MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Meeting No. 35
Thursday, April 6, 2000
The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs met at 11:16 a.m. this day, in Room 112-N, Centre Block, the Chair, Derek Lee, presiding.
Members of the Committee present: Eleni Bakopanos, Stéphane Bergeron, Marlene Catterall, Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral, André Harvey, Jay Hill, Bob Kilger, Gar Knutson, Derek Lee, Carolyn Parrish, Jerry Pickard and John Richardson.
Acting Members present: Sarkis Assadourian for Eleni Bakopanos from 12:56 p.m.; Wayne Easter for Ray Bonin; Bill Blaikie for Yvon Godin.
Other Members present: Roger Gallaway and Peter MacKay.
In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: James Robertson, Research Officer.
Witnesses: From the House of Commons: Robert Marleau, Clerk of the House; Rob Walsh, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel.
Committee's mandate pursuant to Standing Orders 92 and 108(3)(a)(iv) in relation to Private Members' Business
On motion of Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral, it was agreed, - That, the Report from the Sub-Committee on Private Members' Business be adopted as the Committee's Report to the House and that the Chair present the Report to the House.
Pursuant to its Order of Reference from the House of Commons of Thursday, March 16, 2000, the Committee resumed its consideration of the issue of confidentiality of the work of the Legislative Counsel.
Robert Marleau and Rob Walsh made statements and answered questions.
Gar Knutson moved,
That, the Committee direct the researcher to prepare a draft report incorporating the following recommendations:
1. That the process for drafting and sharing information on Members' amendments be clearly defined including the confidentiality requirements thereof.
2. That all M.P.'s be informed of the process when they request the drafting of amendments.
3. That Members be given the option of requesting a greater degree of confidentiality such as would exist between a lawyer and a client.
And debate thereon.
At 1:14 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.
Clerk of the Committee
Wednesday, April 5, 2000
In accordance with the mandate of the Committee concerning its responsibilities as the Striking Committee and in accordance with an Order adopted on Wednesday, October 13, 1999, the Twenty-Fourth Report is deemed to have been adopted and the Chair is ordered to present it to the House.