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View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I have one last comment. I'm not trying to prolong the meeting. I know the honourable members may have questions for the witnesses, but I need you or the clerk to clarify something for me, please.
On Monday, just before the vote, I asked a question. I checked the transcript to make sure I was remembering correctly, and here's what I said.
I want to make sure that we are all agreeing on the same thing: we are going to hear from the experts after we have heard from the two Ministers. That order is important, because the experts will be reacting to the Ministers' comments.I see nodding.I just want to make sure that, if, for any particular reason, the Liberals are not able to convince the Ministers to be here on Friday, they will come on Monday and the meeting with the experts will simply be put back.
After that, I said thank you, because I could see members nodding.
Then, Mr. Chair, you said this:
“I don't need to repeat that, correct? I see enough nodding heads around the room. It's a critical mass of nods, if I could use the term, to proceed in that way.”
I just want to make sure that I am clear on what all the members of the committee agreed on.
Once we get the information from you, Mr. Chair, and once all those who wish to comment have, we can proceed and hear from the witnesses who are here today.
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View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to respond to what Ms. McPherson said. The biggest delay is due to the fact that we cannot move forward as long as the minister has not appeared.
If the Liberals genuinely want to move this bill forward, they will make sure the Minister of Justice appears before the committee for one hour. Point 3 of the motion clearly stipulates that clause-by clause consideration will be suspended until the committee has heard from both ministers. Points 1 and 2 have to be completed in order for us to resume clause-by-clause consideration of the bill.
It's hard to set a stricter time limit than that. It's quite surprising that the minister isn't here today.
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View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I find it incredible that the committee has to include a note stating that it must hear from the minister before hearing from the experts. If we must, we must.
I repeat, I checked the transcript from Monday's meeting. I did indeed go to the trouble of asking all the committee members before we voted. Everyone agreed before the vote. I asked the question explicitly to be certain I understood what we were voting on. I asked whether we would be hearing from both ministers before hearing from the experts. No one objected. No one made a single comment. I even pointed out that everyone had nodded their head. With all due respect, Mr. Chair, even you pointed it out.
It's fine to repeat it, but I do want to point out to everyone that that was what we had agreed on. I have the transcript in front of me. Even though we all received it, I can email it to anyone who may have doubts.
I wanted to make that clear, Mr. Chair.
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