THE COMMITTEE OF SELECTION

EVIDENCE


OTTAWA, Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Senate Committee of Selection met this day at 11 a.m. to consider committee membership.

Senator Elizabeth (Beth) Marshall (Chair) in the chair.

[English]

The Chair: Honourable senators, I see a quorum. I call the meeting of the Senate Committee of Selection to order.

The purpose of today's meeting is to recommend membership changes to certain Senate committees. I am ready to receive motions to that effect.

Senator Munson: I move that the Honourable Senator Campbell replace the Honourable Senator Harb on the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.

The Chair: Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: Carried.

Is there a second motion?

Senator Cordy: I move that the Honourable Senator Munson replace the Honourable Senator Harb on the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights.

The Chair: Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: Carried.

Are there any other motions?

[Translation]

Senator Fraser: I move that the Honourable Senator Robichaud replace the Honourable Senator Harb on the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

[English]

The Chair: Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: Carried.

Are there any other membership changes proposed?

[Translation]

Senator Robichaud: I move that the Honourable Senator Fraser replace the Honourable Senator Harb on the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations.

[English]

The Chair: Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: Carried.

Are there any other motions or proposed membership changes?

Senator Munson: That is it.

The Chair: Senator Munson, we will present the report this afternoon. Do you want it considered at the next sitting, now or later in the day?

Senator Munson: What is our usual procedure?

The Chair: When I did mine last week, I said "now."

Senator Comeau: It is touchy because if you do it under Routine Proceedings, it can develop into a debate at that point. You might want to do it at the next sitting. That would be my suggestion because it is debatable, and Senator Harb might wish to debate it.

Senator Fraser: I recommend doing it at the next sitting. There are some senators who are procedural freaks who get upset if you seek leave to do unusual things.

[Translation]

Senator Robichaud: This means that I am not a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and the committee is meeting this afternoon at 5 p.m.

[English]

Senator Comeau: That is a good reason to do it now.

Senator Munson: I do this at two o'clock today, do I?

The Chair: I do it.

Senator Fraser: I move for adoption "now" because of the difficulty faced by Senator Robichaud.

Senator Robichaud: "Later today" is late; it could be "now."

Senator Fraser: If someone asks why, then explain.

The Chair: We will do it "now"; not "later today," but "now."

Senator Robichaud: You have to ask for consent.

The Chair: That is right.

Are there any other matters? Seeing none, the committee is adjourned.

(The committee adjourned.)