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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We're going to start the agenda, item number one, the minutes from the previous meeting—I just want to check—from February 25, 2021.
Are they okay?
We are in order—I see heads nodding—so we will move on.
Let's proceed with item 2 on the agenda, business arising from the previous meeting. For your information, we are looking at resource utilisation for parliamentary events, audio headsets for virtual Parliament, and technical observations on hybrid proceedings and information concerning committee witnesses.
Mrs. DeBellefeuille, you have the floor.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
First, I would like to thank those who worked on the dashboard requested at the last meeting. I read it carefully. I would like to thank Mr. Janse's team, who probably worked with the IT team to compile the data. The dashboard shows that 90% of the witnesses now participate in technical tests, and this has certainly had a positive impact on the work of the committees. There are far fewer technical difficulties and interpretation issues. So it's satisfying and reassuring to see that, when we make an effort to put a solution in place, it pays off. So I think it was a good decision to ask for technical tests, and we see that it is a success.
I'd like to ask a quick question, for personal interest, regarding the headset purchases. A lot of headsets were purchased initially and given to members and staff. However, how many witnesses were there, and how many of them received headsets?
The dashboard says that headsets cannot always be delivered on time because witnesses are often called at the last minute. Perhaps I missed it when I looked at the tables, but I would like to know how many headsets were purchased and how many reached the witnesses on time.
Is that figure available?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We will ask. I don't know who has that information.
Stéphan Aubé
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Stéphan Aubé
2021-03-25 11:10
I can give the answer, Mr. Speaker.
We sent out 834 headsets and there were a total of 2,120 witnesses.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Can you tell me the percentage?
Stéphan Aubé
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Stéphan Aubé
2021-03-25 11:10
Let me do the math quickly.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Stéphan Aubé
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Stéphan Aubé
2021-03-25 11:10
It's 834, which is almost 40%, Mrs. DeBellefeuille.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
So, 40% of the witnesses received headsets.
Stéphan Aubé
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Stéphan Aubé
2021-03-25 11:10
That's right, Mrs. DeBellefeuille.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
So, 40% of the witnesses received their headsets on time. However, the technical tests have helped us understand that the key is not only the headset, but especially the quality of the microphone. This means that some witnesses who did not receive headsets are encouraged to use their personal microphones to have better sound for the interpreters.
Is that correct?
Stéphan Aubé
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Stéphan Aubé
2021-03-25 11:11
That is correct, Mrs. DeBellefeuille. The technical tests enable us to check whether the microphones the witnesses will use are good enough for them to participate in our meetings. That's what the technical tests allow us to do. We can identify those issues, and if we do the technical tests early in the day, we can notify the witnesses if their microphones do not meet our standards. For example, Apple AirPods are not suitable. We are not saying the microphone is not good, but Bluetooth technology is less recommended for our meetings because we want to protect our interpreters.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
Thank you very much.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Are there any comments on the second item?
Mr. Richards, do you have a comment on item number two?
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