Mr Ted Arnott (Waterloo-Wellington PC)
Mr Marcel Beaubien (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex PC)
Mr David Christopherson (Hamilton West / -Ouest ND)
Mr Doug Galt (Northumberland PC)
Mr Monte Kwinter (York Centre / -Centre L)
Mrs Tina R. Molinari (Thornhill PC)
Mr Gerry Phillips (Scarborough-Agincourt L)
Mr Toni Skarica (Wentworth-Burlington PC)
Clerk / Greffier
Mr Tom Prins
Staff / Personnel
Mr David Rampersad, research officer, Research and Information
The committee met at 1006 in room 151.
The Chair (Mr Marcel
Beaubien): If I can get your attention, we'll bring the
meeting to order. It's five after 10. I like to call meetings on
The purpose of the meeting this
morning is, we have two subcommittee reports that we have to look
at. One is December 2 and the other one's December 6. Does
someone wish to move the December 2 subcommittee report?
Mr Monte Kwinter
(York Centre): I move acceptance of the subcommittee
report of December 2, 1999.
Mr Doug Galt
(Northumberland): I guess I can second that.
Do you want me to read it into the record?
"Report of the subcommittee,
re pre-budget consultations.
"The subcommittee met on
Thursday, December 2, 1999, and agreed to the following:
"(1) That the Minister of
Finance be offered 60 minutes in which to make a presentation.
Following this presentation, the three parties will each be
offered 30 minutes to ask questions and make statements;
"(2) That staff from the
Ministry of Finance be offered 60 minutes in which to make a
presentation. Following this presentation, the three parties will
each be offered 20 minutes to ask questions and make
"(3) That the Chair should
immediately forward to the three House leaders the committee's
request to meet during the upcoming recess. Specifically, the
committee would like to meet from January 31 to February 4,
February 7 to 11 and from March 6 to 9;" I assume we should also
add in here "2000."
"(4) That the committee
intends to travel to Kenora, Timmins, Chatham, Bracebridge and
"(5) That an advertisement
will be placed for one day in the major paper of each of the
cities to which the committee intends to travel. Advertisements
will be placed in both English and French papers, if possible. An
advertisement will also be placed on the Ontario Parliamentary
Channel and on the committee's Internet page;
"(6) That January 6, 2000, at
5 pm will be the cut-off time for people to contact the committee
clerk to request an opportunity to appear before the
"(7) That the deadline for
written submissions is January 31, 2000;
"(8) That each party will
provide the clerk with a prioritized list of four expert
witnesses. The clerk will attempt to schedule the two highest
priority witnesses from each list;
"(9) That the method of
scheduling will be decided at a later date;
"(10) That the Chair, in
consultation with the clerk, will make any other decisions
necessary to facilitate these committee hearings."
You've heard the motion. Discussion on the motion?
Mr Galt: A
couple of questions, if I may, Mr Chair: Is it the intent that
the minister would appear before the committee on January 31,
that Monday? Is that the way it would kick off?
That's the intent, yes. The minister would be allowed an hour to
make a presentation.
Mr Galt: On
the length of time, I'm not really arguing or attempting to
debate it. Just going by other committees heading off on hearings
on a bill, usually it isn't that extensive with the minister. A
60-minute speech and then three 20-minute question periods,
that's two hours. Do we need that much time? I guess the
subcommittee thought so, but I'd just like to hear what your
I have sat on this committee now for 10 years and what has been
the practice is that the minister comes in and makes his
statement. Notwithstanding that there's an hour assigned, he can
decide to speak for 10 minutes or an hour and a half really. It's
Then after that, the ministry
officials make their presentation, and it's usually accompanied
by a slide show where they put up graphs. They do their
predictions, really, of what's going to happen to the economy,
what's happening. That takes place and sometimes that goes on for
some time. It gives everybody a chance to question their
suppositions and to find out where they are.
What that does is really set
the stage when we get our expert witnesses in, because you have
the Ministry of Finance saying, "This is what we think is going
to happen in the upcoming year." Then you get the economists and the banks. They come in
and they tell you what they think, and you use the ministry
projections to see where the variances are.
