Evidence of meeting #27 for Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was commons.

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12:40 p.m.

Conservative

Blaine Calkins Wetaskiwin, AB

Madam Chair, I take a little bit of umbrage with the fact that you've made a decision on behalf of a member, present or otherwise.

The reality is that in the Standing Orders and the rules and procedures of this place, there is no such thing as a friendly amendment. If the honourable member across the floor wishes to propose an amendment to the motion, then he should be proposing an amendment. He is simply playing games, and they're childish games. We've seen these kinds of things from time to time, but the reality is that he either means his amendment and wants to propose it and debate it and discuss it before this committee, or he doesn't.

Madam Chair, I would be remiss in my duty as a member of Parliament to think that should I, as a regular member, not be at this committee some day and somebody were here in my stead, you would take a decision on my behalf when I wasn't here. I'm a little bit concerned with your comment.

12:40 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Jean Crowder

Mr. Calkins, I wasn't taking a decision on behalf of the member. But in the absence of the member, this motion will now be debated, because there is no ability for the member to provide consent for the amendment. I actually require—

12:40 p.m.

Conservative

Blaine Calkins Wetaskiwin, AB

You would need unanimous consent.

12:40 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Jean Crowder

I would require unanimous consent to accept that motion.

Do I have unanimous consent to agree to Mr. Andrews' motion?

12:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

12:40 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Jean Crowder

Mr. Andrews, continue with debate.

12:40 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Madam Chair, I would argue that we probably should suspend the committee until the mover of the motion returns to see whether this is friendly or not.

To Mr. Calkins' point of order, I'd just like to refresh his memory from about 25 minutes ago, when we had a friendly amendment from Mrs.—

12:45 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Jean Crowder

Mr. Andrews, let me interrupt.

I erred on that. I should have sought unanimous consent from the committee to agree to that change. Actually, Mr. Calkins is quite correct: there is no such thing as a “friendly amendment”. I apologize. The clerk has informed me that the decision could have gone to debate concerning the date, but we have moved beyond that.

So there is no such thing as a friendly amendment. Proceed on your motion to amend.

12:45 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Since we didn't have an opportunity to debate Ms. Davidson's motion on pushing this out until March 16, I'd like to come back to it. We didn't have an opportunity to even debate that, because we just thought it was a friendly amendment and that one could do friendly amendments to motions and carry on.

So I'm a little bit confused here, Madam Chair.

12:45 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Jean Crowder

Mr. Andrews, given that nobody challenged my acceptance of that amendment, it has now been decided.

I now have on the floor your motion to amend the amended motion of Mr. Del Mastro, so we can debate your amendment, which is before us.

12:45 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Okay. I'll come back to the amendment by Ms. Davidson afterwards.

It gets to the point of what government resources are being used for Twitter. These are not just House of Commons resources that are being used for government business. We have government members over there on their BlackBerrys as we speak, putting out tweets. Tweets are being used all over the place for government business, as such.

12:45 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Jean Crowder

We have a point of order from Mr. Dreeshen.

March 6th, 2012 / 12:45 p.m.

Conservative

Earl Dreeshen Red Deer, AB

On a point of order, I'm just curious. I see no one over here who is putting out tweets, and I think a comment like that is completely unnecessary.

12:45 p.m.

An hon. member

Unsubstantiated, just like everything else coming out--

12:45 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Jean Crowder

Mr. Andrews, would you continue with your motion, and perhaps don't make any references....