We have quorum, and I call to order meeting number two of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration for committee business. We don't have a gavel today, so I will just be speaking.
I request that all individuals present in this room please follow the public health advice to wear a mask and follow physical distancing. If you are sitting in your chair, you can take it off, but if you go out or walk around, please wear a mask. We all have to follow this protocol.
This is a hybrid meeting. Some members are present here in the parliamentary precinct and other members are appearing remotely.
I want to remind all members to please speak at a pace slow enough for the interpreters to keep up. At the last meeting, we had problems with interpretation, so in order to give the interpreters the time they need to translate, do not speak over one another.
The clerk is attending virtually and is tracking raised hands and keeping a list.
Pursuant to the order adopted by the House on September 23, all questions shall be decided by a recorded vote, except for those decided unanimously or on division. All votes will be recorded.
The meeting is being broadcast and is available on ParlVU.
With regard to the calendar, the clerk has just distributed a calendar with possible meetings. The meeting schedule is determined by the whips of all the parties, so based on the present situation, we will have meeting number three on October 27.
As of the week of November 2, there can be two meetings or one meeting per week. That will be based on what the whips agree on, so after today's meeting, there can be 10 meetings if we have two meetings after next week, or we could have six meetings. Based on that, we will develop our calendar.
In addition to that, I just want to let everyone know that if we decide on a study to be undertaken, for everyone's information, the distribution of witnesses is based on the proportion of committee members, so that will be based on the seats we have: 50% Liberal, 30% Conservative, 10% Bloc and 10% NDP.
If the committee agrees to commence a study, then let us please make sure that all the parties submit their witness lists to the clerk, including witnesses' contact information and the order of priority, not later than 4 p.m. on Monday, October 26, providing that the clerk contacts Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to send officials to appear on Tuesday, October 27, if we start the meetings.
All witnesses we decide on will appear remotely. No witnesses can be here in person.
I also want to remind members that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has offered to appear remotely and to provide the committee with a briefing session on the department's mandate and activities. It is up to the will of all members if they want to have a complete meeting for that. The other option, if everyone agrees, is to have an informal meeting, which can be arranged based on everyone's availability. It will be up to members to make a decision.
Going back now to where we left off at the time of adjournment of the last meeting, the committee was debating the motion of Ms. Dancho to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the immigration system, and the amendment of Mr. Dhaliwal to amend the motion in paragraph 1. The text of the motion and the amendment were published in the minutes of meeting number one.
These are some of the things I wanted to remind members of. Now I will open the floor for the meeting today.
Go ahead, Mr. Dhaliwal.