THE COMMITTEE OF SELECTION

EVIDENCE


OTTAWA, Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Senate Committee of Selection met this day at 7 p.m., pursuant to rule 12-13 of the Rules of the Senate, to hold an organizational meeting; and, pursuant to rule 12-2(1)(a) of the Rules of the Senate, to nominate a senator to preside as Speaker pro tempore; and, pursuant to rule 12-2(2) of the Rules of the Senate, to nominate senators to serve on select committees during the present session.

[English]

Heather Lank, Clerk of the Committee: Honourable senators, as clerk of your committee, it is my duty to preside over the election of a chair. I am ready to receive motions to that effect, please.

Senator Greene: I nominate Senator Marshall, a person of inestimable qualities.

Ms. Lank: Seeing no other nominations, it is moved by the Honourable Senator Greene that the Honourable Senator Marshall do take the chair of this committee. Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

Ms. Lank: Carried.

I now invite Senator Marshall to please take the chair.

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

The Chair: Thank you. We will move to Item No. 2 on our agenda.

Senator Comeau: May I, Madam Chair, propose Senator Munson as the deputy chair?

The Chair: It is moved by the Honourable Comeau that Senator Munson be deputy chair of the committee. Are honourable senators in agreement?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

Senator Munson: Thank you so much.

The Chair: We'll move to Item No. 3, nomination of the Speaker pro tempore. The floor is open for nominations.

Senator Greene: I would like to nominate Senator Oliver.

The Chair: It is moved by the Honourable Senator Greene that the Honourable Senator Oliver be nominated to preside as Speaker pro tempore. Are honourable senators in agreement?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: Item No. 4, report nomination to the Senate of the Speaker pro tempore. When shall the chair report to the Senate the nomination of the pro tempore?

Senator Frum: I propose that the report be given to the Senate on the next sitting day of the Senate.

The Chair: Are honourable senators in agreement?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We are going to move to Item No. 5. We're now into the nomination of senators to serve on committees. Can I have nominations for members from the opposition side for the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples?

Senator Munson: Yes, I will do it. I'll do the names like I've done in the last four or five years, right?

I would like to move the following members to sit on the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples: Senators Dyck, Lovelace Nicholas, Munson, Sibbeston.

The Chair: Could I also have nominations for members from the government side to sit on the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples?

Senator Martin: Yes. I would like to nominate Senators Beyak, Meredith, Ngo, Patterson, Raine, Tannas, Unger and White.

The Chair: Are honourable senators in agreement with the nominations?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We will move to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Could I have nominations for members from the government side?

Senator Comeau: Madam Chair, I would like to propose the following names: Senators Buth, Dagenais, Eaton, Maltais, Mockler, Ogilvie, Oh and Rivard.

The Chair: Could I also have nominations for members from the opposition side for this committee?

Senator Moore: Yes, chair: Senators Callbeck, Mercer, Merchant and Tardif.

The Chair: Are all senators in agreement?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We are moving to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. Could I have nominations for members from the opposition for the committee?

Senator Hervieux-Payette: I will start with my name, Hervieux-Payette; Massicotte, Moore and Ringuette.

The Chair: Could I also have nominations for members from the government side?

Senator Greene: It's Black, Gerstein, Greene — that's me — Maltais, Ruth, Oliver, Rivard and Tkachuk.

The Chair: Are all honourable senators in agreement with the members on this committee?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're moving to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. Could I have a nomination for members from the government side?

Senator Frum: I would like to nominate Senators Black, Boisvenu, Frum, MacDonald, Neufeld, Patterson, Seidman and Wallace.

The Chair: Could I have a nomination for the members from the opposition side for the committee?

Senator Tardif: Madam Chair, I would like to nominate Senators Massicotte, Mitchell, Ringuette and Sibbeston.

The Chair: Are all honourable senators in agreement?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We are moving to the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Could I have a nomination for the members for the opposition side for this committee?

Senator Munson: Madam Chair, I would like to nominate Senators Baker, Hubley, Lovelace Nicholas and Robichaud.

The Chair: Could I also have a nomination for the members on this committee from the government side?

Senator Martin: Madam Chair, I'd like to nominate Senators Beyak, Manning, McGinnis, Plett, Poirier, Raine, Stewart Olsen and Wells.

The Chair: Are all honourable senators in agreement?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're moving to the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Could I have nomination for members from the government side?

[Translation]

Senator Comeau: Senators Andreychuk, Ataullahjan, Demers, Fortin-Duplessis, Housakos, Johnson, Oh and Verner.

[English]

The Chair: Could I also have a nomination for the members from the opposition side?

Senator Moore: Yes, chair: Senators Dawson, Downe, Robichaud and Smith (Cobourg).

The Chair: Are all honourable senators in agreement with the nomination of the senators?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're moving to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights. Could I have a nomination for members from the opposition side for this committee?

Senator Hervieux-Payette: Senators Eggleton, Hubley and Jaffer.

The Chair: Could I also have a nomination for members from the government side?

Senator Greene: Senators Andreychuk, Ataullahjan, Meredith, Ngo and Seidman.

The Chair: Are all honourable senators in agreement with those members on the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're moving to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. Could I have a nomination for members from the government side for this committee?

Senator Frum: I nominate Senators Comeau, Doyle, Johnson, Kinsella, Lang, LeBreton, Marshall, Smith (Saurel) and Tkachuk.

The Chair: Could I also have a nomination for members from the opposition side, please, for this committee?

[Translation]

Senator Tardif: I would like to nominate Senators Campbell, Cordy, Downe Furey and Munson.

