I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number three of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. The committee is meeting today to begin planning our future business.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of November 25, 2021.
Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website. So you are aware, the webcast will always show the person speaking rather than the entirety of the room.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all participants in this meeting that taking screenshots or photos of your screen is not permitted. I guess that's primarily for you today, Mr. Dion.
Given the ongoing pandemic situation and in light of the recommendations from health authorities, as well as the directive of the Board of Internal Economy on November 19, 2021 and the House order of November 25, 2021, to remain healthy and safe, all those attending the meeting in person are to maintain two-metre physical distancing and must wear a non-medical mask when circulating in the room. It is highly recommended that the mask be worn at all times, including when seated. You must maintain proper hand hygiene by using the provided hand sanitizer at the room entrance. As the chair, I will do my best to enforce these measures, and I'm sure that I will have everyone's co-operation.
To ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules to follow. Members and witnesses may speak in the official language of their choice. Interpretation services are available for this meeting. You have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, of floor, English or French. If interpretation is lost, please inform me immediately, and we will ensure that interpretation is properly restored before resuming the proceedings.
The “raise hand” feature at the bottom of the screen can be used at any time if you wish to speak or alert the chair.
For members participating in person, proceed as you usually would when the whole committee is meeting in person in the committee room. Keep in mind the Board of Internal Economy's guidelines for mask use and health protocols.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you are on the video conference, please click on the microphone icon to unmute yourself. For those in the room, your microphone will be controlled as normal by the proceeding and verification officer. When speaking, please speak slowly and clearly. When you are not speaking, your mike should be on mute.
This is a reminder that all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair. As today we have our first visitor to our committee, I would just like to reiterate that rule. I would appreciate it if all comments by members and witnesses are addressed through the chair.
With regard to a speakers list, the committee clerk and I will do the best we can to consolidate the order of speaking for all members, whether they are participating virtually or in person. I understand that we have speaking orders for all parties.
I would now like to welcome our witness, Mr. Mario Dion, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. He will be with us for up to 90 minutes. Then the committee will move to in camera to conduct some committee business.
Mr. Dion, we appreciate your sharing your opening statement with us in both official languages. I would now ask that you please proceed with your opening statement.
Welcome to PROC.