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UPDATE: This is what Conservative democracy looks like: Keddy moves to shut down debate on CCFTA

Conservative MP Gerald Keddy (pictured left) will move at Thursday’s international trade committee meeting to stop hearing from witnesses on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and head straight to clause-by-clause consideration of the FTA on June 1, despite there still being witnesses on the list (see below). On Tuesday, May 25, Council of Canadians board member Steven Shrybman, who co-authored the “Making a Bad Situation Worse” report, presented to the committee. Click on “read more” to see the Conservative motion and click here to see our press release today.

Notice of Motions – Gerald Keddy, MP
Date: May 25, 2010

Motion #1
That the Committee hear no more testimonies regarding its study of Bill C-2 and that it conclude clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill on Tuesday, June 1 2010; and that by no later than 5:30 p.m. of June 1st, all remaining questions in relation to the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill be put to a vote without further debate.

Motion #2
That regarding the Committee’s clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-2 each member will take no longer than 5 seconds to vote on each clause and amendment; and if the 5 seconds limit is exceeded the member will be deemed to have abstained.

Motion #3
That all proposed amendments to the bill must be tabled with the clerk of the committee 24 hours in advance of the meeting in which the proposed amendments will be moved; and that the chair of the committee, at his discretion, be allowed to group similar amendments to be considered at the same time.
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Avis de motion – Gerald Keddy, dĂ©putĂ©
Date : le 25 mai 2010

Motion no 1
Que le ComitĂ© n’entende plus de tĂ©moignages au sujet du projet de loi C-2 et qu’il termine l’Ă©tude article par article du projet de loi le mardi 1er juin 2010; et qu’au plus tard Ă  17 h 30 ce mĂȘme jour, toutes les questions restantes concernant l’Ă©tude article par article du projet de loi soient mises aux voix sans autre dĂ©bat.

Motion no 2
Que dans le cadre de l’Ă©tude article par article du projet de loi C-2 par le ComitĂ©, chaque dĂ©putĂ© ne prenne pas plus de cinq secondes pour voter sur chaque article et amendement; et que s’il excĂšde la limite de cinq secondes, le dĂ©putĂ© soit rĂ©putĂ© s’ĂȘtre abstenu.

Motion no 3
Que toutes les modifications proposĂ©es au projet de loi soient dĂ©posĂ©es auprĂšs du greffier du ComitĂ© 24 heures avant la sĂ©ance au cours de laquelle ces modifications seront prĂ©sentĂ©es; et que la prĂ©sidence du ComitĂ© ait la libertĂ© de regrouper les modifications semblables pour qu’elles puissent ĂȘtre examinĂ©es en mĂȘme temps.

** UPDATE (3:35 p.m., May 25)

NDP trade critic Peter Julian has tabled a counter-motion that reads:

Notice of Motion / Avis de motion
Peter Julian, MP/depute
2010-05-25

That the Committee provide sufficient time during the committee’s scheduled meetings of May 27, June 1rst, June 3rd , June 8th and June 10th , to hear the testimony of the organizations and persons who have written to the Committee to date, requesting to appear as witnesses at the Bill C-2 hearings, which include, AFRODES (Charo Mina Rojas), Justicia y Paz (Danilo Rueda), Dr. Penelope Simons (University of Ottawa), National Union of Public and General Employees (James Clancy), CLC (Sheila Katz), AFL-CIO (Jeff Vogt), National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC – Luis Fernando Arias Secretary General), OPSEU (Smokey Thomas & Yhony Munoz), Mingas-FTA (Natalia Fajardo), la Chiva Collective (Manual Rozental), Gary Leech (Independent Journalist, NS), NOMADESC (Berenice Celeyta), Union of the Ombudsman’s office (Maria Eva Villate, President, Human Rights Lawyer), Congressman Mike Michaud, Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS), National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), Central Unitaria De Trahabadores de Colombia, CODHES (Jorge Rohas, President) and that the committee close off hearings on Bill C-2 and proceed to clause by clause review after having heard these witnesses.
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Que le ComitĂ© prĂ©voie suffisamment de temps, Ă  ses rĂ©unions du 27 mai, du 1er juin, du 3 juin, du 8 juin et du 10 juin, pour entendre le tĂ©moignage des organisations et personnes ayant Ă©crit au ComitĂ© jusqu’Ă  maintenant pour comparaĂźtre au sujet du projet de loi C 2, dont les suivantes : AFRODES (Charo Mina Rojas); Justicia y Paz (Danilo Rueda); Penelope Simons (UniversitĂ© d’Ottawa); Syndicat national des employĂ©es et employĂ©s gĂ©nĂ©raux du secteur public (James Clancy); CCT (Sheila Katz); FAT-COI (Jeff Vogt); Organisation nationale indigĂšne de Colombie (ONIC – Luis Fernando Arias, secrĂ©taire gĂ©nĂ©ral); SEFPO (Smokey Thomas et Yhony Munoz); Mingas-FTA (Natalia Fajardo); la Chiva Collective (Manual Rozental); Gary Leech (journaliste indĂ©pendant, N.-É.); NOMADESC (Berenice Celeyta); Syndicat des travailleurs du Bureau de l’ombudsman (Maria Eva Villate, prĂ©sidente, avocate en droit de la personne); Mike Michaud, reprĂ©sentant au CongrĂšs; Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS); Organisation nationale indigĂšne de Colombie (ONIC); Central Unitaria de Trahabadores de Colombia; CODHES (Jorge Rohas, prĂ©sident); et que le ComitĂ© termine les audiences sur le projet de loi C-2 et procĂšde Ă  son examen article par article aprĂšs avoir entendu ces tĂ©moins.

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