Evidence of meeting #39 for Public Accounts in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was witnesses.

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9:50 a.m.

NDP

The Chair David Christopherson

Merci. I have no further speakers.

The floor is open for debate. This is the third and final call for debate. Hearing none, I'll put the matter to the committee. Let's again keep it nice and clean. We'll do a roll call vote on the amendment. Does anybody need it read out or are we good? I see we're nodding that we're good.

(Amendment negatived: nays 7; yeas 4)

Thank you. I declare the motion defeated on a vote of seven to four. The motion to amend is defeated.

We are now on the main motion as originally put unamended.

Mr. Ravignat, you have the floor again. I have you on my speakers list. You don't have to speak, you're just on my list.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

Mathieu Ravignat Pontiac, QC

I'll pass.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

The Chair David Christopherson

Very good.

Is there further debate on the main motion? It's the last call for debate on the main motion. Hearing none, we'll put the motion to the committee and again we'll do a formal roll call vote.

(Motion negatived: nays 7; yeas 4)

Thank you. I declare the motion defeated on a vote of seven to four.

Moving on to our speakers list, Mr. Saxton, you have the floor, sir.

April 24th, 2012 / 9:50 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Saxton North Vancouver, BC

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I appreciate the opportunity to speak today. Thank you again.

First of all, I want to remind colleagues that we passed a motion last Thursday to have witnesses come this Thursday. If we're going to make that happen, we have to get going.

I would now like to move a motion of my own, and it is that the committee invite the deputy ministers from Public Works, National Defence, and Industry Canada, and the secretary to the Treasury Board, and that they bring any necessary officials with them to appear this Thursday. I certainly hope that the opposition will now get down to business and put the political games behind them, so that we can get going and actually have a productive meeting this Thursday, and so we can have this study continue.

Thank you.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

The Chair David Christopherson

Do you have that by any chance in writing?

9:50 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Saxton North Vancouver, BC

Yes, I do.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

The Chair David Christopherson

Okay, that's helpful. I'm assuming that the Auditor General is part of that.

9:50 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Saxton North Vancouver, BC

We're just talking about this Thursday, Mr. Chair.

9:55 a.m.

NDP

The Chair David Christopherson

I know, but answer my question. Was that an oversight, or did you deliberately not include the Auditor General?

9:55 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Saxton North Vancouver, BC

It's fully our intention to have the Auditor General come to committee to testify. This is simply for this Thursday so that we have enough people to begin the study as soon as possible this Thursday.

9:55 a.m.

NDP

The Chair David Christopherson

May I ask you to confirm that it is your intent that the Auditor General would be coming?

9:55 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Saxton North Vancouver, BC

Absolutely.

9:55 a.m.

NDP

The Chair David Christopherson

Could I ask why you wouldn't follow tradition and start with the Auditor General?

9:55 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Saxton North Vancouver, BC

Mr. Chair, this is my motion and you have it in front of you and we have the full intention to have the Auditor General come to committee. Absolutely.

9:55 a.m.

NDP

The Chair David Christopherson

Do you know when?