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View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
Lib. (ON)
I move the appointment of Judy Sgro as the chair of this Liaison Committee.
View Judy A. Sgro Profile
Lib. (ON)
If the committee is in agreement, I invite the clerk to proceed with the election of the vice-chairs.
Is everything okay with that?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, I have some routine motions that I'd like to bring forward to the committee.
The first one is as follows. I move:
That, pursuant to Standing Order 107(6), a Subcommittee on Committee Budgets be established to approve committees’ budget requests and that the membership of the subcommittee be composed of the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Committee, as well as three other Government members, and one other member of the Official Opposition, as appointed by their respective whips.
View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
Lib. (ON)
The next one, Madam Chair, is as follows. I move:
That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide working meals for the Committee and its subcommittees; and
That the Committee retain, as needed and at the discretion of the Chair, the services of one or more analysts from the Library of Parliament to assist it in its work.
View Judy A. Sgro Profile
Lib. (ON)
Are there any comments or discussion?
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: Would the analysts like to join us here at the table, please?
View Peter Fonseca Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
I'd like to put forward a motion to nominate Marwan Tabbara as the chair.
View Marwan Tabbara Profile
Lib. (ON)
First of all, thank you for nominating me as chair.
I want to thank all the members of this committee.
I hope we can have a great committee, as we did in the last Parliament. There are members who have been here for 15 years who can provide us with insight on the great work that this committee has done. In the last Parliament, I know that we did some excellent work on raising a lot of issues. Although sometimes we can't do the same type of work that the foreign affairs committee does, it's great for us to really shed some light on places in the world that are oftentimes seeing human rights abuses and don't get the same amount of media attention. This group can really focus and zone in on certain places and areas with a lot of consensus and really get a lot of great work done.
I want to thank the two past chairs as well, Anita Vandenbeld and Michael Levitt, for their hard work.
I want to move on to a couple of things first.
One is that the foreign affairs committee has brought forward David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme. He will be visiting Ottawa on March 12, and this visit will be hosted by the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development. Due to a scheduling conflict of the foreign affairs committee, it is unable to host Mr. Beasley, but it has been asking if this committee would host Mr. Beasley in a meeting here.
I would like to formally request that the Subcommittee on International Human Rights invite Mr. Beasley to appear on March 12, 2020. I think that we can get a great discussion from him. As Canada was the seventh-largest donor to the World Food Programme in 2019, I think it's important that we host Mr. Beasley here. I'm just wondering if committee members would be agreeable to that.
View Marwan Tabbara Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Marwan Tabbara Profile
Lib. (ON)
I'm not positive, but I think it was Gary Anandasangaree.
View Marwan Tabbara Profile
Lib. (ON)
Perhaps I'll just start with a couple of things. I'll go in order, and then we'll decide on them. First, perhaps we can decide on having Mr. Beasley here. Second, we'll decide if we want to have Rachael Harder and Gary Anandasangaree. I think that's a great idea. Third is the election of the vice-chairs. Perhaps we could go in that order.
Do I have agreement on inviting Mr. Beasley here on the 12th?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Okay, it's unanimous.
By way of a little background for some members, we've discussed the Rohingya conflict that has been going on for a couple of years now. The committee has studied it a bunch of times. I think it would be great to have two members of the party give us an update on what they've seen on the ground. The monsoon season is fast approaching, and this could cause more hardship for some of the individuals there.
Do I have agreement—
View Anita Vandenbeld Profile
Lib. (ON)
It's more of a clarification. We're not sure that it's Gary, so should we just ask for the members who travelled to....
View Marwan Tabbara Profile
Lib. (ON)
Yes, we'll say “the members who travelled”. It's more accurate.
Do I have agreement?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: I'd like to take requests now for vice-chairs. I think it's two opposition members.
View Marwan Tabbara Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Genuis, do you want to put forward some ideas?
There are some papers I received. It's background information, and I'm not sure if you received that. It just tells us some of the places that we studied in the last Parliament. As your colleague David Sweet mentioned, we studied the Rohingya, and it would be a good time to revisit this in terms of some of the colleagues who came. Some other areas that we revisit may be areas where more conflict has broken out and we revisit something. If you have this paper here, it shows some of the places that we haven't had a chance to study in certain areas.
I would be happy to entertain some of the areas of study that you have, and you may want to share them with the committee. That way, other committee members can have a chance to hear that, and then, if they want to propose other areas of study, we can discuss it here or we can discuss it at other meetings as well.
View Anita Vandenbeld Profile
Lib. (ON)
In danger of piling more on to what actually sounds like really worthwhile studies that my colleagues have put forward—and I like all of them, actually—I have a few ideas that are more one-off kind of studies.
I remember in the last Parliament we had Felix Tshisekedi from the Congo, who was an opposition leader at the time. He came and spoke about the elections there. He has since been elected President of the Congo, so those of you who were here for that committee meeting...he was actually successful and became president.
There is another leader, who also ran for president, who is going to be in Ottawa around April 23 and would like to appear and testify about the situation in the Congo and democracy there. If it's worthwhile, it would be very helpful. I can testify also that I knew him very well when I lived in the Congo. He was a member of my steering committee. It's an area of the world where every form of human rights abuses are happening, so it might be interesting. That would be around April 23.
There are others I put out there. One that we haven't, in my memory, actually talked about, which is not in the headlines but is a huge humanitarian crisis, is Yemen. I don't know if we might have some witnesses and maybe a one-off on Yemen.
In the last Parliament, near the end, we had people coming in on Cameroon. I think the situation there has not gotten any better, and there are a number of people who have approached several of us about some of the things that are happening there. If we wanted to have an update on that, that's another one I would put forward.
That's by no means exhaustive. I think we can prioritize. I also like all the ideas and suggestions that my colleagues came up with.
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