I call the meeting to order.
Mr. Lewis, I welcome you. After an afternoon with us, I think you'll want to transfer permanently to this committee. Obviously there is not always consensus, but it's a very friendly committee and we're fortunate for that.
Before we get started, a point was brought last week that perhaps the chair could withdraw, at the request of a Green Party member, a Green Party amendment. I looked into the matter a little more. My previous understanding was that once a Green Party amendment has been sent to the clerk it's deemed moved and therefore belongs to the committee, and the chair cannot simply withdraw it but it has to be withdrawn by unanimous consent.
My inquiries led to the following example from April 22 at the indigenous and northern affairs committee, where Ms. Atwin said, “I will withdraw it,” meaning the amendment, “since it has the same context as others”. The chair said, “Okay. PV-7 is not brought forward.” The clerk said to the chair, “Mr. Chair, if I may, PV-7 is deemed to have been moved, so it would require unanimous consent to withdraw it. That's my understanding.” Then the chair said, “Do we have unanimous consent to withdraw? I see that we do. Thanks, Ms. Atwin.”
I just want to close the loop on that, and—