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Evidence of meeting #3 for Government Operations and Estimates in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was infrastructure.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

Karen Wilson  Assistant Chief Statistician, National Accounts and Analytical Studies Field, Statistics Canada
Marilyn MacPherson  Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Branch, Privy Council Office
Stephen Richardson  Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Finance
Michel Girard  Director, Industry Accounts Division, Statistics Canada
Paul Rochon  Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch, Department of Finance
Simon Kennedy  Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Plans and Consultation, Privy Council Office

12:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

And there are votes 1b and 5b under Public Works.

PUBLIC WORKS AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES Ministry Summary Vote 1b--Operating expenditures..........$93,040,224 Vote 5b--Capital expenditures..........$16,805,000

(Votes 1b and 5b agreed to)

12:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

The clerk provided me with a short list, but it's really a long list.

Now I'm going to read out a number of votes, and if you wish to debate or intervene, please do.

I'm looking for approval of votes 1b, 15b, 20b, 30b, and 50b, Treasury Board. Shall each of those votes carry?

TREASURY BOARD Secretariat Vote 1b--Program expenditures..........$12,948,558 Vote 15b--Compensation Adjustments..........$170,671,485 Vote 20b--Public Service Insurance..........$1,943,839 Vote 30b--Paylist Requirements..........$1 Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada Vote 50b--Program expenditures..........$16,722,742

12:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

Mr. Martin, before they're carried, do you have a question?

12:55 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

Yes, I do have a question, Mr. Chairman.

Is there a way to record the votes with the on-division rule, for instance, that we use in the House? I would like the record to reflect that I'm not satisfied with vote 5b in its totality. In fact, I'm vehemently opposed to one element, dealing with the funding of the Chrysotile Institute.

12:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

You did have a proposed motion for that.

12:55 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

I intend to withdraw it, as I believe the motion will probably be out of order.

12:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

All right, so we're coming together. There's a meeting of minds.

Mr. Martin would have moved the motion to modify and reduce vote 5b, Public Works and Government Services. There's been some discussion, and his motion appears to be out of order.

Forgive me, it was actually vote 5b under Natural Resources.

So can we dispose of these and then come to your issue? Is that all right, Mr. Martin?

12:55 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

Certainly.

(Votes 1b, 15b, 20b, 30b, and 50b agreed to)

12:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

So these votes are carried.

Shall I report the supplementary estimates B to the House?

12:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

12:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

Now, Mr. Martin, we go to your issue. You had a motion dealing with the Department of Natural Resources. For the reasons that have been discussed informally, that motion, if put, would be out of order.

You're going to withdraw it, I understand.

12:55 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

Yes, and I won't bog down the committee with any arguments on it. I'll simply withdraw it and hopefully it will surface in another incarnation at another committee, perhaps.

12:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

Thank you, Mr. Martin.

I have another motion, which hasn't been moved. It comes out of our business meeting yesterday. It's dealing with the desire of one of our members to study the ability of small and medium-sized enterprises to access federal procurement.

Madame Bourgeois, do you want to move that? It's really your item of business.

12:55 p.m.

Bloc

Diane Bourgeois Bloc Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

Certainly.

12:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

It is moved by Madame Bourgeois, second by Mr. Anders, that the committee study the ability of small and medium enterprises to access federal procurement both generally and as part of the stimulus package.

(Motion agreed to)

12:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Derek Lee

The motion is carried. Thank you.

The staff will put together a meeting or two on that issue.

When we reconvene on Thursday, it will be a meeting without witnesses. We will study future business, and the staff will do a workup on that. We have at least half a dozen we can pick from.

Seeing no further business, the meeting is adjourned.