Committee
Consult the user guide
For assistance, please contact us
Consult the user guide
For assistance, please contact us
Add search criteria
Results: 1 - 15 of 63
View David Anderson Profile
CPC (SK)
I would like to ask a question about that. Are we having just the one hearing on Uighurs, or is that the beginning? I would like to be in camera to have the discussion, but I think there are bigger issues around what's happening there that I would like to talk to the committee about.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much and good afternoon, everyone.
I noticed when I was speaking with Frank a few moments ago that this is a unique committee. Even though we have over 200 new members in Parliament this year, this committee only has three returning members: myself, Madam Ratansi, and Monsieur Blaney.
I welcome all of you new to Parliament. Erin and I know each other, both being from Saskatchewan. I am pleased to say I'm looking forward to chairing this committee. I think it's going to be a good committee.
Traditionally this has been fairly non-partisan, although over time there has been the odd controversial issue that has appeared before the committee, as Madam Ratansi would know, having been a chair of this committee. The studies and the work that we do affects all parliamentarians and all levels of government within all ministries.
I think we should be able to get along well. I certainly pledge to you I'll be doing my utmost to make sure I'm as fair as possible in all rulings. That's the way I like to operate. We're not looking to try to gain any political strokes here, at least not from the chair. I am looking forward to working with all of you over the course of the next months and hopefully years to come.
With that, I would like to recommend that the clerk of this committee now move on to the appointment of the vice-chairs.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
I'll ask for the will of the committee. We have a number of routine motions and all of you probably have copies of them in front of you. Most of them are fairly pro forma, but there's two that I think will have the interest of this committee and I would suggest that we perhaps deal with those now.
The first is the length of time and the rotation for questioning witnesses. I know there has been a suggestion brought forward by the government as to the rotation length of time for questioning for a traditional meeting of approximately 50 minutes. For new members I would point out that these committees meet for a two-hour period. Many times witnesses are brought in for one-hour blocks. If that is the case, normally the committees allow up to ten minutes for opening comments, and then the remaining 50 minutes would be for questioning from the committee. The government has proposed a rotation list and a timeframe, but the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs has also adopted a separate rotation and timeframe. I would ask that if there are any comments we can deal with them now, but I would think it would be in the best interest of this committee if we could determine, before we leave this afternoon's meeting, which one of those two rotations and time allocations we would take. I would invite anyone who has a question or a comment to identify yourself.
The clerk has informed me that the routine commissions are the routine motions that were adopted by the last Parliament's committee. Does everyone have a copy of the government's submission as to rotation and length of time?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
I move that Robert Kitchen, Souris—Moose Mountain, sit as vice-chair.
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Before we entertain that motion, I wonder if we could invite the minister to attend at his pleasure to discuss the mandate letter at his earliest convenience.
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
That motion has no date constraint.
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
I move that Mark Eyking be chair.
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
Mr. Eyking, you've been here 15 years. I've been here seven or eight years.
I've been on committees that had subcommittees and on committees that didn't. I found that with the committees that had subcommittees, they'd go through, figure out a schedule, and debate it amongst themselves in the subcommittee. That might tie up a meeting. Then they'd bring it back to the committee and all of a sudden they'd spend another meeting having the exact same debate all over again.
My suggestion is that we do not have a subcommittee, and that the committee as a whole take on the task of what we're going to do in future.
That would be my proposal.
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
I guess we just vote down that part of the motion, is that correct? Or we withdraw it and just don't place it?
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
We still have to do quorum, but that would be separate.
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
Could we do a friendly amendment that we have no subcommittee on agenda and procedure?
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
I have no problem with the first part of it so that if you have two or fewer witnesses, they have 10 minutes each. That's fair. If you have more, then I think going to eight minutes is fair. I think that's appropriate.
I also want to make sure the chair has some liberty there, so that if he needs to put a fourth witness in there, he can break the time up to make the committee function so that we respect the fact that witnesses travel in from all across Canada. Sometimes you get votes in the middle of the day. With something like that, you want to do what you can to make sure they may utilize their time. I have no problem giving the chair a little bit of leeway on that, whether it's formally or informally.
What I think we might want to change is the rotation by time. I would propose that we go six minutes in the first and second rounds. I'm a little confused. You have the NDP going first here for seven minutes, and then you get the Conservatives going for seven minutes, and the Liberals only going for five minutes.
A voice: No, it's six minutes.
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay. My apologies.
View Randy Hoback Profile
CPC (SK)
Basically, you're looking at six minutes, just to clarify.
Results: 1 - 15 of 63 | Page: 1 of 5

1
2
3
4
5
>
>|
Export As: XML CSV RSS

For more data options, please see Open Data