Evidence of meeting #29 for Status of Women in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was problem.

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3:35 p.m.

The Clerk of the Committee Mrs. Marlene Sandoval

Good day.

Honourable members of the committee,

I see we have a quorum.

I must inform members that the clerk of the committee can only receive motions for the election of the chair. The clerk cannot receive other types of motions, and cannot entertain points of order nor participate in debate.

We can now proceed to the election of the chair. As set out in Standing Order 106(2), the chair must be a member of the official opposition.

I am ready to receive nominations for the chairmanship.

April 23rd, 2012 / 3:35 p.m.

NDP

Mylène Freeman Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, QC

I'd like to nominate Marie-Claude Morin.

3:35 p.m.

The Clerk

It has been moved by Mylène Freeman that Marie-Claude Morin be elected chair of the committee.

Are there any other motions?

Is it the pleasure of the committee to adopt the motion?

(Motion agreed to)

I declare the motion duly carried and Marie-Claude Morin duly elected chair of the committee. I invite her to take the chair.

3:35 p.m.

NDP

The Acting Chair Marie-Claude Morin

Good afternoon to you all. I would first like to say that I am very happy to be the chair of this committee and to work with you, particularly on this committee. I thank you for that motion.

Today we are holding the 29th hearing of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. We must go in camera for the adoption of the report.

[Proceedings continue in camera]

4:29 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Marie-Claude Morin

We shall now resume the public hearing.

Good day and welcome to this 29th hearing of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Today, in the context of our study on the role and challenges of women employed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, we welcome the Commissioner of the RCMP, Mr. Robert Paulson.

4:30 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

I have a point of order. I have given the clerk a motion that I'd like to read out today in relation to this:

That, in relation to the study of the role and challenges of women—

which is what we're talking about today—

employed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Committee schedule additional hearings and invite current and/or former female employees of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who are prepared to share their personal stories and commentary in this regard, and that the hearings be scheduled as soon as the Committee's work plan permits.

I consulted with the clerk last week, and I'll ask if she would now hand that out to the committee members.

This is a good week. It's National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, and I think it's very appropriate that we listen to the commissioner and have additional meetings with regard to this very important issue. Many of these women, who I think some of you have been hearing from as well as I have, are not looking for legal challenges and so on. They want an opportunity to be heard so that they have a chance to ensure that changes will come.

We know that Commissioner Paulson wants to see changes, and I think all of us do. I think it's really important and appropriate that the status of women committee show that kind of leadership and provide an opportunity for some of the women who want to share their personal stories to come before us, so that we can work with the government and the RCMP to ensure they all have the tools to make the necessary changes.

I would ask that the committee vote on this so that we can move this issue forward on behalf of the thousands of women and young women—especially given the fact that we're doing a study on the economic prospects of young women. When you have Deputy Commissioner Callens, whose 21-year-old daughter wants to join the RCMP, and he says there has to be change—

4:30 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Marie-Claude Morin

I apologize for interrupting you, Ms. Sgro. I understand very well why you wish to speak to this. However, that is not a point of order. This is not the appropriate time to table your motion. We will get back to your motion when you have the floor.

4:30 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

My understanding was that I was to table it as a point of order at the beginning, Madam Chair. So if that was misinformation, I apologize.

4:30 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Marie-Claude Morin

That is fine, there is no problem.

4:30 p.m.

NDP

Niki Ashton Churchill, MB

I think that is an extremely important point. When will we be able to reconsider that motion?

4:30 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Marie-Claude Morin

Ms. Sgro will be able to table her motion when she has the floor, that is to say during the fourth round. We will hear from the government members and the official opposition. Then we will go back to the government side and then to the Liberals. At that point, Ms. Sgro will be able to table her motion. Is that agreeable to you?

4:30 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

I don't want to take away the time from the commissioner because he's here. I followed what I understood was exactly the process—that I table the motion at the beginning of the meeting. Now let's just make sure that it's tabled. I have introduced it.

4:30 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Marie-Claude Morin

Ms. Truppe, you have the floor.

4:30 p.m.

Conservative

Susan Truppe London North Centre, ON

Thank you, Madam Chair.

I would like to point out that we only have an hour with the commissioner. We could use this as committee business, and stick to asking questions. From my experience with this committee, going through a motion is going to take up a great deal of time that the commissioner could be using to answer some of the questions we all have, when we could just put it for our next meeting.

4:30 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Marie-Claude Morin

We will now hear from Mr. Paulson. Afterwards, the clerk will see what can be done regarding tabling your motion. We will get back to it at the end of the meeting.

Good afternoon, Mr. Paulson, and welcome to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. I invite you to deliver your statement on the study of the role and challenges of women employed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. You have 10 minutes.