Evidence of meeting #1 for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in the 43rd Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was chair.

A recording is available from Parliament.

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Clerk of the Committee  Ms. Marie-France Lafleur

3:30 p.m.

The Clerk of the Committee Ms. Marie-France Lafleur

Honourable members of the committee, I see that we have a quorum, so let's begin.

I must inform members that the clerk of the committee can only receive motions for the election of the chair. The clerk cannot receive other types of motions, entertain points of order or participate in debate.

We can now proceed to the election of the chair. Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the chair must be a member of the government party.

I am ready to receive motions.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Stephanie Kusie Conservative Calgary Midnapore, AB

Madam Clerk, I would like to nominate Mr. Vance Badawey as the chair of this committee, please.

3:30 p.m.

The Clerk

It has been moved by Mrs. Kusie that Mr. Vance Badawey be elected as chair of the committee.

Are there any further motions for the position of chair?

I see none.

(Motion agreed to)

Mr. Badawey, congratulations. I invite you to take the virtual chair.

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Vance Badawey

Thank you.

Madam Clerk, do you want to proceed with the election of vice-chairs or would you like me to proceed with that?

3:30 p.m.

The Clerk

I can certainly do so if that's the wish of the committee.

Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the first vice-chair must be a member of the official opposition.

I am now ready to receive motions for the first vice-chair.

Ms. Jaczek.

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

Helena Jaczek Liberal Markham—Stouffville, ON

I would like to nominate Mrs. Stephanie Kusie.

3:30 p.m.

The Clerk

It has been moved by Ms. Jaczek that Mrs. Kusie be elected as first vice-chair of the committee. Are there any further motions for the position of first vice-chair?

I see none.

(Motion agreed to)

October 13th, 2020 / 3:30 p.m.

The Clerk

Congratulations.

Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the second vice-chair must be a member of an opposition party other than the official opposition.

I am now ready to receive motions for the second vice-chair.

Mr. El-Khoury.

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

Fayçal El-Khoury Liberal Laval—Les Îles, QC

I nominate Mr. Barsalou-Duval for the position of second vice-chair of the committee.

3:30 p.m.

The Clerk

Mr. El-Khoury moves that Mr. Barsalou-Duval be elected as second vice-chair of the committee.

Are there any further motions?

(Motion agreed to)

3:30 p.m.

The Clerk

I declare Mr. Barsalou-Duval duly elected second vice-chair of the committee.

On that note, Mr. Chair, it's back to you.

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Vance Badawey

Thank you, Madam Clerk. Well done.

Congratulations to both vice-chairs: Mrs. Kusie and Mr. Barsalou-Duval.

We're now going to move into the routine motions. We've all received our documents from the clerk's office. The intent, if I can get the blessing from the committee, is to go through the routine motions one by one. We can debate them and vote on them one by one.

Do I have a person who wants to start us off?

Mr. Rogers, the floor is yours.

3:30 p.m.

Liberal

Churence Rogers Liberal Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, NL

Thanks, Mr. Chair.

Congratulations on being elected as chair, and to Mrs. Kusie and Mr. Barsalou-Duval. I'm looking forward to working with you and all the members of this committee.

For the routine motions, I just want to go through a portion of these and then I'll ask my honourable colleague, Mr. El-Khoury, to do some of these in French.

The first motion is regarding analyst services.

That the committee retain, as needed and at the discretion of the Chair, the services of one or more analysts from the Library of Parliament to assist it in its work.

3:35 p.m.

Conservative

Stephanie Kusie Conservative Calgary Midnapore, AB

We have no objections to that, Mr. Chair, and Mr. Rogers, thank you.

(Motion agreed to)

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

Churence Rogers Liberal Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, NL

The next routine motion is as follows:

That the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be established and be composed of five (5) members; the Chair, one member from each party, and that the subcommittee work in a spirit of collaboration.

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Vance Badawey

Thank you, Mr. Rogers.

Are there any questions to that motion?

Mr. Bachrach, go ahead.

3:35 p.m.

NDP

Taylor Bachrach NDP Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC

I'd like to propose an amendment, if that's in order, Mr. Chair.

The amendment is to insert the word “recognized” after the word “each”, so it would read “one member from each recognized party.”

(Amendment agreed to)

(Motion as amended agreed to [See Minutes of Proceedings])

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

Churence Rogers Liberal Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, NL

The next routine motion is as follows:

That the Chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence and to have that evidence printed when a quorum is not present, provided that at least four (4) members are present, including two members of the opposition and two members of the government; but when travelling outside the parliamentary precinct, that the meeting begin after 15 minutes, regardless of members present.

(Motion agreed to)

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

Churence Rogers Liberal Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, NL

On the motion entitled “Time for Opening Remarks and Questioning of Witnesses”:

That the witnesses be given 10 minutes for their opening statements; that, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated six (6) minutes for the first question of each party as follows for the first round: Conservative Party, Liberal Party, Bloc Québécois, New Democratic Party. For the second and subsequent rounds, the order and time for questioning be as follows: Conservative Party, five (5) minutes; Liberal Party, five (5) minutes; Conservative Party, five (5) minutes; Liberal Party, five (5) minutes; Bloc Québécois, two and a half (2.5) minutes; New Democratic Party, two and half (2.5) minutes.

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Vance Badawey

Thank you, Mr. Rogers.

Mr. Bachrach, go ahead please.

3:35 p.m.

NDP

Taylor Bachrach NDP Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC

I would move an amendment. There are two parts to this amendment.

First I would move that the wording be changed to, “That witnesses be given five minutes for their opening statements; that, whenever possible, witnesses provide the committee with their opening statement 72 hours in advance; that, at the discretion of the Chair..”, etc., as written. That's the first part of the amendment.

The second part of the amendment is concerning the order. I would amend that the wording be changed to, “For the second and subsequent rounds, the order and time for questioning be as follows: Conservative Party, five (5) minutes; Liberal Party, five (5) minutes; Bloc Québécois, two and a half (2.5) minutes; New Democratic Party, two and a half (2.5) minutes; Conservative Party, five (5) minutes; Liberal Party, five (5) minutes.”

3:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Vance Badawey

Thank you, Mr. Bachrach.

Are there any questions or comments on that amendment?

Mr. Barsalou-Duval, did you have a question on the amendment?

3:35 p.m.

Bloc

Xavier Barsalou-Duval Bloc Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères, QC

No. I support the amendment completely. So I have no further questions.

3:40 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Vance Badawey

Are there any questions to the amendment, parts one and two?

(Amendment agreed to )

Mr. Barsalou-Duval, do you have a question on the amended motion? Are you fine, Mr. Barsalou-Duval?

3:40 p.m.

Bloc

Xavier Barsalou-Duval Bloc Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères, QC

Yes. I quite agree with that.

I would like to go back to the reason I raised my hand after we voted. I would like to be able to ask the clerk a question, so that she can tell me whether my proposal is in order or not.