MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Meeting No. 1
Wednesday, February 21, 2001
The Standing Committee on Transport and Government Operations met at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 308, West Block, for the purpose of electing a Chair and Vice-Chairs.
Members of the Committee present: Larry Bagnell, Andy Burton, Norman Doyle, Brian Fitzpatrick, Jay Hill, Ovid Jackson, Mario Laframboise, Ghislain Lebel, Dominic LeBlanc, Serge Marcil, Marcel Proulx, Alex Shepherd, Brent St. Denis, Paul Szabo, Tony Tirabassi.
Acting Member present: Gérard Asselin for Mario Laframboise
In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: John Christopher; June Dewetering, researchers
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(1) and (2), election of a Chair and Vice-Chairs.
The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of the Chair.
On motion of Marcel Proulx, it was agreed, -That Ovid Jackson do take the Chair of this Committee.
On motion of Andy Burton, it was agreed, -That Jay Hill be elected Vice-Chair of the Committee.
On motion of Paul Szabo, it was agreed, -That Marcel Proulx be elected Vice-Chair of the Committee.
On motion of Brent St.Denis, it was agreed, -That the Committee retain the services of one or more Research Officers from the Library of Parliament, as needed, to assist the Committee in its work at the discretion of the Chair.
It was agreed, -That the Chair be authorized to hold meetings and to receive evidence when a quorum is not present, provided that at least (3) members are present, including (1) member of the opposition.
On motion of Ghislain Lebel, it was agreed, -That witnesses be given ten (10) minutes for their opening statement and, that during the questioning of witnesses, they be allocated up to ten(10) minutes for the first question and answer of each party alternating between opposition parties and the Government and that thereafter, five (5) minutes be allocated to each subsequent questioner, at the discretion of the Chair.
On motion of Paul Szabo, it was agreed, -That a notice of 48 hours submitted to the Clerk of the Committee, be required before any substantive motion may be presented to the Committee.
On motion of Marcel Proulx, it was agreed, -That, as established by the Board of Internal Economy and if requested, reasonable travelling, accommodation, and living expenses be reimbursed to witnesses who are invited to appear before the Committee up to a maximum of 2 representatives for any organization.
By unanimous consent, it was agreed, -That, pursuant to Standing Order 111(4), whenever an Order in council for appointment or a certificate of nomination for appointment is referred to the Committee, the Clerk shall obtain and circulate to each member of the Committee a copy of the resume of each appointee.
By unanimous consent, it was agreed, -That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to distribute documents received from the public only when they have been translated in both official languages.
By unanimous consent, it was agreed, -That the Committee authorize the Chair, from time to time, as the need arises, to take, in conjunction with the Clerk of the Committee the appropriate measures to provide lunches for the Committee and its Sub-committees, for working purposes, and that the cost of these lunches be charged to the budget of the Committee.
By unanimous consent, it was agreed, -That one (1) transcript of all in camera meetings be produced and kept in the Committee Clerk's office for consultation.
By unanimous consent, it was agreed, -That the Committee meet on Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..
At 4:02 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.
Clerk of the Committee