Evidence of meeting #29 for Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was front.

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5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Kevin Sorenson

Order. We're back in public.

Mr. Obhrai.

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Chair, I had a motion in here, with due respect to the 48 hours' notice, to call the Minister of Foreign Affairs in front of the committee. Originally the motion was for him to come forward on the main estimates, but now, since it's been decided that the main estimates will be in the House for four hours, this motion by itself is not valid. There's no point in his coming.

However, the Minister of Foreign Affairs is very much keen on coming to talk about general policy and any other questions that any of the opposition members have. If there's interest at all, he's willing to come in front of us.

So I have drafted a motion--which, if the clerk is right, meets the 48 hours' notice--that basically calls on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to come in front of the committee to talk.

That motion, in line with Mr. Dewar's motion, which we were discussing.... The problem with Dewar's motion is that it is very narrow. It talks about only Afghanistan and confidence. Here what you have is a larger motion that allows you to talk about anything you want, which I think is the will of the committee. We have all these other parties.

In terms of your questions you've put forward here, you can still ask the same questions within your eight-minute opportunity, but the Liberals can also ask whatever they want to ask as well--

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Kevin Sorenson

Mr. Obhrai, I understand the rationale here. What you're going to need to do, though, is make a motion to move this to the front of the pack.

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

I'm now asking you.

Is that all right with you, Mr. Dewar?

5:20 p.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

I think what we're debating right now is whether or not we can bring my motion forward. That's all we are debating at this point. I'd like to get that done first, and then we can discuss at that point amendments to be made so that we can meet halfway on this--so no.

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Kevin Sorenson

Mr. Obhrai, are you making a motion to advance your motion in front of everyone else's?

5:20 p.m.

An hon. member

But he can't.

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Kevin Sorenson

We'll go to the clerk on that. The motion has been within the 48 hours thing.

5:20 p.m.

The Clerk of the Committee Ms. Angela Crandall

The motion that Mr. Dewar is moving--

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Kevin Sorenson

A little louder here.

5:20 p.m.

The Clerk

I'd rather you say it, but....

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Kevin Sorenson

Well, you know the procedure.

5:20 p.m.

The Clerk

The motion that Mr. Dewar is moving and that Mr. Obhrai wants to move are superseding motions. They don't survive from one meeting to the next. They have to be re-moved at the next meeting.

So the motion on the floor at the moment is Mr. Obhrai's motion to move his motion to the top of the list.

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Which means that we can--

5:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Kevin Sorenson

You'd have to bring forward a motion in order to do that, Mr. Obhrai.