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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Now that everyone's here and we're all connected, let's get started.
Before starting, I want to welcome our new members.
Mr. Richards, welcome.
Welcome, Mr. Deltell.
We'll go through the previous minutes. Are there any changes to be made? Is everything good and acceptable?
It's ready to go.
We'll go on to item 2, business arising from previous minutes. Is there anything coming up from business?
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. LeBlanc, can you hear me?
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View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
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2020-10-08 11:19
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Yes.
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Comb your hair, would you?
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View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
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2020-10-08 11:19
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My problem, Mr. Rodriguez, is I don't have 10 bottles of hairspray like you. This being Mr. Deltell's first meeting, we should tell him that, in Quebec, it's the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec that pays for hairspray, since it's considered an innovation.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
It's too bad he doesn't have his mask on. I'm talking about Mr. LeBlanc, not Mr. Deltell. Let's carry on.
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View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
2020-10-08 11:19
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You walked right into that, Mr. Chair.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. LeBlanc, we're moving on.
Item 3 is ratification of a walkaround. Everybody had a chance to vote.
Was everyone able to vote all right? There didn't seem to be any problems.
Now we have a report....
To the Conservatives, you have two new members.
Mr. Richards, can I get your attention for a second?
For the Conservatives, you have two new people. Do you have an official spokesman whom you would like to name to replace Mr. Strahl?
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View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
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2020-10-08 11:20
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I think I reluctantly agreed to be the spokesman.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Mr. Richards will be the official spokesman for the Conservative Party.
Now we're on to number 4. We have a presentation by Mr. Stanton from the working group on the Centre Block.
Go ahead, Mr. Stanton.
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
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2020-10-08 11:20
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Good morning, Mr. Chair. Thank you.
Fellow members, good morning.
I'm here today as chair of the working group on the long term vision and plan, or LTVP, to update the board on the work that's been done since our last meeting and to seek endorsement of our recommendation regarding parliamentarians' involvement in the jury for the architectural design competition being organized by Public Services and Procurement Canada, or PSPC, for the redevelopment of Block 2.
Before I discuss the recommendation regarding Block 2, I'd like to provide a brief update on our last meeting, which was held on August 13.
First, PSPC presented its public engagement strategy for the LTVP, encompassing the development and launch of a public survey. The working group is in overall agreement on the proposed strategy to engage Canadians on Parliament and asked PSPC to get back to the group with more detailed information.
Second, the House of Commons administration presented high-level options for the Parliament Welcome Centre entrance and answered questions. Stakeholders will need to review the options in detail, and the working group will continue to be involved in the review before making a recommendation to the board.
Next is the third item we dealt with. We heard from the House with respect to updates and had some schematic designs and proposals for the chamber, lobbies and galleries in Centre Block. PSPC answered some questions around that. There will be further discussions at our next meeting with regard to lobbies and galleries. Once we've had a chance to look at those a little further, we'll be back to the board with some recommendations and something more detailed for you to look at.
As a final point before I get into the issue of Block 2, all members of the working group have now received complete detailed briefings on the schematic designs for the entirety of Centre Block and the welcome centre. We're looking forward to having further discussions on how the parliamentary requirements fit into all that. I would say that after two meetings, we're making some great progress and we're anticipating getting back together later this month. After we see what comes from that, we'll have some further things for you to discuss.
The only real issue on which we need to hear from you today is with respect to a design competition. What's happening here is that the PSPC briefed the working group on their approach to procuring an architectural design consultant team for the Block 2 new buildings, which will accommodate parliamentary space in the future.
Now, you may not know where Block 2 is. We didn't either. That's the space bound by Wellington Street, Sparks Street, Metcalfe Street and O'Connor Street. It's immediately across Wellington Street from Centre Block. Currently in the planning phase for this Block 2, PSPC is proceeding with a competitive process—it's a major undertaking—and launching an architectural design competition for that. It's a competition that will allow them to choose a team that has the right kind of capability and that is appropriate for a project of this scale and significance.
PSPC has also brought in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, RAIC, to oversee this competition process. I'm sure their role will be greatly valued. The institute and PSPC will together select an independent qualified professional jury for this competition process. The jury will look at all of the proposals submitted and will come down to first-, second- and third-place proposals. As part of that jury composition, the working group was pitched the idea of having parliamentarian participation in that jury process. We looked at three different scenarios as to how that might work. After some discussion, it was agreed that the working group recommend to you that in relation to this whole process, the chair of the working group—I, in this case—be designated as a juror representing the House of Commons in that jury process.
That's really what you have in front of you today. The idea was to make sure we have continuity with parliamentarian voices through the working group and into that process for Block 2. I'm therefore seeking your approval that in relation to this design competition for Block 2, the chair of the working group be designated as the juror representing the House of Commons.
I would be pleased to answer any questions you have and to provide more details on what I've just discussed.
Thank you.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
I believe Mr. Julian has a question for Mr. Stanton. I'm starting a list, so let me know if you have a question.
Mr. Julian, you may go ahead.
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View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Stanton, thank you very much for the report.
Of course, I'm in favour of designating the chair of the working group to sit on the jury.
The coronavirus has had an impact on a lot of projects across the country, so I'm wondering if there are any updated figures that you could give us or if you can let us know when you think the working group would be able to do that.
Thank you.
My question is very simple: Are there any updated budget figures around the overall projects?
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
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2020-10-08 11:28
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Thank you, Mr. Julian.
I think we didn't get into budget elements with respect to Block 2. I will look to Michel Patrice. He may have some insights on it that he could share with us. At this point we were only taken up with the proposals around a design competition. As you may well know, this is part of a much more long-term.... So many of these parts of the long-term vision plan are so integrated that these things do come before us as a working group as well.
Michel, I wonder if you have any further insights that we could share with Mr. Julian on that question.
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