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View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
Before you go, I just want to make sure we're clear now, though, as Mark requested, that we can have a flow chart so that we can understand who is making those granular decisions. Then we know, as we said, where we are going to insert ourselves.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Before we adjourn, we have agenda item 8, video broadcasting and webcasting for committees.
Judy, would you go ahead, please?
View Judy A. Sgro Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I want you to know that we appreciate the board agreeing to include our recommendation for additional broadcasting resources and options for committees in the next Parliament as part of your agenda today.
I'm joined by Eric Janse, Stéphan Aubé and Ian McDonald from the House administration.
As many of you have known, there have been growing challenges around access to the limited resources broadcast committee proceedings on video. As a result, many committee chairs and members feel that committees do not always get the attention they would like for the important work they do on behalf of Canadians.
In addition, if additional video streams for committee meetings were added, closed captioning would be included, increasing access to committee proceedings for even more Canadians. As there have not been changes to the existing broadcasting resources since 2001, I think it's probably time.
As a result, the liaison committee recently saw a presentation on a web broadcasting option for committee meetings, and the committee fully supported this initiative as a way of increasing access.... Am I going too fast for you, Ian?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I'm sorry to interrupt you, Ms. Sgro, but I think what we need to come to quickly is the fact that you've made recommendations. They are at the end of the note—
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
They are:
1) That the Speaker write to the House Leaders to recommend they seek the approval of the House to expand the number of committee meetings that may video broadcast/webcast simultaneously.
2) Approve additional resources as outlined in the Considerations section under “A. Financial Implications”.
3) That the temporary funding be absorbed through any surpluses from the global envelope for standing committees available at the end of the fiscal year 2019-2020.
Is the board ready to say yes to that?
Go ahead, Mr. Strahl.
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
This obviously would have no impact in this Parliament.
I think what we are comfortable with, especially at this stage, is to approve the webcasting part of it right away. I think we would look at an additional broadcast capability, perhaps, with the new board. I don't know if that is possible or what the difference is, but that is what we were comfortable with. When we were looking at it, we were comfortable certainly that everything would be broadcast to the web, but we weren't prepared at this time to sign off on the additional television.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Okay. That's an option we could do. Does everyone else agree to that, or are there other comments? I see no other comments, so are we agreed to that proposal from Mr. Strahl?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Hon. Geoff Regan: Very good.
Thank you very much. Sorry to cut you short, but we don't have any time. We're now on to the four reports that are numbered 9, 10, 11 and 12 on the agenda. Are there any issues arising?
Go ahead, Mr. Julian.
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
However, I have a question after reading through the reports. It's on the report on preventing and addressing harassment.
There was a question about the reporting in Table 1, which shows there were four inquiries on sexual harassment but no complaints were lodged. I just wanted a response to that. It seemed to me strange that on something as serious as sexual harassment there were inquiries, yet no complaints were levied. It raises some concerns for me that we may have victims of sexual harassment who are not stepping forward for whatever reason, but it could just be that the sexual harassment inquiry could have come from members themselves, who were just making sure that they understood what their responsibilities were.
Without context, that figure of four inquiries and no complaints seems concerning. I was hoping there were some answers.
Robyn Daigle
View Robyn Daigle Profile
Robyn Daigle
2019-06-13 13:27
Thanks, Mr. Julian.
To give some context, when inquiries come in, they can be inquiries about the policy framework from the members themselves or from employees. It could also be the MP inquiring because they may have a situation between employees. There are a lot of informal mechanisms to help resolve some of these issues without a more formal complaint, so it doesn't mean necessarily that the situation hasn't been dealt with; it just means it may have been resolved otherwise, or it may have just literally been four inquiries on the policy framework if an MP wanted to understand what his obligations are under the policy as well.
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