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View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Ms. Romanado.
Mr. Arnott, my question would be for you. I understand that you spent a long time in the Ontario legislature, dating back to 1990. You've seen a lot of people come and go since then, including somebody who shares the same last name I do, whom you probably got to know over the years. You've had an opportunity obviously to build camaraderie with individuals from across the way as well as with individuals within your own party.
We had some testimony prior to the two of you joining us to the effect that we would run the risk of not being able to create and build that camaraderie if we were to all suddenly engage in hybrid ways of communicating like this in which we wouldn't have the opportunity to mix and mingle, to sit down for lunch together and to talk amongst ourselves off-line so to speak. I'm curious, given your extensive time serving in the provincial legislature, as to whether you see that as a risk and, if you do, whether you provide any ways to try to mitigate that and to ensure it doesn't happen.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
To that end, if I may follow up on that, would you agree then that the general use of a hybrid Parliament, if it were to function on a permanent basis, should be reserved for the exception? Should it be reserved for when people are sick and cannot come, and should not be the default that people use but should be reserved and utilized for the exceptions, for when people need to use it for various different reasons, personal or professional?
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
With respect to Mr. Calkins' last question about ensuring security virtually, is the House in any way able to ensure that a member who participates in person in a committee meeting does not release any of that in camera information once they leave the committee room?
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
How do we ensure the credibility of committee meetings? Is it not based on the honour of the member being assumed?
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Aubé's response was specifically about how he is unable to determine what happens on the other end. If I am participating from my living room, he's unable to know if there's somebody out of the screenshot whom I have let listen in on a meeting.
In a similar vein, it's not possible to ensure that I don't leave a meeting that I personally have been involved in and share that information, right? To that end, all of our committee meetings, as with our proceedings in the House, are all based on the honour of the individual. Am I correct in that?
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Lib. (ON)
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Right. Of course, Madam Chair.
She is very, very good at this. Mr. Speaker, I would be concerned if I were you. I think she's eyeing your job.
My next question, Madam Chair, through you, would be with respect to....
I know that early on in the pandemic, when the hybrid provisions were implemented, there were a few incidents in which individuals immediately jumped at the opportunity to abuse that. For example, if I recall correctly, one member participated from Oklahoma—out of the country. Another member participated from a boat on Lake Simcoe, if I remember correctly.
I'm wondering if there's any way to be able to control that an individual is actually following the rules, i.e., participating from within Canada, which is what our rules state. Is there any way to ensure that, or, again, are we relying on the member to do the honourable thing, which is to obey the rules?
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Lib. (ON)
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
I think it's fair to say, through you, Madam Chair, whatever is adopted in a hybrid model we would look to apply in terms of an individual who is participating in the House. It needs to come from the same perspective of doing things in an honourable fashion as it would if they're doing it on hybrid.
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Lib. (ON)
Do I have any time left? I'll give it to Mr. Turnbull.
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Lib. (ON)
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Through you to the witnesses, I'm just looking for yes or no answers to my questions, if you find you can sufficiently answer with a yes or no. I'll try to be as quick as I can, so I can share my time with Mr. Turnbull.
On Thursday, February 17, the Parliamentary Protective Service erected an eight-foot-high construction fence along Wellington Street as part of the police operations that were being planned. Has that ever happened in the past? I'm wondering if Mr. Brookson knows.
View Mark Gerretsen Profile
Lib. (ON)
Sure, but it was on parliamentary property. I'm just curious if you're aware of whether or not it had ever happened in the past.
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Lib. (ON)
You're not aware of that.
On Friday, February 18, after a consultation with the Parliamentary Protective Service, as per the press release I'm looking at, the Speaker of the House of Commons and the leaders of the parties agreed to suspend the sitting day for Parliament, effectively postponing or putting on pause democracy in our country.
Are you aware of any other time in the past when our democratic institution has not been able to function, based on the advice of security?
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