Thank you, Madam Joint Chair.
I want to be clear that, per the written routine motions, the motion that was distributed speaks to time allocation. I want to read it into the record so that we're clear, because I believe Senator Dalphond is only proposing to amend the Senate portion. There's no suggested change to the House of Commons portion.
The motion says:
That witnesses appearing before the Committee be given seven minutes to make their opening statement and that the order of questions for the first round of questioning shall be as follows: five minutes House of Commons Liberal, five minutes House of Commons Conservative, five minutes House of Commons BQ, five minutes House of Commons NDP, five minutes Independent Senators Group (Senate ISG), five minutes Senate Conservative, 5 minutes Canadian Senators Group (Senate CSG) and five minutes Progressive Senate Group (Senate PSG), alternating between the last two Senate groups from meeting to meeting.
Questioning during the second round shall be as follows: four minutes House of Commons Liberal, four minutes House of Commons Conservative, 2.5 minutes House of Commons BQ, 2.5 minutes House of Commons NDP, four minutes Senate ISG, four minutes Senate Conservative, 2.5 minutes Senate PSG and 2.5 minutes Senate CSG, alternating between the last two Senate groups from meeting to meeting.
If I understood correctly, what Mr. Dalphond is seeking to do is simply amend the configuration with respect to the senators, but not touch the configuration with respect to members of the House of Commons.