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hand that relates to these new claims and all claims of a similar nature by Senator Duffy. They didthat, and the clerk will report their findings.Before he does, I want to state that it is highly unusual to hold a public meeting of thecommittee on matters such as that before us and, colleagues, as you are all aware, these are seriousmatters.I will try to be a fair and reasonable chairman, and I hope that we conduct ourselves in a waythat means business. We have business here to do. Senator Furey.
Thank you. I do not see Senator Duffy in the room. For the record, has SenatorDuffy been notified of the time and place of this meeting and has there been response from him orhis solicitor?
Yes. I will ask our legal counsel to give the details of that. Yes, he was, but I will havehim be more precise.
Michel Patrice, Deputy Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel:
Yesterday I spoke to his legalcounsel to inform him of the meeting taking place tonight after the Senate rises, and there wasfurther communication late this afternoon asking confirmation in terms of where the meeting willtake place.
What was your last comment, Michel?
There was further communication this afternoon. Senator Duffy wrote to the chairand the chair referred the email to the clerk of the committee, and the clerk of the committeereplied to Senator Duffy's email.
The communication was requesting the time and place of the meeting thisevening?
That is right. It was in relation to the time and place and what was the agenda of the meeting today and all of that. The report of the steering committee was provided to SenatorDuffy.
Do we have a record of the response to Senator Duffy?
Yes, we would have a record of the response.
I would like to repeat again that this is a highly unusual process, but it was SenatorDuffy who has publicly asked for a public forum, and we are providing it here today, if he wants it.