Ziad Aboultaif seconds it.
Is everyone in favour? Agreed.
Mr. O'Toole is the new vice-chair.
We usually wait for the member to show up, but we said we could do it this way anyway and we'll just carry on. We'll congratulate Erin when he gets here.
The second order of business, and we're going to go in camera after this, is the 15th report of your subcommittee on agenda and procedure. There are 16 items that we're reporting on, on behalf of the subcommittee, that will need your approval of the recommendations. If you haven't seen the draft or the report, please have a look at it, because I'll go through it fairly quickly.
It's proposed that the draft schedule of meetings for September to December be agreed to as a draft calendar for the committee work schedule. As you already are aware, this is a draft schedule and it's quite fluid. Sometimes these things change, but at least it's a document that we can work from. Already you'll notice there is a slight change regarding the meeting on Tuesday, September 26, with the President of Venezuela's National Assembly, as they are unavailable. That's different from what it was when the subcommittee looked at the agenda and schedule. I'd just remind you of that one small change.
The other thing is that the committee will hear from Minister Bibeau in relation to the study on DFI, the development finance initiative, for one hour. As those of you who were in attendance will know, DFI was a motion put forward by our Conservative colleagues and we have studied that. We're almost at the end of that discussion and we'll start to see a draft report after the minister makes her presentation to us vis-à-vis DFI. That will happen on September 28.
The committee will travel to Mexico, New York City, and Washington, D.C., from October 22 to 28. Just as a heads-up, so far no one is travelling to Mexico. I understand that the international trade committee has had their meetings cancelled because, of course, as we all know, there are some very serious matters that are confronting the Mexican government, and even the Congress. I understand the building has been somewhat damaged with what's unfolding. We're going to track that.
I asked the clerk what the drop-dead date would be for us to go or not go to Mexico. We will continue on still with our New York City and Washington, D.C. part of the trip if that's to happen. As of today, we'll consider Mexico still on, but I have a strong suspicion that might be difficult to manage three weeks from now.
The fourth matter is that the committee have a briefing with officials from Global Affairs in relation to the trip.
The fifth matter is that the committee commence a study on consular affairs on Tuesday, October 3, pursuant to a motion adopted on February 9, 2017, and that the members be invited to submit lists of possible witnesses to the clerk's office. Just as a heads-up, we might be able to start the consular affairs study earlier than that date. That is certainly the objective of the chair. If we can get started earlier, we will, so my advice is to get your witness list in as soon as possible.
I want to remind the committee that this chair and committee have an open witness list, so we can add to it. We're not going to close it as some committees do. We just roll along, and if we come up with another witness that makes some sense, we're going to hear from them. I think that's a more appropriate way. There's no real stress; just get your key witnesses in who you want to start with, so that the table can do its job.
Sixth, as soon as Bill C-47, an act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code, regarding amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments, is referred to the committee, study of the bill will commence. I think that bill is being debated in the House today.
As you're all aware, if we get a request by the House to study a particular piece of legislation, that will take precedence over other matters. It's our objective to get into Bill C-47 once it is sent to this committee.
It may come a little earlier than I had anticipated because it seems to be moving in the House now. I understand it will be debated today. I suspect the House leader will report to the official opposition that we will look at it again next week. If that's the case, then I think we'll probably get to a point where we'll see this bill fairly soon.
Then, if you turn over the page, it says “pursuant to a motion adopted by the Committee on December 14, 2017, a maximum of six meetings to be held to study the bill”.
That will be a decision of the committee based on how many witnesses and what exactly the in-depth part of this will be. It may be less than six meetings, but it's intended to be a maximum. That relates to, I think, probably the consular affairs, not so much Bill C-47. Is that a mistake in how it was written?