[English]

The Chair: Are all honourable senators in agreement with these nominations?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're now moving to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. Could I have a nomination for members from the opposition side for this committee?

Senator Munson: Yes, Madam Chair, we would like to nominate Senators Baker, Jaffer, Joyal and Rivest.

The Chair: Could I also have a nomination for members from the government side?

Senator Martin: Yes, Madam Chair. I would like to nominate Senators Batters, Boisvenu, Braley, Dagenais, Frum, McIntyre, Runciman and White.

The Chair: Are all honourable senators in agreement with these nominations?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're now moving to the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. Could I have a nomination for members on the government side, please?

[Translation]

Senator Comeau: Madam Chair, Senators Champagne, Cools and Rivard.

[English]

The Chair: Could I also have a nomination for members from the opposition side?

Senator Moore: Yes, chair: Senators Mercer and Poulin.

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

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're now moving to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. Could I have a nomination for members from the opposition side for this committee?

[Translation]

Senator Hervieux-Payette: Senators Callbeck, Chaput, Day and Hervieux-Payette.

[English]

The Chair: And from the government side?

Senator Greene: Senators Bellemare, Buth, Doyle, Gerstein, Mockler, Seth, Smith (Saurel) and Wells.

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

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're moving to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence. Could I have a nomination for members from the government side, please?

Senator Frum: I would like to nominate Senators Lang, Manning, Nolin and Segal.

The Chair: Could I also have a nomination for members from the opposition side?

[Translation]

Senator Tardif: Senators Dallaire, Day and Mitchell.

[English]

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

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're now moving into the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages. Could I have a nomination for members from the opposition side for this committee, please?

[Translation]

Senator Munson: Senators Chaput, Poulin and Tardif.

[English]

The Chair: Could I have a nomination for members from the government side?

Senator Martin: I nominate Senators Beyak, Champagne, Fortin-Duplessis, McIntyre, Poirier and White.

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

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're moving to the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament. Could I have a nomination for members from the government side?

Senator Comeau: The following names: Batters, Braley, Comeau, Cools, Enverga, Martin, Nolin, Wallace. That will be it.

The Chair: Could I have a nomination for members from the opposition side, please?

Senator Moore: Yes, chair: Senators Furey, Jaffer, Joyal, McCoy and Smith (Cobourg).

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

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: The next committee is the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. Could I have a nomination for members from the opposition side?

Senator Hervieux-Payette: Senators Campbell, Hervieux-Payette and Moore.

The Chair: Could I also have a nomination for members from the government side, please?

Senator Greene: Batters, Ruth, Runciman, Tannas, Unger.

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

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We're now moving into the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. The floor is open for nominations for members from the government side.

Senator Frum: I nominate Senators Bellemare, Eaton, Enverga, Ogilvie, Segal, Seidman, Seth and Stewart Olsen.

The Chair: Could I also have nomination for members from the opposition for this committee?

[Translation]

Senator Tardif: Senators Chaput, Cordy, Dyck and Eggleton.

[English]

The Chair: Are honourable senators agreeable to adopting this motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: We now move to the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications. Could I have a nomination for members for this committee from the opposition?

Senator Munson: Yes, Madam Chair: Senators Dawson, Eggleton, Mercer, Merchant.

The Chair: The floor is also open for nomination from members from the government side.

Senator Martin: Madam Chair, I nominate Senators Demers, Greene, Housakos, MacDonald, Manning, McInnis, Plett and Verner.

The Chair: We will wait a few moments while our clerk checks the numbers to make sure we have all of our numbers, because I don't want to have another meeting if we don't need to. I would rather spend the minute now and check our numbers.

Honourable senators, I beg your indulgence on this. In tabulating the numbers, we're short on four committees — not on the opposition side but on the government side. We're short one member on the Internal Economy Committee.

Senator Comeau: Wasn't Senator Manning supposed to be on? If I'm wrong, it would be fairly simple to put him on and just take him off.

The Chair: I was going to nominate Senator Manning for Internal Economy.

For National Defence we're short two members. I would like to nominate Senator Plett and Senator Wells.

The Human Rights Committee is short one member and I would like to go on that myself.

The Rules Committee is short two members, and I would like to nominate Tannas and Beyak.

Are honourable senators in agreement?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: Thank you.

Senator Moore: Would you repeat those again, please, chair?

The Chair: Senator Manning for Internal Economy; Senator Plett and Senator Wells for Defence.

Senator Moore: Yes.

The Chair: Myself for Human Rights.

Senator Moore: That's it. Rules?

The Chair: The committees are in alphabetical order.

Senator Tardif: Who is on Internal?

The Chair: Senator Manning.

And for the Rules Committee, Senator Tannas and Senator Beyak.

Senator Munson: I should know better, but on Conflict of Interest, what happened there?

Senator Comeau: I believe that goes through a different process. They continue until such time as there is an election, unless I'm wrong.

The Chair: They're voted. We don't do that one.

Senator Munson: They do their own, just like they do for the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. Okay, thank you.

The Chair: Are honourable senators in agreement with those nominations?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

The Chair: The last item is that I need a motion as to when to report this to the Senate.

Senator Comeau: I move that this report be presented to the Senate tomorrow.

The Chair: Thank you very much, Senator Comeau.

The final motion I need is to adjourn.

Senator Munson: So moved.

The Chair: Thank you very much, Senator Munson.

Senator Munson: I personally would like to thank my assistant, Christian Dicks, who has done a great job.

(The committee adjourned.)


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