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Andrew Wilson
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Andrew Wilson
2020-02-18 15:34
Honourable members of the committee, I see a quorum.
I must inform members that the clerk of the committee can receive motions only for the election of the chair. The clerk cannot receive other types of motions and cannot entertain points of order or participate in debate.
We can now proceed to the election of the chair. Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the chair must be a member of the government party.
I'm ready to receive motions for the chair.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Clerk, I would like to nominate my fellow Class of 2011 member, Sean Casey, to be chair.
Andrew Wilson
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Andrew Wilson
2020-02-18 15:35
Are there any further motions?
(Motion agreed to)
The Clerk: I declare the motion carried and Mr. Casey duly elected chair of the committee.
I invite Mr. Casey to take the chair.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:36
Thank you very much, colleagues.
Thank you, Mr. Albas.
He really dispensed with the suspense by introducing me as a fellow member of the Class of 2011, because at the time I was elected, I was one-half of the Liberal Class of 2011, and now I'm it.
Having served in that capacity in the third party, I have an appreciation for where Ms. Gazan and Ms. Chabot and Mr. Manly sit. I will do my darndest to be fair and to keep the committee moving as well as it can.
Thank you, everyone.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
The Chair: The next item on the agenda is the election of the vice-chairs.
Mr. Long.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Chair.
Good afternoon to everybody.
I would like to nominate Stephanie Kusie to be first vice-chair.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:37
Thank you, Mr. Long.
Are there any other motions?
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: I declare the motion carried and Stephanie Kusie first vice-chair of the committee.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
The Chair: Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the second vice-chair must be a member of an opposition party other than the official opposition.
I am now prepared to receive motions for the second vice-chair.
Mr. Turnbull.
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Lib. (ON)
View Ryan Turnbull Profile
2020-02-18 15:37
I'd like to nominate Louise Chabot for second vice-chair.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:38
Thank you, Mr. Turnbull.
Are there any other motions?
(Motion agreed to)
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:38
I declare the motion carried and Louise Chabot duly elected second vice-chair of the committee.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:38
Mr. Long.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Chair.
Congratulations to our chair and our vice-chairs.
I have some routine motions that I would like to bring forward to the committee, Mr. Chair.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:39
Please proceed.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you.
Regarding the analysts, I move:
That the committee retain, as needed and at the discretion of the chair, the services of one or more analysts from the Library of Parliament to assist it in its work.
(Motion agreed to)
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Regarding a subcommittee on agenda and procedure, I move:
That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of five (5) members: the chair and one member from each party; and that the subcommittee work in the spirit of collaboration.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:40
Before we deal with this, let me say that I made what is my first noticeable mistake by failing to invite the analysts to join us here in their chairs. Now that they're authorized to do so, let's do that.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
The Chair: All right. You've heard the motion with respect to the subcommittee on agenda and procedure. Is there any discussion?
Mr. Albas.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
I just want to say thank you to all the members for their service as well as the clerks and analysts. I look forward to a healthy session.
In regard to the specific subcommittee on agenda and procedure, I want to put it clearly on the record that I believe the subcommittees have been a tremendous waste of time, in my experience. The simple reason is that the subcommittee has to meet outside, and whatever they bring here has to be ratified by the committee.
I'm just putting it on notice right now that if the chair and the various vice-chairs find that it's useful and productive, then I don't think we'll have an issue. I do think, though, that it's important to state very early that whatever they do has to be ratified by us. Quite honestly, sometimes it's just easier to hammer out these details with everyone here. You can get a consensus, and if you need to, you can take two minutes away to just check the mood of your members.
Quite honestly, I think it would save a lot of time and effort, and also taxpayers' money, because we have all these people who have to be involved in recording those things. I'm just noting it for the record.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:41
Are there any other interventions? Are we ready for the question?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
I want to make one comment to ensure that I fully understand this issue. Do we want to eliminate subcommittees and keep carrying out our work in the committee? Is that the meaning of the proposal?
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:42
Mr. Albas, do you want to respond?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
I misunderstood, and that's why I want some clarification.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Right now, the committee must address Mr. Long's motion. I want to share my—
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:42
—concerns?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Yes. I have some concerns. I just want to see the committee move smoothly.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:43
Are there any other questions?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
No. Thank you.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:43
Okay.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair—
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:43
We have not yet voted on this. All in favour of the subcommittee motion presented by Mr. Long...?
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: Mr. Long.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Regarding reduced quorum, I move:
That the chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence and to have that evidence printed when a quorum is not present, provided that at least four (4) members are present, including one member of the opposition and one member of the government, but when travelling outside the parliamentary precinct, that the meeting begin after fifteen (15) minutes, regardless of members present.
Thank you.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:43
Is there any discussion?