This time is allotted, but it
isn't that you must speak for that long. It's really at the
discretion of the presenters and of the committee.
Mr Galt: So
it's really more a limit on the time that can be consumed. I said
the minister 60 minutes and then the responses 20. Actually I was
mixing the two-
It's really just an opportunity to try to manage the time and to
say, "This is what we think." But it isn't like in the House
where the Speaker stands up and says, "Your time has elapsed,"
and that's it.
Mr Galt: OK.
Then I see we're travelling. Is that the second week we'd be on
the road for those five communities, or have any dates been
placed beside the communities? Is it the first week in Toronto,
second week on the road?
That's correct, Mr Galt. I don't have the specific dates with me
here as to the locations. I think we still have to firm up the
travel arrangements on that, but it's the intent to be in Toronto
the first week and to be on the road the second week.
Mr Toni Skarica
(Wentworth-Burlington): I wonder if I could just propose
some amendments to the report, dealing first of all with December
2, 1999, paragraph (4), "That the committee intends to travel to
Kenora, Timmins, Chatham, Bracebridge and Brockville."
I've discussed it with the
Ministry of Finance officials and they feel there is no
representation at all from outside of-well, there's Toronto and
then there's northern and western Ontario and eastern Ontario,
but they felt that perhaps we should go into the Niagara area,
somewhere in southern Ontario. So I'm suggesting, instead of
Bracebridge, Niagara Falls.
Are you proposing an amendment to the-
Yes, to (4).
You're moving that?
Yes, I move that.
To delete "Bracebridge" and-
To delete "Bracebridge" and to have "Niagara Falls."
Is there a seconder for that? No. Any discussion on the
Mr Galt: I
would ask the question, why was Bracebridge a consideration in
the first place?
If I can respond, even though I'm not a member of the
subcommittee, I happened to sub in at that subcommittee when this
discussion took place. When the decision was made to visit these
places, it was felt that there is a constant feeling that the
economy is booming in Ontario, and it is, but there was also a
feeling that not all areas of the province are seeing the
benefits of it. Notwithstanding that Toronto in particular and
some of the major centres are seeing very, very buoyant
economies, some of these other areas aren't. It was felt that so
that we don't get a skewed view of what's happening, we should go
out and see these communities.
These were arbitrary, really.
It was a matter of taking a look at regions of the province where
members felt there could be some interesting input from the
people as to what they are experiencing and what their concerns
are. Bracebridge was chosen because it's an area that is the near
north, outside of the 905. That was why, and it was arbitrary.
You could argue any way you want to, whether Bracebridge or
Niagara. That was really the rationale for it.
The Ministry of Finance feels there is already representation
from northern areas and nothing from southern Ontario. Niagara
Falls is suggested as a good location because it's near Welland
and Hamilton, which really haven't benefited as much as many of
the areas of the province have.
Any further discussion?
I have no problem with that at all. As I say, these locations, to
my mind, were arbitrary, just to get representation in certain
parts of the province. I would have no problem with that.
Mr Skarica has proposed an amendment to the report of the
subcommittee of December 2, deleting "Bracebridge," to be
replaced with "Niagara Falls." All those in favour of that?
Can I suggest that we hear from the representative of the NDP
because he was party to this discussion and he may have some
Perhaps I can explain.
The Ministry of Finance
people reviewed the places we were going to and they felt that
Niagara Falls would be a better pick than Bracebridge. We don't
have anything from southern Ontario and it's close to Welland and
Hamilton, which have not benefited from the economic boom in
Ontario as other places have.
Christopherson (Hamilton West): Sorry, Niagara Falls
instead of Bracebridge?
Christopherson: Let me throw something at you to have
considered on the table and maybe we can do a quid pro quo
I found out afterwards-I
meant to speak to you, Chair, in the House yesterday and I
apologize. I got distracted and by the time I became aware I
needed to talk to you, you were gone because the House was
I didn't find out until just
the other day that our staff had been planning our caucus retreat
during a period of time that overlaps when the committees were
planning to meet. It would be most helpful, given that I'm the
caucus House leader and it's virtually impossible to do a retreat
without the House leader, if we could move the two days, the
Thursday and Friday, to some other time period that would allow
me to attend that caucus retreat, because all of the other plans
fit except me. I'm the problem now.
