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Lib. (PE)
At this point in time, I'd like to call the meeting to order. Bienvenue à tous.
This meeting is called pursuant to the Standing Orders, and the committee today is dealing with chapter 8, “Strengthening Aid Effectiveness—Canadian International Development Agency”, of the fall 2009 report of the Auditor General of Canada.
We are very pleased to have with us today, first of all, from the Office of the Auditor General, Richard Flageole, the Assistant Auditor General, accompanied by John Reed, Principal, and Dusan Duvnjak, Director. From the Canadian International Development Agency, we have the President and Accounting Officer, Margaret Biggs, accompanied by David Moloney, Executive Vice-President.
On behalf of the committee, I want to again welcome each of you to the meeting.
There is a possibility, members and witnesses, that the committee hearing may be suspended for a vote, but that would only take about 10 or 15 minutes. That's just a possibility. I don't know if it will happen or not. In any event, we have no control over that, so I'm going to call for opening statements.
I understand, Mr. Flageole, you'll be delivering the opening statement for the Office of the Auditor General. I turn the matter over to you right now.
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Lib. (PE)
Thank you very much, Mr. Flageole.
We're now going to hear from Ms. Biggs, from the agency.
Thank you very much.
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Lib. (PE)
Thank you very much, Ms. Biggs.
Just a couple of issues I want to address before we go to the first round.
First, I plan to stop at 5:15 and deal with the minutes from the steering committee on an issue arising from the steering committee during the last 15 minutes of our two hours allocated.
Secondly, you can take this in the nature of a pre-ruling, but it's a job of the chair to predict issues that may or may not come up during the questioning.
One issue that I predict might come up is KAIROS, which is a public debate. There are a number of findings and recommendations made regarding the performance targets, evaluations, focus, expectations, progress, and the expertise needed. If the decision not to fund relates specifically to a finding, I will allow the question. But I will not allow any discussion or questions dealing with the merits of the decision. That is a policy decision made by the government. This is not a continuation of question period; it's the public accounts committee, and any question of that nature will be ruled out of order by the chair.
You have seven minutes, Mrs. Crombie.
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Lib. (PE)
Sorry, on a point of order, Mr. Shipley.
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Lib. (PE)
Yes, it will give us ten minutes. We will go until 5:22. I'll stop at 5:10.
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Lib. (PE)
We'll go from 5:10 to 5:25.
You have seven minutes, Ms. Crombie.
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Lib. (PE)
There will be a 30-minute bell, so I'll suspend the meeting with five minutes left to go.
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Lib. (PE)
That's not my understanding.
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Lib. (PE)
The clerk's checking that.
View Shawn Murphy Profile
Lib. (PE)
Well, we're going to ask the clerk to check that. That's a change in the Standing Orders. I didn't know that.
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Lib. (PE)
Well, we're getting advice from the clerk on the issue.
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Lib. (PE)
The clerk has presented a copy of the new House of Commons Procedure and Practice, O'Brien and Bosc. I'll just quote it:
Pursuant to the Standing Orders, the Chair of a standing, special, legislative or joint committee is required to suspend the meeting when the bells are sounded to call in the Members to a recorded division in the House, unless there is unanimous consent of the members of the committee to continue to sit.
In this case, it's a 30-minute bell. I'm going to ask if there's unanimous consent. If there's not, then I'm going to have to follow the Standing Orders and suspend until the vote has been concluded and resume the meeting.
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Lib. (PE)
For five minutes before--
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Lib. (PE)
That's what I'm seeking, Mr. Christopherson.
Is there unanimous consent to continue the meeting until five minutes before the vote?
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Lib. (PE)
The rule is, Mr. Christopherson, I've asked for unanimous consent, and I do not have unanimous consent, so I have no authority to proceed any further.
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