(Motion agreed to)
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Regarding the questioning of witnesses, I move:
That witnesses be given ten (10) minutes for their opening statement; that, at the discretion of the chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated six (6) minutes for the first questioner of each party as follows: Conservative Party; Liberal Party; Bloc Québécois; New Democratic Party. For the second and subsequent rounds, the order and time for questioning be as follows: Conservative Party, five (5) minutes; Liberal Party, five (5) minutes; Conservative Party, five (5) minutes; Liberal Party, five (5) minutes; Bloc Québécois, two and a half (2.5) minutes; New Democratic Party, two and a half (2.5) minutes.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:45
Is there any discussion?
(Motion agreed to)
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Regarding document distribution, I move:
That the clerk of the committee be authorized to distribute documents to members of the committee only when the documents are available in both official languages and that witnesses be advised accordingly.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:46
Is there any discussion?
(Motion agreed to)
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Regarding working meals, I move:
That the clerk of the committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide working meals for the committee and its subcommittees.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:46
Is there any discussion?
(Motion agreed to)
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Regarding witnesses' expenses, I move:
That, if requested, reasonable travel, accommodation and living expenses be reimbursed to witnesses not exceeding two (2) representatives per organization; provided that, in exceptional circumstances, payment for more representatives be made at the discretion of the chair.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:47
Mr. Vis.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
I think it's important, with all of the great technology installed in the parliamentary precinct, that our committee does its very best to use the electronic services available to us before spending copious amounts of money on witness travel. We already have the technology in place.
Thank you.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:47
Thank you.
Mr. Albas.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Just to follow up on my colleague's point, the first priority should be that if you're in an urban centre where it can be accommodated, where you can speak by teleconference call or by video conference, that's great. I also want to recognize that there are parts of this country that do not easily lend themselves to that. I really want to reiterate the importance of respecting taxpayers' dollars. I just would ask the chair to work with the clerks as judiciously as possible.
Perhaps we can have a comparison down the road, when budgets are brought to us, of how many people have been scheduled by teleconference call versus by travel. Breaking those things out keeps it top of mind for all of us and helps us do our job.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Chair, I would agree with both of the members opposite on their statements. I will say, certainly from my experience last time, that I think there were many examples of where an in-person witness was much more powerful and effective.
To your point, we should take each one on a case-by-case basis. If we can use technology, we should certainly do that to reduce costs.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:48
Okay. Are you ready for the question?
(Motion agreed to)
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Regarding staff at in camera meetings, I move:
That, unless otherwise ordered, each committee member be allowed to have one staff member at an in camera meeting and that one additional person from each House officer's office be allowed to be present.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:49
Is there any discussion?
(Motion agreed to)
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Regarding in camera meeting transcripts, I move:
That one copy of the transcript of each in camera meeting be kept in the committee clerk's office for consultation by members of the committee or by their staff.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:50
Is there any discussion?
(Motion agreed to)
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
The next is regarding notices of motions. Before I read this, I'll add that this one is extremely important. I know we certainly had discussions about this in the last session.
I move:
That forty-eight (48) hours' notice, interpreted as two (2) nights, shall be required for any substantive motion to be considered by the committee, unless the substantive motion relates directly to business then under consideration, provided that (1) the notice be filed with the clerk of the committee no later than 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday; that (2) the motion be distributed to members in both official languages by the clerk on the same day the said notice was transmitted if it was received no later than the deadline hour; and that (3) notices received after the deadline hour or on non-business days be deemed to have been received during the next business day and that when the committee is travelling on official business, no substantive motions may be moved.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:51
Is there any discussion?
Mr. Albas.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Being from British Columbia, I would hate to see me wanting to send things in at 6:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, just with the time delay. Can we please make sure it says that Eastern Standard Time 4:00 p.m. would be the cut-off time, just so we're all on the same playing ground?
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:52
I consider that to be a friendly amendment.
Do you agree?
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Yes, for sure.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
It should actually be the other way around. It would come in earlier.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
We'll stick with Eastern time.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:52
For the sake of good form, is there any discussion on the amendment?
Ms. Gazan.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
View Leah Gazan Profile
2020-02-18 15:52
Thank you, and congratulations, Mr. Chair.
I want to just make an amendment to the motion that any motion to go in camera should be debatable and amendable, and that the committee may only meet in camera for the following purposes: (a) to discuss administrative matters of the committee, (b) a draft report, (c) briefings concerning national security, and furthermore, minutes of in camera meetings should reflect on the results of all votes taken by the committee while in camera, including how each member voted when a recorded vote is requested.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:53
Ms. Gazan, I'm not sure that's an amendment to the motion on the floor. Once we're finished dealing with this one, it would be appropriate for you to introduce that as a motion afresh.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
View Leah Gazan Profile
2020-02-18 15:53
Sorry, I'm a newbie.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-02-18 15:53
No, it's fine.
What we have before the committee now is a motion to amend the motion, to add a reference to Eastern Standard Time.
Is there any discussion on the amendment?
Mr. Housefather.
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