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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Yes, thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I imagine the hiring has brought down overtime, as you said. Reduced overtime means reduced costs. Does that help somewhat?
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Ms. Labrecque-Riel, I'd like to congratulate you for your high-quality brief. When I looked it over to prepare for the meeting, I found that your needs were well documented. I saw that you took care to stay within your financial and performance parameters, and that you were also sensitive to the conditions of those working on your teams.
Could you explain to us what impact a new managerial position will have on reducing employee overtime?
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you. You will have our support. I very much agree with your request.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
I have a short question about procedure. We have 12 minutes left, and I'd like to know what items should be discussed and adopted so that these people can function. What do we need to do before adjourning?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Items four and five, you say?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
First of all, it says here that about half of the front lawn will remain in place to allow public access and activities during the project. Obviously, the upcoming Canada Day celebrations will be the last to be held on the Hill for a while - you are all invited to come, by the way - because they take up a lot of space.
It seems that we will still be able to hold activities in the remaining space. How many people, approximately, can this space accommodate? What type of activities will be possible?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
I guess we can have that list of the plans...?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
My next question is about the palisade on the site, which looks pretty, from what I see. Have you consulted with the Mayor of Ottawa or Ottawa Tourism about this palisade, which does have a significant visual effect?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
You are saying that most stakeholders and people who are concerned, like the mayor and others, would be comfortable with one of the concepts. Okay. Thank you.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you very much, Mr. Paquette. It's a pleasure to see you again.
I tried everything I could to get away from this place, but I'm back.
You say that you provide money to other departments. Is that correct? Does that explain part of the increases? Will the recovery of those funds be faster in that case?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
What kinds of services do you provide?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
That was budgeted, and the money has come in.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay.
I haven't been here in a while. Are there still collective agreement negotiations that could have an impact on the increases requested in the coming years?
I will also put my last question to you right away. I presume that this report will become public at some point. If so, when will it be made public?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
When will the report be made public?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
I was talking about this report, the year-end financial report.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay.
Thank you.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
I just have two general questions.
You said you have looked at what is being done elsewhere in other parliaments.
Can you tell me which ones? I assume they are mostly parliaments of industrialized countries?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Have you seen any cases where non-attendance is allowed for paternity, for a period of time?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
How much time were they given?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
That could be the case.
I want to bring up a very rare hypothetical case. What would happen if a member became a parent one month before the end of their term?
That individual would not run in the election and would not return afterwards.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Let's say we are talking about four months. That individual becomes a father or a mother one month before the end of the electoral term. They would not return afterwards.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
It would strictly concern sitting days. Okay.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I would like to thank Mr. Patrice and Mr. Aubé for their hard work. I think this is a time when we're all kind of singing with the same voice. I think we're all in agreement that the transition, the move here, went very well. There were some growing pains, and it took us all a while to figure out where to go, where the bathrooms were and where the committees were. Sometimes I don't get lost, but I have to make sure that I'm heading in the right direction.
I just want to thank you for all your hard work and the fact that we were able to get back here fast after the break. I think we all really appreciated it. Also, on the pace with which you moved to resolve some of the concerns we did have, I want to say thank you for that, too.
I agree that there needs to be a working group that works with MPs, because who knows who's going to be here after October. I think it's important, because this is our workplace, that it does fit and it does work for us, and obviously for Canadians and people who come from around the world to see our Parliament.
One concern that I do have—and I think there was a story in the CBC—is about the interpreters and the sound acoustic shocks that some of the people working on the Hill have suffered. I think we're all very thankful for and very aware of the important work that our interpreters do, so we have to make sure, on Parliament Hill and in committees, that when there are phone conferences, our interpreters are protected and have the proper equipment to make sure the acoustic shocks are being limited.
I don't know if this is the place to do it, but I think we need to have some information about that, about what kind of work progress has been done. I don't know if this is the forum for it or not, but I think it's important that we get an update to make sure that these people are being protected.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
As I understand it, the equipment that we have right now in West Block, in the new committee rooms and the House of Commons, will all have to be replaced.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
So all the stations have this new technology that limits—
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay. Sometimes it does happen to us when we're in the House. Somebody gets up for a question or a speech, and I think they put their—
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
It's the feedback, and that kind of hits us. I know there's one case that you guys are aware of, and I think that was made public, but I think there might be possibilities of other cases where people who have been working in this type of environment for 10, 15 or 20 years have come to deal with certain health issues over the years.
Would it be of importance that, if interpreters have concerns, they do come forward and raise them?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I would like to thank Mr. Giroux and Mr. Paquette for their presentation.
I would like to say that the comments that I have gotten back from my constituents, after we went to colour, have been very positive. I think people appreciate getting news from their members of Parliament, and I think the way we're doing it is a lot more interesting to them.
Given the concerns raised by Candice and Mark, I don't know if there's an appetite from other members of the committee to see what it would be like to review some of the ten percenters or householders that have been refused, or ads that have been refused. I don't know if that is a possibility. I don't know what a review would look like. I don't know if there's an appetite from other members to look into this. I think this happens frequently. It hasn't been a big concern for our caucus. I don't know if there's an appetite from members of the board to look at this. I would like some more information, maybe some feedback, if a review is requested, on what that could look like.
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