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To: Attendees at last Saturday's Computer SIG meeting and others
In view of the question raised at last Saturday's meeting, I believe the
undernoted e-mail received today from Gordon Watts will be of interest.
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Second Reading of Bill S-18 finally made it to the floor of the House of
Commons today (Monday 13 June) with MP Lloyd St. Amand opening debate.
Debate started in the afternoon (my afternoon in BC). Following a
passed deferred vote on a motion that the House sit until midnite each
day from 13 June to 23 June, debate on S-18 continued until about 7:35
PM PDT. At that time the House was unanimous in referring Bill S-18 to
the House Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and
Two MPs, Lloyd St. Amand and Marc Boulainne, who have never responded to
our questions of support, but spoke in favour of access, will be
receiving Gold Ticks on the MPs Scoreboards. Werner Schmidt, currently
shown as supporting access will see a Red X of Opposition replace his
There were too many MPs speaking to the Bill, or asking questions of
those who did, to list here with summaries of their comments. I will
have the debate of S-18 placed on the Post 1901 Census project website
as soon as possible after I can access Hansard in the morning (Tuesday).
I will post a message when it is available.
The Committee to which Bill S-18 has been referred is scheduled to meet
from 3:30 to 5:30 PM (ET) on Wednesday 15 June 2005. As I write this
the only thing shown on the agenda for that meeting is 'Committee
Business'. It is my understanding however, that Bill S-18 has been
expected to be referred and that the Committee is prepared to proceed
with discussion of it at that time.
With the number of MPs who indicated during debate they wished to appear
before the Committee, and the fact that at least one, and perhaps two
MPs intend to move amendments to it, it appears to me unlikely that it
will be reported back to the House after only one meeting. Should a
motion to amend be successful, it would mean S-18 would have to be
returned to the Senate for futher debate. To become law, a Bill must be
approved in both the Senate and the House with identical wording. Let
us hope that any proposed amendments are rejected.
Unfortunately the Parliamentary Webcast website shows the Committee
meeting will be held 'in camera' and so will not be available over the
Internet. Jeff Paul advises me that he will be in attendance and
hopefully he will post something about what takes place. I will be
seeking to have the Clerk of the Committee send me a copy of the
unrevised transcript of the meeting.
I will be on the road on Wednesday but will have my laptop and cellphone
with me. I will let you know if I am advised of any information coming
out of the Committee meeting.
Gordon A. Watts gordon_watts@...
Co-chair Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC
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