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Proceedings of the Standing Joint Committee on
Scrutiny of Regulations

Issue 10 - Evidence, October 2, 2003

OTTAWA, Thursday, October 2, 2003


The Standing Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons for the Scrutiny of Regulations met this day at 8:33 a.m. to elect the Joint Chairman (House of Commons).

Ms. Joann Garbig, Joint Clerk of the Committee: In accordance with Standing Order Number 106(1) of the House of Commons, we are here to select a joint chair representing the House of Commons. I am ready to accept motions to that effect.

Mr. Lee: I nominate Mr. Grewal as joint chair of the committee.

The Joint Clerk: Are there further nominations?

Mr. Myers: None.

The Joint Clerk: Is it the pleasure of the committee to adopt the motion?

Hon. Members: Agreed.

The Joint Clerk: I declare Mr. Grewal duly elected joint chair for the House of Commons of the Standing Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Mr. Gurmant Grewal (Joint Chairman) in the Chair.

The Joint Chairman (Mr. Grewal): Good morning, members. Thank you for the trust you have shown me again. I shall try to do my part in the best way I can.

Let us now proceed with nominations for the other positions.

Are there any nominations for the position of vice-chair of the committee?

Mr. Lee: Point of order, Mr. Chairman. I do not know why we are re-electing vice-chairs at this time. I was a member of this committee prior to the adoption of the report. I am a member of this committee right through, without interruption. I have been the vice-chair of the committee throughout. If you read the standing orders and the rules under which we operate, standing order 106(2) clearly states that vice-chairs are elected only when necessary. My vice- chairmanship has been uninterrupted. That differs from the position of the chair. Standing order 106(1) clearly requires the election of a chair but not the election of a vice-chair.

The advice from the table may be different, but we are all big boys and girls. I am asking members to accept the position that I put as being the reality so that we can avoid the election.

Mr. Maloney: I move a motion to that effect.

The Joint Chairman (Mr. Grewal): Is the motion seconded?

Mr. Myers: Agreed.

The Joint Chairman (Mr. Grewal): Is there any discussion?

Hon. Members: No.

Mr. Lee: Thank you.

The Joint Chairman (Mr. Grewal): All those in favour? All those against? Motion carried.

We have before us the schedule for the meetings of October 9 and 23, November 6 and 20, and December 4.

Are all members in favour of the schedule?

Hon. Members: Agreed.

The Joint Chairman (Mr. Grewal): The next meeting will be October 9. Is there any other business?

Senator Moore: Will the meeting be here?

The Joint Chairman (Mr. Grewal): We usually meet in this room; however, once in a while there is a change.

Senator Moore: Madam clerk, do you expect that the meetings will be held in this room?

The Joint Clerk: Yes.

The Joint Chairman (Mr. Grewal): Thank you. I appreciate your taking the time to come out this morning.

The committee adjourned.