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View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair. I'll just ask a few questions since we have a bit of extra time.
I think, first and foremost, we would all recognize or agree that Canadians have taken the public health warnings very seriously when it comes to dealing with COVID-19. We certainly have seen a huge economic impact as a result of COVID-19 and the loss of life has been substantive in this country, but when we look at the overall measures that Canada has taken, we have a lot to be proud of.
I'm hearing a lot of talk about the investments that we could possibly be making with respect to developing an app. If we look at all businesses within the country right now, I think we are all looking at making sure that we have a continuity plan in the event that we have a second wave.
My first question would be for Monsieur Aubé.
On the cost of developing an app, would you be able to provide us with a bit of an estimate? No one is asking that direct question, but I'm wondering what the costs would be for developing an app that we could use for the continuity of Parliament.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
How much time do I have, Madam Chair?
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you so much. I may not be using all of my time, so if other committee members want to get ready, that would be fine.
I also want to take a moment to thank once again the witnesses for appearing today. You always shed a lot of light on the many questions we have, so thanks to each and every one of you for being here today.
I want to follow up on my questions to Monsieur Aubé. During my question, when talking about the issue of cost, you indicated that it's a “sunk cost”. What did you mean by that?
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's great. I just wanted to confirm that there's no additional cost being incurred as a result of working on the development of an app.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's great.
I think we can all recognize as well, with respect to businesses across the country as I've indicated, that many of them are working to make sure they are prepared to deal with a second wave of COVID-19. All Canadians would expect that we, as parliamentarians, will do all we can to ensure that we can continue to do the important work that Canadians have sent us to do. I think it's very responsible on our part to ensure that we have the tools that we need to use if necessary and that we all stress that we want to be back in Ottawa as soon as possible to be that strong voice for our constituents.
I have another question for Monsieur Aubé. I feel as though I'm picking on you, so my apologies about that. During one of the lines of questioning, perhaps by Madame Blaney but I'm not sure, we talked about the issue of a hybrid system and the possibility that people would vote in person but also electronically, and how we would ensure that that would not take place. Maybe it was Madame Normandin.
You indicated at one point that there would have to be some types of controls put in place in order to ensure that that did not happen. Have you thought about those types of controls? If so, what would they look like?
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's great.
I wonder if Mr. Gagnon has anything to add to that, because we often see him around the table making sure that we are voting appropriately.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you so much, Madam Chair.
I also would like to take an opportunity to thank our witnesses who are with us today, with a special greeting and shout-out to Dr. Ghorbani, who is a fellow New Brunswicker as well.
First of all, this morning we heard from an esteemed panel group as well, and the representatives spoke to us about the importance of developing a cyber-incident response plan in the event that we had a threat that had been identified in an attempt to disrupt or compromise our systems. I am not an IT expert at all. I'm wondering whether all three of you could provide us with the elements that should be included in a cyber-incident response plan to ensure that we can better understand what that would entail.
Maybe I'll start with Dr. Ghorbani.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Jourdan.
Mr. Vickery.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you.
I have a very quick question. I know I only have about 30 seconds, so perhaps I'll get a yes or no answer from all three panellists.
We're not looking at creating anything very complicated. We're looking at moving forward with a voting system with respect to legislative votes that have already been done in public, that are being done publicly, and also looking at a hybrid system when we're debating in Parliament. Again, everything is public, nothing is confidential. Do you feel we have the technology available to do that securely?
Mr. Ghorbani.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
My only comment, Madam Chair, is that I want to ensure that all documents are translated. It's unfair to say that just parts of the documents are going to be. We need to have full translation of those documents.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you to our guests for joining us today.
As you are all aware, the committee also has been tasked to look at potentially modifying some standing orders for the duration of the pandemic and look at ways we can make hybrid sittings of the House work and also look at enacting remote voting. We are really looking at how we can make this happen.
I think one thing that all parliamentarians can certainly agree on is that being here in person is really our preference when we can get to Ottawa, but during a pandemic, we certainly know that changes have to be made, and sometimes we have to look at things differently.
I think also, when we look at this situation, protecting the health and safety of our MPs and also our staff is a paramount priority. We need to look at that, but I also truly believe that all members of Parliament also want to make sure that we can protect the fundamental rights of members of Parliament in ensuring that we can continue to do our work either remotely or in person, and our constituents certainly expect that of us.
My first question is directed to Mr. Stutely.
Do you feel the measures that have been put in place right now allow you to securely practise hybrid sittings and also remote or electronic voting?
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
You spoke briefly in your remarks about authentication and ensuring that was secure. What steps were taken to ensure that you had system authentication?
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