Bill C-311 | Today’s News

Below is what has been published regarding yesterdays ENVI Meeting on Bill C-311.

There is not a lot of detail as you will see. We have been able to acquire a bit of information to fill in the blanks and add some substance.

Going into yesterdays meeting;

The ENVI Committee was scheduled to report back to the House of Commons (HOC) on October 22 2009 indicating their thoughts in a report on Bill C-311. As we all know, they did absolutely nothing substantive all spring and refused to listen to pleas from us and the rest of the community to take this issue seriously. So they were behind.

Last weeks occurrence regarding the need to vote in the chairs and vice chairs of the committees did not help at all.

At the rate they are progressing, and with nearly 50 witnesses in line to be heard, they will never be ready to report to the HOC. They determined that they needed to be granted an extension, this was the motion from yesterday. This was approved by the Committee ( we don’t know how each person voted as it was done in camera) and this recommendation for a 30 day extension needs to be presented to the HOC. This will be done on Monday and since the process requires some debate and discussion, and the house is not sitting the week after, we will not know the answer to this request until October 21 2009.

On Thursday, the schedule indicates that the topic of Bill C-311 will be discussed. It is conceivable that they may decide to take an interest in moving forward with a degree of urgency, but this is not a given.

We are urging them to act with expediency, get the meetings scheduled, call the witnesses, and focus on Bill C-311 and nothing else. Our hope is that they will find it in themselves to put politics aside in the interest of the planet.

That’s it for now,

Canadians for Action on Climate Change

Meeting No. 30
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development met at 11:07 a.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, for the purpose of electing a Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 106(1).
Members of the Committee present: James Bezan, Bernard Bigras, Peter Braid, Blaine Calkins, Linda Duncan, David J. McGuinty, Christian Ouellet, Francis Scarpaleggia, Mark Warawa, Jeffrey David Watson and Stephen Woodworth.
Acting Members present: Justin Trudeau for Ruby Dhalla.
Associate Members present: Bruce Hyer.
In attendance: Library of Parliament: Penny Becklumb, Analyst; Tim Williams, Analyst.
The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of a Chair.
On motion of Jeffrey David Watson, it was agreed, — That James Bezan be elected Chair of the Committee.
The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of the Vice-Chairs.
On motion of Justin Trudeau, it was agreed, — That Francis Scarpaleggia be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee.
On motion of Christian Ouellet, it was agreed, — That Bernard Bigras be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.
James Bezan took the Chair.
At 11:11 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:15 a.m., the sitting resumed and the Committee proceeded to sit in camera.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.
It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1(1), the Committee report to the House seeking an extension of thirty sitting days for it to complete its consideration of Bill C 311, An Act to ensure Canada assumes its responsibilities in preventing dangerous climate change, and that the study, clause by clause consideration and reporting of the Bill be completed by the end of the extension period.
At 1:06 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.
Guyanne L. Desforges
Clerk of the Committee

~ by Cory Morningstar on October 7, 2009.

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