THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTERNAL ECONOMY, BUDGETS AND ADMINISTRATION EVIDENCE OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration met this day at 6:40 p.m. in camera, pursuant to rule 12-7(1), to consider financial and administrative matters.
Senator David Tkachuk
) in the chair. [
Colleagues, I call the meeting to order. Just a lock-up that we have here; we're going to have the reports distributed and you'll have an hour to read, have a bite to eat, talk amongst your colleagues, and then Deloitte is going to come at 6:30 and we'll be able to ask questions, and then we're going to consider the three reports. For the purposes of due process, and the fact that we have informed the three senators that we are meeting today and we are meeting again tomorrow morning, what I'd like to do tonight, with your concurrence, is that we discuss all three reports today, of the subcommittees, that we finish our discussion but not have the vote, that we would wait for the vote tomorrow morning in case some senators aren't able to make it tonight and can make it tomorrow morning and I understand that that's the case. So what we'll hopefully have is an agreement that we can actually complete any debate we may have and not restart it tomorrow, but to allow the — they can get copies — they'll all be able to talk tomorrow and say what they want to say, and some of them may be here tonight, I don't know that, but they won't be here until 6:30, but my understanding is that we'll have one or two here tonight after 6:30. The last item is we have the travel policy and we will deal with that tomorrow, unless we have time tonight. If we go lickety-split through this thing then we'll deal with the travel policy tomorrow — I do, I am an optimist as you know, George — so that's what we'll try and do, if not, then we'll finish the travel policy off tomorrow morning. We have the room tomorrow all morning in case we need it, the room tomorrow morning, our regular meeting room, 160, we have that all morning, starting at 8:30, so that's when we reconvene.
Chair, you say they will be able to speak tomorrow, you mean the three people —
Yeah, they can participate.
That was just a question, I'm not saying they should or shouldn't, I'm just asking, you said “they,” I wasn't sure.
That's right, they as the three of them.
So do we get to ask questions?
Well, I don't know if they lead us into debate I guess you can debate them. I mean we're all colleagues here, so I think I'm going to just follow the rules that I would in regular committee, if a senator showed up he can participate, or she can participate.