I call this meeting to order. This is, again, the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance. Our orders of the day, pursuant to the order of reference of Monday, May 14, 2012, are on the discussion of Bill C-38, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures. We are in clause-by-clause consideration.
Colleagues, I'll just outline how we are proceeding here. I'm going to take my time doing so to make sure everybody understands it.
As is tradition, we postpone clause 1 till the end. We start with clause 2. I will go, obviously, in numerical order.
I'll just highlight for the members a couple of things from the motion that this committee adopted on May 15:
B. the Committee shall proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-38 no later than Monday, June 4, 2012, provided that the Chair limit debate on each clause to a maximum of five (5) minutes per party per clause before the clause is brought to a vote;
That means each of the three parties will have five minutes for each clause, should they choose. They can, obviously, speak for less if they decide so.
The second thing I want to highlight for committee members is:
E. if the Committee has not completed the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-38 by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the Chair shall put, forthwith and successively, each and every question necessary to dispose of the Committee stage of the Bill and to report the Bill to the House, without further debate or amendment, and that the Chair be ordered to report the Bill back to the House on or before Thursday, June 7, 2012.
These are two items that I want all members to keep in mind.
I've done these a number of times. It helps if members, because of the number of clauses, prioritize the clauses they wish to speak more to rather than less. Obviously, if all three parties take five minutes for each clause, we're going to run up against the time deadline of 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night.
Given that, I believe we have, just for your information, 58 amendments before us. We have 51 from the NDP and seven from the Liberals—I hope those numbers are correct. I will start, obviously, with clause 2.
If members wish to group clauses or if they wish to move at a quicker or slower pace, please indicate to the chair.
Starting with clause-by-clause consideration, pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of clause 1 is postponed. The chair therefore calls clause 2.
(On clause 2)
I'll just highlight for members that I do not have an amendment until clause 16. I have NDP-1, which is on clause 16. Perhaps what I'll do is ask if there is any member who wishes to debate clauses 2 to 15.
Monsieur Mai, which clause?