The analyst is handing out copies of the routine motions. We'll go through them one by one. We'll discuss and debate them and come to a decision.
I'll begin by saying thank you for your support. We have a lot of work ahead of us as a finance committee. Hopefully we can get along relatively well most of the time, but being politics, there will be some give and throw. There's no doubt about that.
I will tell you where I come from, as chair. We do recognize that the government has an agenda. They have laid out their action plan. They have a responsibility to carry out that agenda based on the election that was just held. As members of Parliament, from all parties, who are not members of the executive council, we have a responsibility too. It's somewhat different from that of the executive council. We have a responsibility to improve legislation where possible; to make proposals; and to not be afraid, regardless of where we sit, to challenge the government to improve legislation.
I hope we can do what is best as a committee for all Canadians, given where we come from. We come from a lot of different backgrounds. There's a lot of experience in many different walks of life on this committee. I think that's all to the better for Canadians.
That's where I come from, as chair. We'll try to be as neutral as possible and not get into too many arguments with Phil.
We'll turn now to routine motions. The first one is entitled “Service of Analysts from the Library of Parliament”. Do you want me to read that, or can somebody move it?
Steven so moves:
That the Committee retain the services of one or more analysts from the Library of Parliament, as needed, to assist the Committee in its work, at the discretion of the Chair.
(Motion agreed to)