Good morning, committee.
I would like to welcome Bernadette Jordan to the table. Darren Fisher is introducing a private member's bill today. Thank you for joining us in committee.
I want to get something clear and out of the way because I've had a few discussions on it and I want to ensure we are all clear and all operating under the same guide. We have a routine motion that says:
That a forty-eight (48) hours notice, interpreted as two (2) nights, shall be required for any substantive motion to be considered by the Committee, unless the substantive motion relates directly to business then under consideration, provided that (1) the notice be filed with the Clerk of the Committee no later than 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday; that (2) the motion be distributed to members in both official languages by the Clerk on the same day the said notice was transmitted if it was received no later than the deadline hour; and that (3) notices received after the deadline hour be deemed to have been received during the next business day.
The interpretation of the clerk and many other committees is that as long as they pertain directly to the work under consideration at the meeting, they are admissible. I want to ensure that everybody understands that and is comfortable with that. Does anyone have any comments on that? Okay.
My intention at the meeting today, and we talked about this three weeks ago now, is to determine how to proceed. We've had some great information sessions to help us get our minds around what we might want to consider in our work as a committee.
Today was to be a further refinement. We had a blue-sky. We had some good department presentations and commissioner presentations. Today was an opportunity for us to review all that, not necessarily review it, but bring it together and formulate a plan and prioritize it, so that we could start in the committee.
We have motions in front of us and if you go the formal way, it's all about addressing the motions and whoever gets the motion on the table. I would like, if I have the agreement of the committee—and this is what I thought we'd kind of proposed before—to have a one-hour discussion on what the ideas are that the committee should consider.
There were four motions that were brought forward for us to consider. I don't think that has to be exhaustive. I think they are good. People have been very busy thinking about what we should be doing and I very much appreciate that. It does not have to be exhaustive and if anybody has something else, that was the point of having this meeting, to bring forward ideas that reflect what we've heard and what we might be able to do in committee.
I wanted to know if the committee agrees that we would have that discussion in the first hour. We can discuss the motions that people have brought forward, but we won't table the motions until the second hour. Then we'll have had a chance to flush these out together. Some of these and maybe others can be combined. I don't know, but that might come through in the discussion.
What are the thoughts of the committee. Is there agreement on that?