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View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
Good morning, Ms. Dawson. Thank you for being here. I apologize on behalf of Mr. Reid. I just went upstairs and had a quick conversation with Mr. Reid, who is unavoidably detained. He wishes he could be here. He did ask me to convey to not only yourself but to other members of the committee that the subcommittee that was examining the forms were unanimous in their decision that the forms submitted to you would be appropriate. In fact, the forms that you had then distributed as a package to all parliamentarians, in the subcommittee's view, were perfect, they were excellent, and they had no problems with them whatsoever. Unfortunately, Mr. Reid is the only remaining member of the subcommittee who sits on the current procedure and House affairs committee, and as I said, he was unavoidably detained today.
For your benefit and for the benefit of all the members, the subcommittee is extremely pleased with the forms that you have already submitted in draft form. Their recommendation to this committee would be that they accept them as presented.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
With due respect to my colleague Mr. Albrecht, I would suggest that since, as Marcel Proulx pointed out, Mr. Reid is the only remaining member of that subcommittee who still sits on the current committee, and even though I gave an accurate report, it might be wise, just for the comfort level of all here, if we waited to make a motion to approve the forms until Mr. Reid is here. If he could expand on what the committee looked at when determining what forms would be appropriate, he could give us that level of information. I'd feel a little more comfortable, personally, if I had even a verbal report from Mr. Reid. Then we could approve the forms.
If that's going to prove to cause too much of a delay, then maybe we could deal with it now, and I will bend to the will of the committee on that.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
I'm certainly agreeable to that.
I understand, according to one of my staff members, that prorogation has just been granted. Therefore, if we are able to deal with and approve the forms now, I'm all for that. Otherwise we'll be waiting another month and a half or something before we come back.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Then perhaps if Mr. Albrecht wants to make the motion, whether we vote it up or down, at least we'll deal with it today.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
As I'm listening to this discussion, I'm thinking what has always guided me in any work I've done is that if you have to ask the question, is this a conflict, that might be your answer right there.
The other thing I might suggest is this. Even though we are where we today and hearing what we've heard, would it be appropriate to form a subcommittee to take a look at some of the issues that Madam Dawson has brought forward today, rather than contemplating it as a large group?
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
I would make it a request.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Chair.
I want to go back, if I can. I might have to get Monsieur Bard back up at the witness table. I need some clarification on the issue that's been discussed by Michel, Marlene, Yvon, and others on the compatibility between Hill and constituency software and hardware.
I have to challenge Michel: I think I'm far more computer illiterate than he, even more illiterate than your Post-it ex-roommate. I'm back in the eight-tracks. I haven't progressed past eight-tracks yet, which tells you where I'm coming from.
But I know there have been some problems at the constituency office level. Just to give you a brief example, this summer when we were back in our constituencies, my constituency office was having a lot of difficulty just getting calendar items into my BlackBerry. For some reason--they said it was because of a compatibility issue--they had to eventually send all of my local appointments to Ottawa and then they had to put it into my calendar. For some reason, the software program, I guess it was, wasn't compatible. I don't know if it was Vista or whatever. I don't understand that. I just know that we had some problems.
You mentioned that you're going to be providing, as I think I heard you say, personal tutelage to members and the like. Is there some way we can get a calendar so that I can get my constituency office people to speak with your office to try to get a better sense of what they may need to do in terms of upgrading or changing software? If I went to a seminar on this, it would be over my head so fast I couldn't tell you. It's the people in my office who deal with these things on a daily basis whom I would want to be able to get the proper instruction.
So how would we go about getting my constituency office people to contact your people to make sure we're on the right track?
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
I would appreciate that very much.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
I would appreciate that. Again, the information package may have gone out to the constituency office, but I know that my people there said that they were trying to contact IT to fix this little problem we had and they got no resolution to it. If you could forward that to my office, that would be great. I just want to make sure that my constituency office has the proper coordinates to talk to the people they need to talk to when they have a problem.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay. Thank you for that.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As a new member not only to this committee but to the House as well, I'm on a bit of a steep learning curve, so I hope you'll humour me with regard to my question.
I read the briefing notes. On page 2 you indicated that there was an intention to spend the $8 million on capital expenditures, and then there was no longer a plan to spend the money. Can you tell me what these expenditures were to be and whether they fit into a longer-term capital management plan for Parliament?
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Clerk, after careful consideration during many months off, over the course of the summer and the election, members of this side have considered this--
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
--and we nominate Mr. Joe Preston because of his vast experience in the chair.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
From the government side, Joe, thank you for being a calming and steadying influence on this side of the table for the last year or so. Congratulations to you on your selection and election as chair.
First, I want to introduce a couple of new members. We now have six members. Five members are sitting on this side of the table, and a couple of them are new. First, there is Ms. Kelly Block, who is from Saskatchewan. We have another Saskatchewan presence on this committee, newly elected this year. I'm sure Kelly will be a wonderful addition to this committee.
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