Christopherson: February-I don't have a calendar-10 or
11. It's that weekend and the Thursday, Friday.
Mr Skarica: What are you
Christopherson: I'm open to anything outside of that.
It's just those two days.
Before we go any further, since we have an amendment on the
floor, can we vote on the first one and then we'll come back to
yours, Mr Christopherson?
Christopherson: I was hoping we could sort of do a
sidebar here and cut a deal and then we could do quick votes that
cover both. I just left the House leaders' meeting so I'm in a
I would agree on behalf of the government side to agree to that
changing of the dates, regardless of your position on the other
Christopherson: I appreciate that and, quite frankly, I
don't have a problem with the switch in location from Bracebridge
to Niagara Falls.
On the first amendment, all those in favour of substituting
Niagara Falls for Bracebridge, please indicate in favour.
Opposed, there's none. It's unanimous. So paragraph 4 will be
Now, Mr Christopherson,
you're suggesting that February-we don't have the exact date. I
don't have a calendar either.
Christopherson: Probably 10 and 11, I think. Seven to
11, Tom, was Monday to Friday?
So you need the 10th and 11th for your caucus retreat, and you're
suggesting we should move it to the following week?
Christopherson: Whatever works. I'm very flexible,
Can we leave the clerk-it's going to depend on the travel. Can we
make the arrangements to have the other two dates and we'll let
Perhaps to clarify, we're in Toronto, then, on January 31 to
So there's an amendment to
change February 10 and 11 to some undecided date. That's pretty
vague but I think that's about the best I can do.
Should it be decided at this meeting rather than just leave it
Christopherson: If we're all comfortable, we can leave
it to the Chair to work with the clerk.
Mr Galt: The
only concern I have is I have two other committees at least that
I'm juggling with and there may be a third for me to work on this
winter. The sooner I know what it's going to be, the better. I
need it nailed down. That's all I'm asking.
The Chair: I
can appreciate that.
Mr Galt: I
don't mind the shift here. Actually it may be helpful for the
other responsibilities I have.
The Chair: I
can have the clerk get in touch with you, probably as early as
Monday. It's just a matter of making the proper travel
arrangements for the next two days. The following week
Mr Galt: The
following Monday and Tuesday would be just fine.
Would that be OK?
Christopherson: I believe so, yes.
Would that be OK, Mr Kwinter?
I point out that the minister isn't available January 31. He
would be available on February 1, so the committee knows this. If
he's going to make a presentation, it would be the following day,
if that works. We could have a start on the February 1-
Just following up on my comments earlier, I really think it's
critical that the hearings start with the minister. I have no
problem when it does, but I think he should be there at the
beginning, and not come the second day.
Let's start February 1 then.
Mr Skarica, are you moving that we start February 1, as opposed
to January 31, and are you also moving that we change the
February 10 and 11 to February 14 and 15?
Correct. We probably need an extra day, then, if we're starting a
day later. What day is February 4?
February 4 is a Friday.
How do you want to arrange that? That's only four days in
Christopherson: I was going to ask a question, if I can,
We have six expert witnesses.
Do we have enough sort of formal part of what we were doing as
pre-hearing work in terms of presentations that would take up the
Monday, and then do the minister the next morning, or do we have
a gap there and how big a gap do you think, roughly?
The ministry, Monte, could
still do its presentation, right? Whether we have the ministry
first or the minister first doesn't matter, as long as we do both
before we start hearings.
On the second sheet, the December 6 meeting, item 5 gives us some
flexibility: "The expert witnesses will be offered 60 minutes." I
think that may answer your concern there.
Christopherson: Tom, are we going to be able to complete
all the presentations-the minister, expert witnesses and
everything-by the end of business day one?
Clerk of the
Committee (Mr Tom Prins): The committee can set its own
time schedule, when it starts and when it ends, so we can.
