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View Michael Cooper Profile
CPC (AB)
I think you anticipate what's coming, Mr. Chair. Thank you very much.
We had inquired about the Minister of Finance's availability. It was suggested by you, Mr. Chair, that the minister appear this week. Apparently, due to scheduling issues, that is not going to happen. As a result, I would like to move the following:
That the committee invite the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, to appear before the committee for a two-hour televised meeting regarding pre-budget consultations and that he appear no later than Thursday, February 6, 2020.
View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2020-02-04 15:32
I have just a little bit of information. I've spoken to the minister and the associate minister of finance. The Minister of Finance isn't able to make it this week, given the tight timelines. The associate minister said she would make herself available. Our chairperson during the last segment indicated the hours. I think it was at eight o'clock tomorrow.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
It is standard practice during the pre-budget consultations to hear from the minister who is presenting the budget. I don't think this should be any different. In terms of having an associate minister come, that minister is not responsible for introducing the budget, presenting it to the House of Commons, or, for that matter, crafting it in the first place. We are the committee through which the budget will ultimately have to pass. This is the body that the House of Commons has delegated to examine budget matters. The man or woman putting together the budget should be the one to testify and hear directly from this committee on that matter.
I think Mr. Cooper has put forward a motion that is entirely reasonable. It is in keeping with conventional practice. It's not like we're flexing our minority Parliament muscles here by pressuring the government to offer up something that isn't typically done. It is typical for ministers to testify in person, themselves, without a delegate coming in their place. Let's just keep to the standard practice and bring the minister.
Thank you.
View Peter Fragiskatos Profile
Lib. (ON)
I would only add, Mr. Chair, that since we have seven organizations and witnesses, who have come from quite a distance in a few cases, we could take up this matter after the meeting and hear from the witnesses, who I know are anxious to offer input on budget 2020 and what it should look like.
View Peter Fragiskatos Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
Okay.
I understand there's no discussion on a tabling motion.
(Motion negatived [See Minutes of Proceedings])
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-02-04 15:37
Since you do have guests here, I was going to ask you to call the question. I think we should go ahead. The minister should be here and the Liberals can amend the date if they need to later on. This way it guarantees that the minister has to come, so it's serious. He can show up at a time that's convenient. If they have an alternate date, they can come back to the committee with that alternate date to amend the actual time.
I would ask you to call the question so we can hear from our witnesses.
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