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Meeting No. 2
Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament met at 12:37 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Joint Chairs, Blaine Calkins and the Hon. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, presiding.


Members of the Committee present representing the Senate: The Honourable Senators Hon. Jean Lapointe, Hon. Lowell Murray, Hon. Donald H. Oliver, Hon. William Rompkey and Hon. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell.


Members of the Committee present representing the House of Commons: Gérard Asselin, Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Hon. Gerry Byrne, Blaine Calkins, Hon. Ken Dryden, Cheryl Gallant, Peter Goldring, Hon. Gurbax Malhi and Louis Plamondon.


Acting Members from the House of Commons present: Ron Cannan for Mike Allen.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Kristen Douglas, Analyst.


Witnesses: Library of Parliament: William R. Young, Parliamentary Librarian; Allan Darling, Senior Special Advisor, Parliamentary Budget Officer Project.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee proceeded to a briefing on the review of the effectiveness, management and operation of the Library of Parliament.

William R. Young made a statement and, with Alan Darling, answered questions.


It was agreed, — That the Committee meet with the new Parliamentary Budget Officer at the earliest opportunity once the appointment is made.


It was agreed, — That the Committee request that the analysts prepare a comparative document regarding the estimates for the Library of Parliament, the Senate and the House of Commons.


On motion of Hon. Jean Lapointe, it was agreed, — That the Clerks of the Committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide working meals for the Committee.


At 1:31 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Joint Chairs.


Lucile McGregor
Joint Clerk of the Committee

2008/03/03 2:55 p.m.