Christopherson: No, that's not my question. It's fine to
point to this 60 minutes. That tells me there's four hours, and
then we were going to give the ministry staff-how much time was
it?-another hour, and then an hour's response, which is six
hours. If we normally sit seven hours a day, maybe-five or six-my
point is that it may not make a difference. We'll just switch it.
We're not going to be into regular presentations until Tuesday
anyway, by the looks of it. If that's the case, all we're doing
is juggling within the framework of initial presentations, as
opposed to hearing from witnesses, correct?
Clerk of the Committee: If I can
clarify for myself, you're talking about possibly putting the
expert witnesses on the first day, the six of them for an hour,
so six hours of expert witnesses on the first day, and then
hearing from the minister and ministry staff on the second
Christopherson: This shouldn't be complicated. It's
probably me; I confess that. Nonetheless, you're stuck with
making sure I understand before we can move on. Sorry.
If the minister was going
to speak the first day, I'm just asking that given the number of
expert witnesses and presentations and ministry staff we were
going to have anyway, this may not be a huge problem. I agree
with Monte that we definitely want to hear from the minister
before we get into public presentations. I was just asking
whether a switch of the minister to the end of that might
accommodate the same thing, use up the same amount of time. So
yes, we would do the expert witnesses and the ministry staff.
That would take up Monday regardless, right? Then we'd do the
minister first thing Tuesday morning and then get into our
responses to the minister, and then witnesses. We haven't really
Kwinter: You weren't here when I talked about what I
think the structure should be. To me, the expert witnesses are
the public. The only reason they get greater attention is because
they are experts, supposedly. I think it's critical that we
hear-I don't care whether the ministry comes first and the
minister comes second, but they've got to come together, because
what really happens is the ministry are doing their work now.
They're doing their projections and they're getting ready for the
budget. We have to know where they are because they're well along
the way. What they basically do is that the minister comes in and
gives a state of the economy address, tells you what he thinks is
happening and where they're going, and then the ministry people
come in and back it up. They give you a handout of their slides
and they do a projection and you can ask them about that.
Then that is used as the
benchmark to hear the expert witnesses come in and say, "Here's
what we think is going to happen." Invariably, you'll have the
Bank of Nova Scotia being probably the most conservative, and
then you'll have some of these consultants being the most
aggressive as to where the economy is going to go. What you have
to do is be able to weigh that against what the ministry people
are saying, because you have to figure out who is right and who
It's important that we get
them first. Whether the minister comes in the afternoon and the
officials come in the morning I don't think is of any
consequence. If he's going to be available that day, he's going
to be available morning or afternoon.
We should be able to find out. There's a fairly easy resolution
to this thing, because everybody is agreeable as to the
date-maybe not the date but the time. I think it's just a matter
of setting the date. If we move a motion that instead of starting
from January 31, we move it to February 1, I don't think anybody
has any problem. It's just a matter of slotting another date
somewhere in there.
Skarica: I was going to suggest February 16. Can we do
that? I have a calendar here.
The 14th, 15th and 16th?
Skarica: That would be three days.
Christopherson: Are you looking at moving that whole
Skarica: No, just adding the 16th, because we're already
sitting on the 14th and 15th.
The following week, to switch the two dates that you've
Skarica: The following week after your retreat. Would
that be all right?
Christopherson: That's fine, because they're hearing
from the public in the Toronto area, right? Those are Toronto
So we would break it in two.
Christopherson: That works.
To put it in perspective, what I'm hearing is we'll sit from the
1st to the 4th, the 7th to the 9th and the 14th to the 16th,
That's my understanding.
That's fine by me.
Who's going to move this? Mr Galt?
Do you need it as an amendment?
It is an amendment to the minutes, so we'll be voting on the
amendment, which is the first-
Skarica: Is it the 6th to the 9th?
Oh yes, I guess that's still in place. That's not being scrapped.
That wasn't my intent, so add March 6 to 9.
Skarica: March 9, there will be no witnesses there.
Christopherson: We may end up going less than that time,
but we gave ourselves that amount of time to do committee
preparation. We suspect we will be done sooner.
Mr Ted Arnott
(Waterloo-Wellington): For writing the report?
