Evidence of meeting #1 for Liaison in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was wappel.

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The Clerk of the Committee Ms. Marie-Andrée Lajoie

Ladies and gentlemen, we will start.

Honourable members of the committee, I see a quorum.

In accordance with Standing Order 107, our first item of business is the election of the chair.

I am ready to receive motions to this effect.

Mr. Casson.

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Conservative

Rick Casson Lethbridge, AB

I nominate the chair of the HRSD committee, Dean Allison.

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The Clerk

Are there other nominations?

Is the committee in agreement with this nomination?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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The Clerk

(Motion agreed to)

Before I give the chair to Mr. Allison, we have to elect a vice-chair, and I also have to preside over the election of the vice-chair.

Can I have nominations for the position of vice-chair?

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Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

I nominate Tom Wappel.

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The Clerk

Mr. Szabo nominates Mr. Wappel.

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Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

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The Clerk

(Motion agreed to)

Thank you very much.

I will now ask Mr. Allison to take his position as the chair of the liaison committee.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

I call this meeting to order.

You all have an agenda in front of you. Let's look at number three. We need seven members for a subcommittee on committee budgets, so we need to pass a motion now to come up with seven individuals who will be looking after and making recommendations back to the main committee on the budgets of the committees that are being brought forward.

Do we have some nominations?

Mr. Wappel.

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Liberal

Tom Wappel Scarborough Southwest, ON

This is sort of an informal committee, so I don't think we should stand on too much procedure. I think it would be logical that the chair and the vice-chair be on the committee. That would leave a minimum of five. I think the people who are interested should simply put up their hands, if I may make that suggestion, obviously bearing in mind that the Conservatives would want to be in the majority.

Just for those who have not been on the committee before and don't know, all of the budgets of all of the committees come before this committee. The subcommittee on budgets examines those, using a variety of criteria, and makes certain recommendations that then come to the full committee. Then the budgets are discussed again, with the recommendations of the subcommittee.

With those comments, I would certainly think the chairman and the vice-chairman should be on that subcommittee.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

Thank you, Mr. Wappel.

I've just been informed here that the chair and the vice-chair are suggested, along with three government and two opposition members.

Mr. Anders.

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Conservative

Rob Anders Calgary West, AB

I nominate Mr. Rajotte.

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Conservative

Gerry Ritz Battlefords—Lloydminster, SK

How much of a time commitment would there be? It's going to vary, but....

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Liberal

Tom Wappel Scarborough Southwest, ON

Perhaps the clerk would be able to help us out here.