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View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
CPC (AB)
I did. I just wanted to say thank you to all of the House of Commons IT staff who have been working very hard, including Joshua Lind, who helped me with my technical difficulties. I think we should give them a virtual round of applause.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
That's not a point of order, but I'm sure it's very much appreciated by all staff at this end.
We'll continue. We have two minutes and 25 seconds left.
Ms. Atwin, we'll let you continue with your line of questioning.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's excellent.
Could you provide us with any guidance that has been given to our staff who work on Parliament Hill? Were they given any direction with respect to working on the Hill, or should they be working remotely from home?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Where possible they should be working from home. We do have some essential services on the Hill, support to MPs and to the Hill. When we look at security services, there's a certain number. It's been reduced, but it's still there and providing security to members on the Hill.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
I have one other quick question, if I may. When the House is sitting, as it was yesterday, how many staff are required to be there as opposed to a non-sitting day like today?
Charles Robert
View Charles Robert Profile
Charles Robert
2020-04-21 11:46
Some technical staff and some procedural staff have to be there. There are some other support staff. We were in the neighbourhood of the upper fifties, in terms of personnel who were in place on the Hill to support the functions.
One point I may add to what the Speaker pointed to in terms of what the administration is doing is that we have a crisis management team that meets three times a week. We also have an incident management team and a communications program where we provide information to keep staff up to date. Now it's down to about a weekly communication, but it's as frequently as necessary.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Outside of this virtual setting, do you have a sense as to how many employees would be on the Hill at any given time when we're normally sitting?
Charles Robert
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Charles Robert
2020-04-21 12:09
My guess is that it's roughly 1,000 employees. In normal circumstances, there are about 1,000 employees. There are 338 members, and in most instances they have more than one employee.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
I'm talking specifically about staff of members of Parliament, but can you tell us what the direction has been in terms of any other parliamentary staff? Have they been told to stay home? Have they been told to work at home where possible?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Where possible, staff are instructed to work from home. There are staff members who have to come in because it is essential that they be on the Hill. Among the prime groups are security staff and cleaning staff and some of the top administration. Lately, with some of the work that's being done on the technical side, there are people on the IT end of things as well.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, with House administration, you're responsible for the staff who work in West Block and on the Hill, correct?
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