Christopherson: Yes. Ultimately it's likely we'll end up
with a majority report and a couple of minority reports. You
don't think so, Ted? God, you're optimistic.
Another point I would like to bring to your attention is that we
had given the researcher two weeks to write the report. That will
cut one week off, so we're going to have to push that another
week down. I don't know which point it is, but that's another
number we'll have to amend.
Anyway, a vote on the
amendment changing the date:
All those in favour?
Opposed? That's carried unanimously.
The next item: We might as
well deal with the report, because we are changing the date of
On March 6 to 9, have we decided? I'm sorry-
Mr Galt: You brought in the
complication there and I'm not just sure where we're at with that
date, March 6 to 9. Are we leaving it in the same week or are we
We're not talking about March; we're talking about February.
Yes, but you commented on-does that amendment include March 6 to
9? Then you said we needed two weeks to write the report.
No, my understanding of the amendment is that we've changed
January 31 to February 1. We'll be sitting here the 1st, 2nd and
3rd, and the 4th, I guess. We will be travelling on the 7th, 8th
and 9th. Then we'll be travelling the 14th and the 15th, coming
back to Toronto on the 16th.
Right, and March 6 to 9 remains.
Where do you get March 6?
The bottom line of item (3).
OK, that would remain the same
OK, I just wanted clarification there. Good.
Christopherson: So 1st to 4th inclusive; 7th to 9th
inclusive; 14th to 16th inclusive; and March 6 to 9 inclusive,
Yes. What about the report? Any further discussion on this
particular report? Let's make it easy.
Just one comment, Mr Chair. We're on the road, we're travelling.
That's good and bad. I can understand the debate that went into
it. We've also said no to paying any expenses. Any consideration
given to a conference phone, a speaker phone in the room, so that
if somebody is in Renfrew or Timbuktu and would like to make a
presentation-I, for one, think that we should be using some
modern technology. We don't have to have the person always in the
Video conferencing is not
that difficult, but maybe we're not set up here for it. I, for
one, would like to start moving into this century with technology
and taking advantage of something as simple as a speaker
Christopherson: Without getting into too much of a
debate on this, because there is a question on our side as to
motivation here-and I hear you, Doug-we've been through this in
the past Parliament. It was quite controversial and caused a lot
of consternation, if you recall.
My first-blush response
would be that certainly if we wanted to look at reserving one or
two slots while we're in the northern locations to accommodate
people who may be even further flung-the problem is, I'm not sure
how much access there is as you go further north or further
afield from Kenora or Timmins, but in those cases it would make
If we're in any of the
southern communities, I don't think there's a rationale for it.
It's usually driveable for most.
Kwinter: Let me tell you the reality of these hearings.
What usually happens is that the proponent of a point of view
comes forward, will have a prepared text, will hand it out, and
in most cases all you really do is hear them read it. If there is
time at the end, you get a chance to ask one or two questions,
and that's it. In many of the cases there is no time. They just
read the report, it takes up the allotted time, and that's it.
You really have a situation where if you're going to get involved
in the so-called modern technology so that you can watch somebody
read it as opposed to having it read, it makes no sense. There
isn't a great deal of opportunity for interaction.
We've had situations where
someone would come and speak for a minute and then we use their
14 minutes asking questions, but usually the case is that they
take up a good part of their time and you get a chance to ask
them one question, one round-everybody gets a chance to ask one
So I understand what you're
saying, but the reality of the situation is that you're going to
go to an incredible amount of expense for really very little
change in what can happen.
Just for a second and I don't want to belabour or debate, in the
example being used of Kenora, if somebody is in Thunder Bay,
that's still a fair drive. Maybe a little flexibility could be
left with the Chair and the clerk that if one of these situations
arises they can make a decision on it. You're talking about the
expense for a phone. I'm thinking about the expense for a person
to drive from Thunder Bay to Kenora. We really shouldn't screen
out somebody in Thunder Bay that would like to make a
presentation. That's my kind of thinking.
Christopherson: That's why I was open to the notion,
providing that we say OK, it's in these northern two communities.
