Evidence of meeting #16 for Government Operations and Estimates in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was amendment.

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9:10 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

I call the meeting to order. We do have a quorum.

As you can see from the notice of the meeting, I have proposed that we deal with the notices of motion that are before us, starting at 9 o'clock, and that at 10 o'clock, if at all possible, we go on to a study of order in council appointments. We have two witnesses from the Privy Council Office, and we will be starting with them at about 10 o'clock.

We are now looking at motions. The first motion that came in was by Mr. Moore.

Does he have to move his own motion? He's not here.

9:10 a.m.

Conservative

Chris Warkentin Peace River, AB

He's not moving it today.

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Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

Not today, okay.

Therefore, we go to the motion by Mr. Holland.

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Conservative

Daryl Kramp Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

Madam Chair.

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Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

Yes.

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Conservative

Daryl Kramp Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

I just throw out this thought. If our other witnesses are here...obviously I think we're going to have an extended conversation on the motions that are coming forward--

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Bloc

Diane Bourgeois Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

Excuse me, Madam Chair, I am getting a lot of interference. Can we check that so that I can clearly understand what Mr. Kramp is saying?

9:10 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

I will say something. Check to see if you can hear it.

If I speak in English, does Madame Bourgeois understand clearly?

Is it OK in French?

9:10 a.m.

Bloc

Diane Bourgeois Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

It is OK now, but there was a problem before.

9:10 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

If I speak in French, can you hear now? No?

Now you are hearing.

The universe is unfolding as it should. The interpreters are very proficient. Sometimes, I find the way they can translate our words so quickly is just miraculous. I am going to take advantage of this pause to thank them.

You can continue, Mr. Kramp.

9:10 a.m.

Conservative

Daryl Kramp Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

Thank you, Madam Chair.

Knowing that obviously we are going to have some lengthy conversation on the motions, I'm wondering, if our witnesses are ready, if we might not hear our delegation and then go to our motions--in other words, just reverse that process so that our witnesses don't end up being shortchanged.

9:10 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

Our witnesses have been advised that they're only to come on at 10 o'clock, so I think we should get going on the motions. If we're still going at it, then perhaps the members of the committee will consider stopping the debate on the motion at that time. But seeing as that's the way it has been programmed, I'd like to get these notices of motion done with beforehand and then we can go on to our work. If we don't finish off these notices of motion, it will be very difficult for us to know where we're going in the next week and then after. So I would prefer to get that dealt with.

Mr. Holland.

9:10 a.m.

Liberal

Mark Holland Ajax—Pickering, ON

I think the matter may be somewhat simplified. Actually I know that Daryl is probably supporting the motion, given his comments in The Hill Times. It's too bad we didn't have seconders. He may want to second the motion.

In seriousness, Madame Folco is going to be introducing an amendment that we have simply one meeting and at that meeting we have just John Baird, who himself has expressed an interest in appearing before the committee. So I expect that may simplify matters and simplify the debate.

But other than that, I think given that the witnesses were advised that we'd be dealing with this first, it makes sense.

9:10 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Diane Marleau

Okay. Are you moving your motion, Mr. Holland?

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Liberal

Mark Holland Ajax—Pickering, ON

Why not? Sure.