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View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
I would like to thank the clerk.
I would like to thank Ms. Sahota for nominating me as chair.
For those who don't know me yet, I want to make it clear that I'm not a very partisan person. When chairing a committee, all members, regardless of their level of partisanship, their party, or their biases, feel a strong sense of responsibility toward their colleagues. The chair wants them to see that the committee's affairs are being run properly.
My priority is to be the best chair possible. I want the committee to achieve a sense of balance by encouraging members to be polite and respectful toward each other. The Canadians following the committee's work will want to see on the news that their country is generally well run and that respect is the norm in politics.
They will also want to see a certain level of bilingualism. I will therefore try my best to ensure a balance between the official languages. I think it's very important if we want to maintain the respect of Canadians and if we want our work to reflect who they are.
Canada is a nation of peace, order, and good government. I think the objective is for that spirit to infuse the work of the committee. I will do my best to chair in the manner of Mr. Reid when he chaired the subcommittee on human rights. I will try to be rigorous but also very respectful.
At the end of the day, whatever the outcome of the report, I think that all of us, as MPs, want to feel proud of the process and proud of the product.
I have no biases or firm opinion regarding the type of electoral system we should have in Canada. I am here to listen and not to influence people.
Last but not least, I think my biggest qualification to be chair is that I haven't made any summer vacation plans. Thank you.
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View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
I want to thank my colleagues for their support.
We can now proceed with the election of the two vice-chairs of the committee. Ms. Widmer can proceed with the election.
Are there any motions?
Mr. Deltell, go ahead.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
It has been moved that Scott Reid be elected vice-chair of the committee.
Are there any further motions?
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
It looks as though there is consensus around that.
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: Congratulations, Mr. Reid.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Before proceeding with the adoption of certain routine motions, I want to know whether you agree with the meeting being televised.
Some hon. members: Agreed.
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: In that case, we need to suspend the meeting for three minutes.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
You're right. However, Mr. Holland does not have the right to vote as part of our work and will not get involved in the proceedings. I don't know whether the committee objects to him being seated at the table to follow our discussion.
Does everyone agree that Mr. Holland can sit at the table during committee meetings?
Mr. Kenney, go ahead.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Ms. Romanado, I assume you wanted to address the same issue.
I see that everyone agrees. Thank you.
Mr. Holland, welcome to the meeting.
We will now continue with the adoption of certain routine motions. I will start with the first motion.
Ms. Sahota, go ahead.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
Is there agreement with this motion? Are there any objections? I don't see any.
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: I deem the motion adopted, and I would invite our two analysts to join us.
Welcome. Congratulations.
The second motion concerns the possible creation of a subcommittee on agenda and procedure.
Would anyone like to put forward a motion?
Mr. Cullen, go ahead.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay. Then it would read:
That a Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of the Chair, the two Vice-Chairs, two members of the government named by the Whip and a Member from the Bloc québécois and from the Green Party; that the Chair of the Committee be the Chair of the Subcommittee.
Is that correct?
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Once again, everyone seems to agree.
Go ahead, Mr. DeCourcey.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
I understand. There would be two government party members, the chair and another member.
Do you agree? Apart from the chair, there would be one other Liberal Party member.
(Amendment agreed to [See Minutes of Proceedings])
Are there any further motions?
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
I think it's about six, if I'm not mistaken. I count five plus the chair.
View Francis Scarpaleggia Profile
Lib. (QC)
Yes, the committee, as you know probably better than I, is the master of its own decisions.
(Motion as amended agreed to [See Minutes of Proceedings])
The Chair: That motion is carried. Are there any other proposals for motions?
Go ahead, Ms. Romanado.
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