Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Thursday, November 5, 2020:
With leave of the Senate,
The Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné:
That, in accordance with rule 10-11(1), the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine the subject matter of Bill C-9, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), introduced in the House of Commons on November 2, 2020, in advance of the said bill coming before the Senate, when and if the committee is formed;
That, notwithstanding any provision of the Rules or usual practice, for the purposes of its organization meeting and of this study, and taking into account the exceptional circumstances of the current pandemic of COVID-19, the committee have the power to meet by videoconference or teleconference, if technically feasible;
That, for greater certainty, and without limiting the general authority granted by this order, when the committee meets by videoconference or teleconference:
(a) members of the committee participating count towards quorum;
(b) such meetings be considered to be occurring in the parliamentary precinct, irrespective of where participants may be; and
(c) the committee be directed to approach in camera meetings with the utmost caution and all necessary precautions, taking account of the risks to the confidentiality of in camera proceedings inherent in such technologies;
That, if a meeting of the committee by videoconference or teleconference is public, the provisions of rule 14-7(2) be applied so as to allow recording or broadcasting through any facilities arranged by the Clerk of the Senate, and, if such a meeting cannot be broadcast live, the committee be considered to have fulfilled any obligations under the Rules relating to public meetings by making any available recording publicly available as soon as possible thereafter;
That, for the purposes of its organization meeting and of this study, the committee be authorized, to meet even though the Senate may then be sitting, with the application of rule 12- 18(1) being suspended in relation thereto; and
That, for the purposes of its organization meeting and of this study the committee have the power, pursuant to rule 12-18(2)(b)(i), to sit from Monday to Friday, even though the Senate may then be adjourned for a period exceeding one week.
The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.