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View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
Just as the meeting is winding down, I'd like to make a proposal to the committee. I think we all agree this is important legislation. A few days ago, I had offered to the committee that we have extra meetings. I was suggesting two extra meetings to make sure we hear from the most number of witnesses as possible. The opposition gratefully accepted one extra meeting, which is the meeting we're going to have tonight.
Mr. Chair, what I'd like to do is propose the second meeting for Wednesday evening, for just one hour. I say that because I believe there are four witnesses we haven't been able to schedule into the two meetings we're having, and this will give them an opportunity to talk about the legislation and what's in front of us. As I mentioned, certainly from our perspective on this side, it's important that we hear from as many witnesses as we possibly can.
I'd like to put that out to the committee, that we host one more meeting—a one-hour meeting, not a two-hour meeting—on Wednesday night.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
It is short notice. It's meant to be accommodating to witnesses. They're not our witnesses.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
It would be after votes. I believe up until votes we're all jammed up with other meetings, question period, and votes.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Yes, one hour. My proposal would be it would be after votes for one hour.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
I don't think we can move it to next week because it has to be reported back to the finance committee by June 2.
I agree with you that it is short notice. I will say, too, that I offered a week and a half ago or two weeks ago to have two meetings. It's only now that the clerk has been trying to reach witnesses that we have found out that not all the witnesses can come to fill these two. The meetings will be full, but there are witnesses who said they could come on Wednesday night. As I said, they're not our witnesses or star witnesses. They're just—
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
I look to the opposition to see what....
I'm making it as a proposal, Mr. Chair.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Just end the meeting. Gavel her down.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Right. What I wanted to discuss briefly was, of course, the budget implementation act with the veterans clauses that are coming to committee. I believe that the finance committee referred those clauses earlier this week, on Tuesday.
I think, as we discussed at previous meetings, that type of legislation takes priority over other work and other studies. I believe that there are two meetings that we would be able to schedule, two regular meetings is what I'll say, within that timeframe on the normal Tuesday and the Thursday before we have to report it back.
What I'd like to offer to the committee, of course, is that we have a few extra meetings, if members are in agreement. If they would like more time to study the clauses of the budget implementation act that are coming from the finance committee, then I want to make that offer that we're certainly open to do them.
I would propose two additional meetings, but it could be one, as well. That's the offer I would make, Chair. I think it would give us more opportunity to study the clauses.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Chair, all I was going to say was that I think we definitely would have witnesses come in. These measures would have an impact on veterans, their families, and also serving Canadian Armed Forces members. I think it is important to have witnesses.
We have a normal process whereby the opposition parties and we as the government submit names of witnesses to the chair, and the chair arranges them for meetings. I think that's a fine process, and I recommend that we continue to follow it.
I think a three-hour meeting probably would be problematic, because what I have experienced before is that the MPs around the table end up having other committee meetings, and they just can't stay an extra hour. If we can get the work done.... If you're proposing that we get the work done in the two regular meetings, I have no problem with that at all, if that's the will of MPs around this table.
If we feel that we need additional meetings, that was my offer; we'd gladly have additional meetings. My proposal would be, based on previous experience, that those additional meetings be held at night after votes, maybe in the window between 6:30 and 8:30, because generally then it doesn't conflict with all of the other things that we have already planned in our schedules, and the commitments that we can't necessarily get out of—
A voice: Except dinners.
Mr. Pierre Lemieux: Yes, except dinners.
Anyway, that's the point I wanted to make. I would look to committee members.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
If I'm hearing correctly, Chair, what we would have, for example, when the House starts sitting again after next week, is that on Tuesday we would have a meeting with witnesses. Then we would have one nighttime meeting with witnesses, and the regular Thursday meeting would be to discuss what we send back to the finance committee. Is that what I'm hearing?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Could I ask when would they want witnesses submitted to the Chair?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Shall we say before...today is Thursday....
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