The House met at 11 a.m.
The 36th parliament having been dissolved by proclamation on Sunday, October 22, 2000, and writs having been issued and returned, a new parliament was summoned to meet for the dispatch of business on Monday, January 29, 2001, and did accordingly meet on that day.
Monday, January 29, 2001
This being the day on which parliament was convoked by proclamation of Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada for the dispatch of business, and the members of the House being assembled:
William C. Corbett, Esquire, Clerk of the House of Commons, read to the House a letter from the administrative secretary to the Governor General informing her that the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, in her capacity as Deputy Governor General, would proceed to the Senate chamber to open the first session of the 37th Parliament of Canada at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 29, 2001, at Ottawa.
A message was delivered by the Usher of the Black Rod as follows:
Members of the House of Commons:
It is the desire of the Honourable the Deputy to Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada that this honourable House attend her immediately in the chamber of the honourable the Senate.
Accordingly the House went up to the Senate chamber, where the Speaker of the Senate said:
Honourable Members of the Senate, Members of the House of Commons:
I have it in command to let you know that Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada does not see fit to declare the causes of her summoning the present Parliament of Canada until a Speaker of the House of Commons shall have been chosen, according to law; but tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at 2 p.m., Her Excellency will declare the causes of her calling parliament.
And the House being returned to the Commons chamber: