We are continuing the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on Official Languages. We are now sitting in public to continue the committee's proceedings.
The committee has before it a motion and an amendment that Mr. Menegakis introduced at the last meeting.
Consequently, I want to read something to committee members. If they want all witnesses who appear before us to make their presentations by teleconference, they must know that this will not be possible all the time: there are two rooms that we can use for teleconferences, and they are not always available. Furthermore, some witnesses are here in Ottawa or in the surrounding areas. It costs less to have those witnesses come before us than to send them to a teleconference centre in the national capital region.
Just so everybody is clear, if you ask me to have all the witnesses for the study appear by teleconference, that will not always be possible. There are only two rooms available for teleconferencing, and sometimes they're not available.
Secondly, there are witnesses in the national capital region who will appear, and it will be much easier for them to appear in person than try to organize a teleconference room a couple of blocks from here for them to appear.
If the committee wants witnesses to appear via teleconference, I'll make my best effort, but in certain cases we'll have to ask them to appear in person. I just want to make you aware of that.
I will read the motion and the amendment of Mr. Menegakis. We're on the amendment.
The motion says:
That in relation to the study of the evaluation of the roadmap: improving services and program delivery, the proposed budget in the amount of $63,900 be adopted.
Mr. Menegakis's amendment reads as follows:
That the motion be amended by adding after the words "be adopted" the following: "and that the Committee invite witnesses to appear by videoconference, and if not possible, that they be invited to appear in person".
We're on the amendment.