Evidence of meeting #33 for Government Operations and Estimates in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was billion.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • François Guimont  Deputy Minister, Deputy Receiver General for Canada, Department of Public Works and Government Services
  • Liseanne Forand  President, Shared Services Canada
  • Alex Lakroni  Chief Financial Officer, Finance Branch, Department of Public Works and Government Services
  • Renée Jolicoeur  Assistant Deputy Minister, Accounting, Banking and Compensation Branch, Department of Public Works and Government Services
  • Pierre-Marc Mongeau  Assistant Deputy Minister, Parliamentary Precinct Branch, Department of Public Works and Government Services
  • Tom Ring  Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions Branch, Department of Public Works and Government Services

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Kelly Block Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, SK

Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.

It always seems that I have a cold and I am sometimes struggling with my voice when I have an opportunity to ask questions of you and the department.

I want to....

3:55 p.m.

NDP

Mathieu Ravignat Pontiac, QC

I apologize for interrupting you, Mrs. Block, but I think we have agreed as a committee that when the bell rings, it's over.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

We have 30-minute bells. If there's unanimous consent, we can finish this round.

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Mike Wallace Burlington, ON

No.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

Apparently there is no consent.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

Mathieu Ravignat Pontiac, QC

We would agree to prolong the period for questions.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

There's interest on this side at least to conclude one round of questioning. If we finish Kelly's five minutes and let the Liberals have five minutes, at least all three parties would have had an opportunity. That would leave us still 20 minutes to get back for this vote. What's the will of the committee? Is there consent?

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Mike Wallace Burlington, ON

The answer is no, on the condition that it may be convenient today or sound like a good idea today, but trust me being here six years that once you decide to go that route, then you have to open it up always.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

That's not true. I've been here 15 years.

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Mike Wallace Burlington, ON

My view is that we follow the rules. When the bells ring, you're supposed to attend the House of Commons, and so you do not have unanimous consent.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

I'm very disappointed, because it's so rare to have a minister here.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

Alexandre Boulerice Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Chair, that's exactly what I wanted to point out. It is very rare that we have the opportunity to ask the Minister or other ministers and their assistants questions. We don't have just any witness here today. It would be good to have another 10 minutes. We can make it in 20 minutes.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

Mathieu Ravignat Pontiac, QC

It also seems to me that we can use our judgment when the bell rings while we're in the middle of asking questions.

3:55 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

We can argue the issue as long as we want. If there's no consent—

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Mike Wallace Burlington, ON

Can we check with the clerk to see if it's debatable? I don't know why we're debating it. It's not debatable.