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View David Sweet Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Chair, can I propose a couple of things?
I'm fully in support of Mr. Beasley's being here. What was the date you mentioned? Was it March 12?
View David Sweet Profile
CPC (ON)
Could I also ask, because of our past work...? I know Mr. Fonseca and other members from the Bloc and NDP are not familiar with this, but because of the Herculean work that we've done in the past with regard to the persecuted Rohingya, we have two members of Parliament, Rachael Harder on our side and—I apologize, I can't remember your member who travelled with the—
View David Sweet Profile
CPC (ON)
They had some significant observations on the ground in Bangladesh. It would be a great update on what's happening with the Rohingya and Bangladesh if they could testify before the committee. It's non-partisan, as well, with both of them here.
Then the next meeting would be our business meeting.
View Garnett Genuis Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, is now the time to put forward general ideas for studies? Is that what you wanted to go into in terms of this discussion?
View Garnett Genuis Profile
CPC (AB)
My understanding is that generally this committee is operated on consensus, so I don't have these as motions because I think it's better to just put them out as ideas, but if we find a substantial degree of consensus, and we can establish at this meeting that we want to start on a few themes, then that way we don't have to spend unnecessary time in committee business discussion.
There are two ideas that I want to put on the table. The first is that there's a lot of growing interest and concern about the human rights situation in India. I don't think we have dealt with issues in the past at the subcommittee around the citizenship law and recent communal violence. Just given the large South Asian diaspora communities here in Canada, there is a lot of interest in that, and there's a particular opportunity for Canadian engagement on that.
At the same time, the criticism is always that, if we talk about human rights in India, why aren't we talking about Pakistan? I wonder if we could establish that as an area of focus on human rights in South Asia. We could look at minority rights and other human rights issues in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well. There are growing concerns about that. We could have a few meetings on each. It would give us an opportunity both to talk about some of the specific issues and specific countries and also to look at whether there are broader regional trends. Again, I think the way Canada is seen through these diaspora connections creates some good opportunities for us to have a voice maybe in a region that we haven't been as engaged with in the past on some of the human rights stuff. That's one idea.
My other idea is that there's a lot of discussion in this committee and elsewhere about the question of genocide and genocide recognition. I think we could do a study here specifically about Canada's mechanisms for genocide recognition and response. Are we equipped to identify early warning signs of genocide? How do we go about recognizing past or present genocides? What are the processes within our government triggered by a declaration? I think that, just by looking at how we identify and respond to genocide at a general level, we could do some really good work. Rather than just looking at specific cases, we could evaluate that as a broader topic.
View David Sweet Profile
CPC (ON)
Following routine motions, I assume this is happening, but just in case. You know what they say, “If you assume, you make an ass of you and me”, and I don't want to do that. For all these ideas that were pushed out, they're recorded, so can we get them and consider them before we go to our first business meeting.
View David Sweet Profile
CPC (ON)
Yes, that's good. I was going to do that anyway. I don't know if there's a ruling that we have to do that after routine motions. I would move that we go in camera. I have a couple of other issues regarding our meetings going forward that I'd like to discuss.
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
With respect, we have just started to see the tip of the iceberg with chiefs speaking this morning, and with only one round of questions, I had no time. I've been a former chair.
I think it warrants more witnesses, especially to hear a more fulsome conversation, being that this is—with the exception of the collapse in the markets and the rest of it—the issue of the day. People want to hear what's being done about it.
I would propose.... We talked about six meetings, but it went down to one. I think we need to do some more. I know time is short, though.
View Jamie Schmale Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
I do agree with Bob. I understand what Pam is saying, as well, regarding the conversation that needs to happen internally.
Having said that, we have a constituency week next week. We have the ministers this Thursday. That would give almost two weeks' space before our next meeting, which would be March 20-something.
View Jamie Schmale Profile
CPC (ON)
Recognizing what Pam has said, that does give that two-week leeway. I agree with Mr. Zimmer in terms of the amount of time we had to question. Unfortunately we just got one round, and I know things were busy and this isn't to blame anyone. I think it was a good conversation, but I think it has to continue.
Having said that, I guess it's up to our friends in the Bloc and NDP and what they want, too, so I'd like to hear from them as well.
View Jamie Schmale Profile
CPC (ON)
Do we need to vote to suspend the current study, or is that a decision of the chair? If not, I do have a quick motion on the food security study. I don't know if we have to finish before we start a new one.
View Jamie Schmale Profile
CPC (ON)
Yes. Sorry, Chair, I know the time is tight, but I'd like to move a motion that all witness lists be presented to the committee as submitted, not just the list that was produced by the Library. I think we need clarification and more information on who was chosen and who was not. I put forward the motion that the lists of all witnesses submitted by all parties be tabled to the committee.
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