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View Pauline Picard Profile
BQ (QC)
Welcome, Mr. Gibbins.
I am in favour of the abolition of the Senate. I do not believe in a second chamber. I believe that the House of Commons is capable of taking charge of its own responsibilities.
You stated earlier that Bill C-20 was a small step in the right direction. You however see in it elements that to your mind are inconceivable. You stated that after the holding of an election for senators, the Prime Minister could decide to snap his fingers at democracy and appoint someone else. This, to your mind, is inconceivable. You say that we are attempting to do something through the back door. Most constitutional lawyers have told us exactly the same thing. You also underscored the fact that the provinces would not be consulted. In the end, with Bill C-20, no one would be consulted; legislation devised for Lord knows what would simply be imposed. Furthermore, it will be very difficult to enforce.
What is that small step on the road to reform that Bill C-20 offers and that you mentioned earlier?
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BQ (QC)
Could the recognition of the Quebec nation by the House of Commons change something? Could that provide a veto right to Quebec?
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BQ (QC)
Mr. Whyte would like to make a comment.
View Pauline Picard Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I would like to say that I am very sorry that we showed a lack of respect for you. This opinion is not shared by all committee members. Please accept our apologies.
Talking about constitutional law is quite complex when one is not a constitutional lawyer. Nonetheless, I have made note of some of the things you mentioned. One was that in order for this bill to be approved, Quebec's consent would absolutely be required. You said it would be very difficult to amend the Constitution without Quebec's consent. I know that the provinces must also agree to amend the Constitution, but I would like to know which part could mean that Quebec's amendments would delay matters a great deal.
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BQ (QC)
No, thank you, Madam Chair.
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BQ (QC)
Good afternoon, Mr. Mayrand.
If I understand correctly, some Senate seats could remain vacant for almost four years, unless the government establishes a bank of nominees in order to fill those positions. Would that be possible, in your opinion?
View Pauline Picard Profile
BQ (QC)
According to the bill, a party would have to register as a third party if it wants to promote a nominee by means of advertising, and its expenses would be subject to the same limits as those that apply to third parties in elections for the House of Commons. A little earlier, you talked about expenses, but you did not mention that particular aspect.
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BQ (QC)
And they would be subject to the same limits as someone running for office in the House of Commons.
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BQ (QC)
You mentioned a little earlier that implementing a system such as this could take from two to three years.
Mr. Marc Mayrand: At least three years.
Ms. Pauline Picard: At least three years; I see. When your system is in place and is running smoothly, a federal or provincial election will have to be called in order to activate it, is that correct?
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BQ (QC)
Certainly, with new technologies, harmonization may be possible. In the coming years, do you foresee any potential complications or errors, given that it is a new system? Do you have a reference with other countries who use exactly the same process?
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BQ (QC)
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BQ (QC)
Have you had any discussions with the people responsible for running it?
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BQ (QC)
I would like to raise two points, Mr. McDougall. In subsection 54(1) of the bill, it says:
54. (1) […] the nominee having obtained the smallest number of votes shall be eliminated from subsequent counts.
I would like clarification with respect to your response to questions from my colleague, Mr. Paquette, and Ms. Folco. I don't know whether it was a mistake or not, but you say that the votes are transferred to nominees ranked second, third and fourth, whereas in the bill, it says that the nominee having obtained the smallest number of votes shall be eliminated—in other words, starting from the bottom.
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