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OTTAWA, Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Pursuant to the order of the Senate of December 3, 2020, the Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight met this day at 1:03 p.m. [ET], by videoconference, the chair, the Honourable David M. Wells, presiding. This meeting is considered to have taken place in the parliamentary precinct.

Members of the committee present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Downe, Dupuis and Wells (3).

In attendance: Marie-Ève Belzile, Principal Clerk, and Brigitte Martineau, Administrative Assistant, Committees Directorate; Till Heyde, Clerk Assistant, Chamber Operations and Procedure Office; Isabelle Brideau and Lindsay McGlashan, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament; Ben Silverman, Communications Officer, Communications Directorate; Claudine Courtois and Noah Caza, office of Senator Wells; Marylène Villeneuve, office of Senator Downe; Brigitte Poullet; office of Senator Dupuis; Alyson Queen, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Corporate Services and Clerk of Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; Chloé O’Shaughnessy, Executive Advisor, and David Groves, Parliamentary Counsel, Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on December 3, 2020, the committee continued its study relating to the nomination of its external members to the Senate.

The chair made a statement.

It was agreed that the following special study budget application on the nomination of its external members to the Senate, for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, be approved for submission to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration:





At 1:07 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 1:08 p.m., the committee, pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), resumed in camera to consider a draft agenda (future business).

At 1:59 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 2:02 p.m., the committee resumed.

At 2:55 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Shaila Anwar

Clerk of the Committee