board of Internal Economy authorized the letter to be sent to the Liaison Committee, that is, to Ms. Sgro, who was then to forward the letter to all chairs of [Technical difficulty].
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
It's very hard to understand what you are saying. We will therefore suspend the meeting for a few minutes.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
I will try without the headset, Mr. Chair.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I don't think the problem is on your end. It is here in the room.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Is that better, Mr. Chair?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
It is still the same.
Stéphan Aubé
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Stéphan Aubé
2021-01-28 11:14
It is not on your end, Mrs. DeBellefeuille.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We will suspend the meeting temporarily. I don't know how long it will be, but please wait. We will see what happens.
We will leave it in the hands of the technicians.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We will pick up where we left off.
We dealt with the first item on the agenda. We were on the second item, business arising from the previous meeting.
We will proceed with Mrs. DeBellefeuille.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I can still hear the echo of myself, but I hope the sound is clear on your end.
Mr. Chair, I was referring to the letter that the clerk assistant, Mr. Janse, was authorized to send in your name on behalf of the Board of Internal Economy to the chair of the Liaison Committee, Ms. Sgro. The purpose of the letter was to communicate certain recommendations and observations with respect to interpretation.
The observations were that interpretation into French is hard to do at the moment because of issues with the technology. From the time committees began to meet until the end of September, 86% of witnesses testified in English. That put pressure on the technology to make high-quality interpretation available to francophone members.
Ms. Sgro forwarded the letter to all committee chairs on December 8. How many committee chairs sent the letter to the other members of their committee?
Was the letter well received, Mr. Janse?
Did the chair of the Liaison Committee feel committed to a mission of awareness and promotion with the other committee chairs? Did she impress upon them just how significant the proposals were to ensuring quality interpretation for francophone members?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Janse, you have the floor.
Eric Janse
View Eric Janse Profile
Eric Janse
2021-01-28 11:27
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for your question, Mrs. DeBellefeuille.
Ms. Sgro's office sent the letter to the chairs of all other standing committees. Most chairs forwarded it to all members of their committee. A few did not, but we are following up with them to urge them to send the letter to the other members.
Because the letter went out in mid-December, not many committee meetings were left before the House adjourned for the holidays. Committees are starting to sit again this week. So we are hoping to obtain some feedback to find out whether things are better now than they were before the holidays.
We are planning to hold a Liaison Committee meeting in the coming weeks. All committee chairs, including Ms. Sgro, will be able to discuss it.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Do you have a question, Mr. Julian?
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
My question is on the same subject.
If the letter has not been forwarded to all committee members, it's important that it be sent to them right away. We must ensure that Parliament works well in both official languages and that high-quality interpretation services are available to everyone. I am a little concerned to find that some committees have not yet discussed it.
It is really important that the letter besent to all members so that steps can be taken to ensure that the two official languages are on equal footing during virtual sittings of the House and the committees.
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