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View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Order. We are now in the public session of the Board of Internal Economy meeting. We will go to the next item, which is the minutes of the previous meeting. Are they approved?
Go ahead, Mr. Strahl.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much.
Is there anything else?
With that information—
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
With that presentation, then, can we say the minutes are approved?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Hon. Geoff Regan: Thank you very much.
The next item is business arising from the previous meeting. Is there anything arising from the previous meeting?
Some hon. members: No.
Hon. Geoff Regan: Thank you.
Now we're at the seventh item on the agenda: the update from the members' working group on the LTVP.
We have quite a group here to present on that. Is it Ms. Sgro who will lead off?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Go ahead, Mr. Strahl.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Do we have copies of the presentation available for members?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
We have something. However, it doesn't include the list that you were starting to read. It sounded as though it would be a good list for us to have.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Yes, the guiding principles. We'd better let you carry on.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
No, just that if there are any questions, I think we'd be happy to answer them.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Go ahead, Mr. Strahl.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Go ahead, Mr. Julian.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Before I go to Ms. Block, this is listed on the agenda as an update. To what degree are you looking for a decision from the board?
Ms. Block had her hand up.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I appreciate your question, and it probably raises for me other questions I have about our role as a working group. I don't think it's for us to determine or suggest the decisions that this board needs to take on this question, but I wanted to concur with what my colleague has presented to you in regard to the things we deliberated on. I would just add that the option we are favouring is the second of three. There was an option to go with a smaller square footage, and also a larger one. We took the middle-of-the-road approach, knowing that there was the scalability that my colleague commented on.
I would also like to put on the record that I personally leaned heavily toward supporting the recommendation coming forward on what had been done by previous boards in regard to establishing this concept of a visitor welcome centre. I did not feel, as a member of a working group that's here to provide suggestions to decision-making bodies, that I would be willing to undo the work that had been done over the previous 20 years.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you.
We will go to Mr. Julian and then Ms. Bergen.
Wait, it's Monsieur Rodriguez. Let's not be confused about that.
I apologize.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Ms. Bergen is next.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Ms. Bergen, I think you've perceived the role precisely. You've stated accurately and exactly what it was intended to be.
I see Monsieur Patrice, and I don't know if Mr. Wright wants to comment as well to give the perspectives of the administration and of PSPC.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Then are you saying it's a way to ensure that members are involved and are being consulted as the process goes forward and the construction proceeds? Do I read you correctly as suggesting that the board ought to be inserting itself by giving its—I don't know if the word I want is “decision”—own input into certain aspects of this?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I see. We're the ones that state the requirements of the House of Commons, right?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Can we compare that to what the role of PSPC is, and the executive?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I'm sorry to interject, but with regard to the Senate, we've talked here about the board's expressing what the House's requirements are. Does the Senate's own committee—I forget the name of the committee, but it's comparable to this one—do the same thing? Is there an aspect of the space that we're talking about that relates to the needs of the Senate as opposed to the House, or is it more parliamentary, and both are considered together?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Ms. Sgro and Ms. Block wish to intervene. Then I'll go to Ms. Bergen and Mr. Strahl.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Before I go to Ms. Block, I think it is that you're there on behalf of members to convey members' concerns and to make sure that they're consulted. You are the voice of members in that process.
Go ahead, Ms. Block.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much.
I might go a step further than my colleague in describing some of the angst we probably felt in the last couple of meetings we've had. I do, at the front end, want to say that I have fully appreciated being brought in and being given the level of detail that we were provided. I think that there's a great group of people here working on this project, so we've relied heavily on, as I said, their expertise, as well as what's been done historically.
I would very respectfully suggest that if there is a standing committee that is made up of members from all parties who believe that perhaps they have a role to play in this process, and then there's a working group with three members representing all parties, it feels a little duplicative to me to have us meeting with these folks to sort of get our initial responses to some of these things and then bring that back to you. I'm questioning whether or not we have a layer here that is perhaps not necessary if we have a standing committee like PROC and then, of course, the BOIE, which ultimately is going to be the one making the decisions and which has great representation from every party on it already.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I'm not sure that we do make the ultimate decisions, except to say what we think the requirements of the House of Commons are. PSPC has to make construction decisions and so on.
By the way, what we're asked for today, and what the presentation asks for, is approval for a certain size of space to be enclosed by walls and in which the work can be carried out. Of course, that would allow for things of various sizes within that space later, right? That's all you're talking about.
At any rate, I have Ms. Bergen, Mr. Strahl and Mr. Julian.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Go ahead, Mr. Strahl.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
It's simply, I think, whether they can put up this wall of this size.
Mr. Julian has a different view. I'll go to him after Mr. Strahl.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Before I go to Mr. Julian, I would ask us to keep in mind how spread out the footprint of the precinct is now. Maybe in due course we could have a comment about whether part of this is intended to either limit that footprint in the future or bring it back a bit, which helps in a number of ways with efficiency, security, etc.
Go ahead, Mr. Julian.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Go ahead, Mr. Strahl.
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