Pre-Committee Review

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Next Meeting: January, 20th 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Location: West Block, Room 225-A

Meeting Agenda: 

  • Elect a committee chair. 

Committee Mandate:

In light of the prolonged diplomatic crisis with China, the House appoint a special committee with the mandate to conduct hearings to examine and review all aspects of the Canada–China relationship, including, but not limited to, consular, economic, legal, security and diplomatic relations: 

(a) that the committee be composed of 12 members, of which six shall be government members, four shall be from the official opposition, one shall be from the Bloc Québécois and one from the New Democratic Party;

(b) that changes in the membership of the committee shall be effective immediately after notification by the whip has been filed with the Clerk of the House;

(c) that membership substitutions be permitted, if required, in the manner provided for in Standing Order 114(2);

(d) that the members shall be named by their respective whip by depositing with the Clerk of the House the list of their members to serve on the committee no later than January 15, 2020;

(e) that the Clerk of the House shall convene an organization meeting of the said committee for no later than January 20, 2020;

(f) that the committee be chaired by a member of the government party;

(g) that notwithstanding Standing Order 106(2), in addition to the Chair, there be one vice-chair from the official opposition, one vice-chair from the Bloc Québécois and one vice-chair from the New Democratic Party;

(h) that quorum of the committee be as provided for in Standing Order 118 and that the Chair be authorized to hold meetings to receive evidence and to have that evidence printed when a quorum is not present, provided that at least four members are present, including one member of the opposition and one member of the government;

(i) that the committee be granted all of the powers of a standing committee, as provided in the Standing Orders, as well as the power to travel, accompanied by the necessary staff, inside and outside of Canada;

(j) that the committee have the power to authorize video and audio broadcasting of any or all of its proceedings; and

(k) that the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Public Safety, and the Canadian ambassador to China be ordered to appear as witnesses from time to time as the committee sees fit.

The committee mandate can be found on the committee webpage, and on the House of Commons House Publications page here.

Member Review:

The CACN Committee is composed of twelve members, appointed in direct relation to the composition of the House of Commons. Under the terms of the motion that created this committee, a government member must be chair and considering the government members appointed to the committee, it seems that Hon. Geoff Regan is likely to be the elected chair of this committee. In regard to individuals selected to serve on this committee, the MPs selected either serve in Foreign Affairs related roles within their caucuses, have experience in Foreign Affairs or Defense matters or are known for their parliamentary experience and their rhetorical abilities. That selection is also affected by the current Conservative leadership race, as potential candidates in that competition are expected to be removed from any potential committee service.

Committee Members

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  • Member of Parliament for Montarville, Quebec​.

  • Regular member on foreign affairs related parliamentary committees.

  • In his previous term (1993 to 2005) he served in a number of roles including whip of the Bloc and critic of Parliamentary Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, Privy Council, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Science, Research, and Development, International Trade and Asia-Pacific.

Stéphen Bergeron, BQ

Committee Member

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Dan Albas, CPC

Committee Member

  • Member of Parliament for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, British Columbia. 

  • In 2011, Albas won the election in the Okanagan—Coquihalla riding with 54% of the vote and his Conservative Party formed a majority government; Albas has held his seat since his election. 

  • Currently the Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development & Disability Inclusion.

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Leona Alleslev, CPC

Committee Member

  • Member of Parliament for Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, Ontario.

  • Currently the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party.

  • Alleslev was elected as a Liberal MP in the last election but crossed the floor in September 2018 joining the Conservative Party.

  • From December 2015 to January 2017, Alleslev served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement. 

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Chris Warkentin, CPC

Committee Member

  • Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie, Alberta. 

  • Chris was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2006 federal election and was subsequently re-elected in 2008, 2011, and 2015.

  • Mr. Warkentin's work has primarily focused on small business growth in the West and across Canada. 

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John Williamson, CPC

Committee Member

  • Member of Parliament for  New Brunswick Southwest. 

  • Prior to his election to the House of Commons in 2011, Mr. Williamson worked as the Director of Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister.

  • John joined the National Post as an editorial writer in 1998 and was a founding member of the newspaper’s editorial board.

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Emmanuel Dubourg, LPC

Committee Member

  • In November 2013 he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election to become the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Bourassa.

  • Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant with an Executive Master of Business Administration, Dubourg was a manager in the federal public service for 20 years.

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Peter Fragiskatos, LPC

Committee Member

  • Peter is a Canadian academic and Liberal Party of Canada politician, who was elected to represent the riding of London North Centre.

  • Prior to his election he was a political science professor at Huron University College and King's University College. 

  • He was a frequent commentator on international issues, and was published by Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, BBC News, and CNN.

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Rob Oliphant, LPC

Committee Member

  • The Rev. Dr. Robert Oliphant was elected to the House of Commons in October 2015, representing the federal riding of Don Valley West.

  • Rob is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • Oliphant is now working closely with the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

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Hon. Geoff Regan, LPC

Committee Member

  • The Hon. Geoff Regan has been the Member of Parliament for Halifax West since 1993 and served as the 36th Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada.

  • Before entering public life, Geoff practiced law and was an active community volunteer.

  • Geoff has worked tirelessly to advance citizen-based initiatives such as education, environmental protection, and health promotion.

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Jean Yip, LPC

Committee Member

  • Jean is the Member of Parliament for Scarborough Agincourt, Ontario and replacing her late husband.

  • Jean is a member of the Canada-China Legislative Association, as well as the Canada-Armenia and Canada-Philippines Parliamentary Friendship Groups.

  • Jean sits on the Public Accounts and Government Operations Committees.

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Lenore Zann, LPC

Committee Member

  • Lenore is an Australian-Canadian actress and politician who serves the riding of Cumberland—Colchester, Nova Scotia. 

  • Before entering federal politics, she represented the electoral district of Truro-Bible Hill in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 2009 until 2019.

  • Lenore served as the NDP critic for multiple files including Aboriginal Affairs, Community Culture and Heritage, Community Services, Education, and Human rights.

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Jack Harris, NDP

Committee Member

  • Jack is the Member of Parliament for St. John's East, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

  • Jack serves as critic for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Foreign Affairs, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and as Deputy Critic for Defence.