Then we could go and reserve one or two spots to try to
accommodate someone who otherwise couldn't be there. What I
didn't want to get into-and I'm fine with that, notwithstanding
Where I would have a
problem is if, say, we were in Niagara Falls and you wanted to do
that in lieu of having people come in. I think in that case we
start to get into a debate about what's really going on here. But
in the north you're being very inclusive by doing that, again
providing that no one ever thinks that we can completely replace
being in the community with video technology, which we've done
here before and was not very effective. To state it again: One or
two spots in each of the northern locations reserved for some
type of electronic communications to allow someone who otherwise
couldn't make a presentation because of distance I think is a
I'm comfortable to leave it that way without a vote or
I would also like to point out that anyone can make a written
submission to the committee. Is there any further discussion on
the minutes in front of the members?
No, just the one, December 2.
Mr Christopherson: One question:
The 60 minutes from the staff-oh, that's fine. No, it's on the
next one. Fine.
If there's no further discussion, then I would entertain a vote
on the amended-
Skarica: Can I ask one further question. The
advertisements in paragraph 5, who pays for those? Is it
All those in favour of the amended minutes in front of you?
Opposed? It's carried unanimously.
We'll go to the minutes of
December 6. Could someone move it?
Kwinter: I move adoption of the report of the
subcommittee, which met on Monday, December 6, 1999, and agreed
to the following:
"(1) That each of the three
parties will provide the clerk with a list of four expert
witnesses on or before December 16, 1999;
"(2) That on January 7,
2000, the clerk will supply each of the three parties with a list
of all of the potential witnesses who have requested to appear
before the committee;
"(3) That each party will
supply the clerk of the committee with a prioritized list of the
names and phone numbers of the deputants that they would like to
hear from in any given location. These deputants must be selected
from the original list distributed by the clerk to the
subcommittee members. The list provided by each party will be
provided to the clerk by January 14, 2000;
"(4) The clerk will
schedule witnesses from the prioritized lists provided by each of
the three parties. Each party is entitled to select the same
number of witnesses;
"(5) That expert witnesses
will be offered 60 minutes in which to make a presentation,
groups will be offered 30 minutes in which to make a
presentation, and individuals will be offered 15 minutes in which
to make a presentation. The Chair and/or the subcommittee may
modify these times;
"(6) That if all groups can
be scheduled in a given location the clerk can proceed to
schedule all interested parties and, therefore, no party list is
required for that location;
"(7) That the research
officer will send out a draft report to committee members on
February 25, 2000;
"(8) That the newspaper
advertisement will be sent out as soon as possible after the
committee meeting on December 9, 1999;
"(9) That witnesses'
expenses will not be reimbursed."
You've heard the motion. Discussion?
Christopherson: I have a question. Does the movement we
made on meeting dates affect the research officer's ability to
meet the February 25 deadline?
Yes, it does. We will have to move that probably a week further.
Are you proposing to move that?
Christopherson: I would move that.
That would move it to March 3.
Christopherson: How much time did we have before,
between receiving the draft and starting to meet as a committee?
Do you recall, David?
Rampersad: It would have been just over a week. I would
have given it on a Friday and the committee would have met on
Monday, the 6th. Now I will submit the report on Wednesday, the
3rd, and the committee is to meet on Monday, the 6th.
Christopherson: That doesn't work.
Rampersad: I'm sorry?
Christopherson: That puts the 6th on Saturday.
Rampersad: If I submit it on Wednesday, March 3-
Christopherson: What day is March 6?
No, I'm sorry, the 3rd is a Friday.
Rampersad: I'm sorry. So I submit it on March 1.
Yes, March 1 would be a Wednesday.
Christopherson: Then we'd meet the following Monday.
Christopherson: It's a little tight, but I could make it
It should be OK.
So you're moving March 1?
Christopherson: I would.
This is paragraph 7.
Christopherson: We just changed February 25 to March 1
to reflect the changes in the committee meeting dates.
Any further discussion on the amendment?
If not, all those in favour
of amending the date from February 25 to March 1, 2000? Opposed?
That's carried unanimously.
Skarica: I have some timelines that perhaps we could
address, starting off with paragraph 1. December 16, the finance
people feel, is a little tight. We're wondering if that date
could be changed to December 21? December 16 is only a week away
Christopherson: That's fine.
