If you download the 25MB audio file that is over an hour long, all but the first 4 minutes are relaxing music. Why? The Conservatives immediately put the committee into the secretive In Camera mode of discussion (where Members cannot discuss what was talked about, later on). An opposition Member (Harris?) objected on a Point of Order, overruled by the Chair because a motion to go in camera is not debatable, only voted on.
The problem is, there’s nothing that will be talked about that requires secrecy. It’s not standard practice to have secret committees, as the Harpercon member claimed at the start of the audio file. No national security implications, for instance, were on the agenda. The committee was put under the cone of silence only because it’s become a “charade”, for the Harper Government to pretend we’re still a Parliamentary Democracy. How’s that Open and Transparent and Accountable Government claim looking now?
Listen to the first 4 minutes of the audio clip, the opposition Member is spot on.
“The idea is to do its work in public”
“This committee is shut down by the government members” “The motions they don’t like are going to disappear” “We’re just an exercise in a charade” “The rules of this committee and this House, are being abused in this manner again, and again, and again by the government, and under instructions, obviously from On High” “I think it’s outrageous.”