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View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
I call the meeting to order.
This is meeting number 46 of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.
We finished our witness hearings; last night we had our last set of witnesses. Tonight is our big open-mic evening here in Ottawa. We've had open-mic sessions all over the country. We spent about three and a half weeks travelling the country.
We have crossed the country and visited the three territories and 10 provinces. At each stop, we heard from witnesses but also set aside time to listen to comments from the public.
We will do the same thing today.
We're going to basically use the formula we used on the road when we had public open-mic sessions.
Those of you who wish to speak have registered, which is great. Essentially, each person at the mic has two minutes. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it has worked very well everywhere we've gone.
I'll call two people up to the mic. At any given time we'll have two people at the mics, the person speaking and the person waiting to speak. The person waiting to speak can gather their thoughts, and when the person speaking is finished, we'll go to the person who's waiting. Then we'll call another person up to the mic that's free, and they can wait for their turn.
We have, to start off, Ms. Helen Johansen and Mr. Mark Batten-Carew.
Go ahead, Ms. Johansen, please, for two minutes.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
I've heard that.
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Ms. Johansen.
I call Mr. Stephen Nickerson to mic number 1.
I have a couple of cards here. From time to time, when there's about 20 seconds' time remaining, if we're really going over time, I'll put up the yellow card. That will be followed, at some point, by the red card, which signals that time is up.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Green means go. At the start, it's a green light.
We'll give the green light for two minutes to Mr. Batten-Carew.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
I just have a little note of caution to speakers. The interpreters have to keep up. I understand you want to get it all into two minutes, but we'll give you a little flexibility for the sake of the interpreters. Every now and then, I can tell that they're struggling. Thank you very much.
Also, we are in a House of Commons committee room, and the formal rules of committee proceedings apply. That means there cannot be any pictures until the gavel comes down at the end of the meeting. If you could respect that rule, that would be greatly appreciated.
I call Mr. Christopher Wilson to mic number two, please.
Mr. Nickerson, go ahead, please.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Nickerson.
I'll call Gerald Ackerman to mic number one.
Now we'll hear from Christopher Wilson, please.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
You threw us for a loop there.
Voices: Oh, oh!
The Chair: Mr. Wilson, unfortunately, the format doesn't lend itself to that, but I'll take a stab at it. We travelled across the country and we heard that a great many people would like to see their vote better reflected in the seat count of the House of Commons, but it's a highly technical issue. We've learned about different voting systems that typically aren't discussed and about experiences in other countries. I think you'll find our report full of interesting facts and insights.
We'll go to Mr. Ackerman, and I'll ask Bradley Mullen to come to mic number two, please.
Go ahead, Mr. Ackerman.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
David Shostal—
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you for letting us know. I was wondering where; it was in your riding.
Thank you for being here, Mr. Ackerman.
Go ahead, Mr. Mullen.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
As a point of information, when we are travelling, typically a committee holds hearings during the day and travels at night. We travelled in the morning so that we could hold hearings in the afternoon and evening, so that people who were working could come out in the evening. I guess some people prefer the afternoon, but it was an attempt to open it up to as many people as possible. That's the reason.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
I call Mr. Denzil Feinberg to mic number two, please.
We'll go to Mr. Shostal.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Shostal.
I'd call Mr. Cosgrove to mic number one while we give the floor to Mr. Feinberg.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
Mr. Ian MacDonald may advance to mic number two, and we'll hear from Mr. Paul Cosgrove.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Cosgrove.
I ask Mr. Andrew Madill to come to mic number one.
Mr. MacDonald, you have the floor.
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