Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, members of the committee, and our witnesses.
Welcome to the 10th meeting of the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11.
I just want to remind all of the honourable members that this meeting is televised.
I'd like to start off by introducing our witnesses, who will be with us for the duration of the clause-by-clause process.
From the Department of Industry, we have Madame Monteith, Monsieur DuPelle, and Mr. Peets; and from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Mr. Olsen.
Thank you for being with us for the next few weeks.
Before we begin, members, I just want to remind you about a few things.
First, we have routine motions, which are going to guide us on the timing for each of the parties in relation to discussion on the clauses and amendments.
The clerks and I have six timers going in relation to the routine proceedings and the motion that was passed.
So let me read it to you:
That the Committee begin clause-by-clause consideration of the bill no later than Wednesday, March 14, 2012; that debate be limited to a maximum of five (5) minutes per party, per clause, and five (5) minutes per party per amendment.
That's what we will be doing.
When we start the clause-by-clause process, whoever starts will have five minutes to discuss the clause. When we get to the amendment piece, you have five minutes to discuss the amendment. If there is a subamendment, then you need to introduce that subamendment within the five minutes. You will not be given another five minutes for the subamendment.
Is everyone clear with that? There are five minutes to ensure that you have time to introduce your subamendments, if you have those, but you will not be given an extra five minutes for a subamendment.
Also, it looks as though we will have votes in the near future, so we may have to start this process and then shut it down very quickly, but we will be coming back.
With that, just moving forward, we will obviously be postponing the preamble in clause 1 until the last part of this clause-by-clause process.
Now I will open up for discussion clause 2.
Does anyone have any discussion on clause 2?
Seeing none, shall clause 2 carry?