Good afternoon, members. Welcome back to our consideration of Bill C-3, pursuant to the order of reference of Monday, March 29: Bill C-3, an act to promote gender equity in Indian registration by responding to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia decision in McIvor v. Canada (Registrar of Indian and Northern Affairs).
Members, we're back under, as we had planned, the clause-by-clause consideration of this bill. We welcome back Martin Reiher of the Department of Justice and Mr. Roy Gray from the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, who are here, really, for consultation purposes. We're not expecting any presentations.
Members, you'll recall at our last meeting I did indicate that we were going to pursue another line of consideration around the issue of the unstated paternity and illegitimate children issue. That issue did not come forward, as we've seen at least thus far, from any of the amendments that had been proposed. My preference would be just to proceed directly to clause-by-clause consideration, so we'll leave that for another time.
We haven't done this too often, but it's great to be back here considering clause-by-clause analysis of the bill. You actually have the agenda in front of you. I'll confirm or affirm that all of the amendments that have been proposed by the various members have been received by the committee. Of course that doesn't preclude the possibility of further amendments while we take up consideration of this bill.
We will proceed with the clause 2 amendments.
(On clause 2)
I'd like to first start by inviting the sponsor of the bill to move his amendment and speak to it if he wishes, and then we'll proceed from there.