Evidence of meeting #56 for Government Operations and Estimates in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was that's.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Bibiane Ouellette  Clerk of the Committee , Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates
  • Susan Louis-Seize  Association of Compensation Advisors
  • John Gordon  National President, Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • Diane Melançon  Association of Compensation Advisors
  • Michael Brandimore  Association of Compensation Advisors
  • David Orfald  Director of Planning and Organizational Development, Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • Margaret Jaekl  Classification Officer, Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • Rob Walsh  Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, House of Commons

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

Ms. Barrados told us that she was responsible for recruitment and that compensation was not her responsibility. However, we could invite the Clerk of the Privy Council to appear before our committee. He is in fact the senior person responsible.

4:50 p.m.

Bloc

Diane Bourgeois Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

I met Mr. Himmelfarb, who was clerk of the entire public service, a year and a half ago. He was very sensitive to what employees were experiencing. I remember that he even published a small booklet and that it was distributed to everyone working on the Hill. He asked that the departments, ministers and deputy ministers take very specific orientations.

How can it be explained that that wasn't done?

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

You'd have to ask—

4:50 p.m.

Bloc

Diane Bourgeois Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

Policies come and go, but deputy ministers remain.

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

Perhaps the matter—I made a suggestion.

4:50 p.m.

Bloc

Diane Bourgeois Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

That's the question I ask myself.

Unless you have any other suggestions?

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

The next person to speak is Mr. Poilievre.

But summoning the Clerk of the Privy Council is a suggestion.

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

Raymond Bonin Nickel Belt, ON

Madam Chair, let's call that a point of order: could we limit ourselves and stop at 5:00 p.m., in order to have a chance to touch on other subject?

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

Yes.

Mr. Poilievre.

June 7th, 2007 / 4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Nepean—Carleton, ON

I don't even know why I'm on the list, because I have no questions.

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

That's fine.

4:50 p.m.

Liberal

Raymond Bonin Nickel Belt, ON

May I suggest that we stop at 4:55 p.m., then?

4:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Nepean—Carleton, ON

I know that all the members are disappointed that I have no questions, but that's the way it is.

4:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

Does someone want to suggest that we invite the Clerk of Privy Council?