You're proposing that amendment, Mr Skarica?
Skarica: Yes, December 21.
Any discussion on the amendment?
I'm lost here.
Skarica: Paragraph 1.
All in favour of amending the date from December 16 to December
21? Opposed? That's carried unanimously.
Skarica: Paragraph 2 right now says, "That on January 7,
2000," if that could be moved to January 19.
Christopherson: What does that do to the gap time?
Mr Skarica: We're starting
You wanted to move that to what date, Toni?
Skarica: January 19. The reason for that, and perhaps
you're going to have to do a paragraph 10, is in the-I'm sorry. I
thought it was in this one, but if you go back to the report of
the subcommittee we just adopted, that January 6, 2000, will be
the cut-off time, that doesn't leave a lot of time for people to
contact the committee clerk. I was going to suggest that we could
perhaps move that forward to the 16th, I believe.
January 16 is a Sunday.
Skarica: I'm sorry, it's a Sunday. Just a second.
Christopherson: Tom, what happened to the request for
that chronological list that I asked for? Wouldn't that be
helpful for all these deliberations so we can look at this?
Skarica: I was going to suggest January 18. I'm going to
propose paragraph 10 to amend the-we're now dealing with December
6, so I would propose an amendment, paragraph 10, that we amend
the previous report of the subcommittee to change paragraph 6 to
January 18, I believe.
On the December 6 minutes, in paragraph 2, you're suggesting that
we change the date to?
Skarica: January 19, but we're going to have to go back
to the December 2 minutes, I'm sorry, paragraph 6, where we have
the cut-off date of January 6. That doesn't leave a lot of time,
particularly at Christmas, so to move that up two weeks
approximately, to January 18, to give people more time.
Kwinter: What you're really saying is that you're giving
them till 5 pm on the 18th and the clerk is going to provide us
with a list the next day?
Skarica: I guess that's going to be pretty tough, isn't
it? How much time do you need?
Clerk of the
Committee: That can be done.
Skarica: That can be done? That would give two extra
weeks and I think with the Christmas holidays that's a good idea.
Perhaps we could then have a paragraph 10 for the December 6
minutes, "That the approved report of the subcommittee dated
December 2, paragraph 6, be amended to January 18, 2000."
OK. Before we go back to the December 2, we need unanimous
consent to go and reopen that issue.
Kwinter: We don't have to reopen it, just add it on.
Just add it on to this one?
Kwinter: Yes, we're going to add a new 10 on this
Is that what you're proposing?
Skarica: A new 10 on that one. Paragraph 10 would
"That the approved report
of the subcommittee dated December 2, 1999, paragraph 6, be
amended to indicate as follows: That January 18, 2000, at 5 pm
will be the cut-off time for people to contact the committee
clerk to request an opportunity to appear before the committee."
If I could move that.
Discussion? If not, then all those in favour of the amendment?
Skarica: Then we go back to paragraph 2 of the
subcommittee report dated Monday, December 6, that the date there
be changed from January 7 to January 19.
So we change the date from January 7 to January 19. Discussion on
the amendment? If not, then all in favour of the amendment?
Skarica: The next paragraph, in light of the change in
timelines: "That the list provided by each party will be provided
to the clerk by January 21, 2000."
Skarica: January 14 to January 21.
Discussion on the amendment? If not, then all those in favour?
Skarica: I believe those are the amendments I'm
Any further discussion?
Christopherson: Just a clarification: Paragraph 7,
February 25 is changed to what?
Christopherson: Now for those who are following these
details very carefully, this all works, Tom and David?
We hope. We'll let you know if it doesn't.
Christopherson: Yes, we'll hear from you, I'm sure.
Any further discussion on the minutes? If not, then I'll
entertain the vote. All those in favour of the amended minutes of
December 6? That's carried.
Skarica: Can we go back to the December 2 minutes. We've
been asked to clarify paragraph 5. Are there going to be any
advertisements in Toronto for those advertisements?
I think that concludes the
business of the day and we'll have the next meeting at the call
of the Chair. We're now adjourned.