Evidence of meeting #63 for Finance in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was workers.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Claude Poirier  President, Professional Serving Canadians Coalition, Canadian Association of Professional Employees
  • Tyler Sommers  Coordinator, Democracy Watch
  • Terrance Oakey  President, Merit Canada
  • Bob Linton  Director, Government and Political Affairs, United Food and Commerical Workers Union

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

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Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

—between the left and the right, between the Tea Partiers and the Occupiers and the.... There will be “peace in our time”.

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Conservative

The Chair James Rajotte

Okay. I'll rule on this one. As members know, both in the House and the committee they have wide latitude in terms of relevance. That's the way that Speakers have always applied that rule.

I did allow Ms. Nash's questions, even though I felt they were slightly beyond the scope of what we're discussing today or the bill. That's also why I allowed Mr. Adler's question. I heard his question in terms of what the organization made, and Mr. Adler did confirm that. That's why I allowed the question. So I'm not ruling that a point of order.

Mr. Hoback, you have a point of order on a different matter?

May 29th, 2012 / 12:35 p.m.

Conservative

Randy Hoback Prince Albert, SK

Yes, on a different matter, Chair, I'm looking at the time right now. I'm curious as to whether you have an idea of the length of this meeting and how long we're going to go. The last news I had was that it as supposed to end at 12:30.

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Conservative

The Chair James Rajotte

You're absolutely correct, Mr. Hoback. We were supposed to end at 12:30.

I do have five members who want to ask questions. Members and witnesses may have other duties. Those members who do wish to stay could stay, but there will be no motions entertained whatsoever by the chair, so that members will be free to go to another meeting. Or, if it's not the will of the committee, then obviously we'd have to end now.

On this point of order, Ms. Glover.

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Conservative

Shelly Glover Saint Boniface, MB

I appreciate your recommendation, Chair. I'd be happy to stay until at least 1 o'clock and then of course QP prep will occur.

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Conservative

The Chair James Rajotte

That's given that there will be no motions by any member of the committee.

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Conservative

Shelly Glover Saint Boniface, MB

Exactly.

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Conservative

The Chair James Rajotte

Is there agreement on that?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Conservative

The Chair James Rajotte

You have 30 seconds, Mr. Adler

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Conservative

Mark Adler York Centre, ON

Thank you, Chair.

Mr. Linton, if a party or a group of workers is under a collective agreement and the collective agreement expires and the organization or business they work for has not been able to settle for over a year with those workers, how would you classify that?

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Conservative

The Chair James Rajotte

A very brief response.

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Director, Government and Political Affairs, United Food and Commerical Workers Union

Bob Linton

I'm not sure what your question is.

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Conservative

Mark Adler York Centre, ON

In other words, would you encourage NDP members who have unionized staffers who have not had a collective agreement for over a year—