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Who's sitting on standing committees

The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (commonly referred to a PROC) released its first report today, namely a list of members and associate members for the other standing committees of the House.

Members participate in the work of the committee, vote on motions before the committee and question witnesses. Associate members may be appointed to a subcommittee or as a substitute member of the committee, so most committees have dozens of associate members.

Of interest:

  • Ruth Ellen Brosseau, the vacationing NDP candidate elected in a Quebec riding which she had never visited, is on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
  • Conservative rookie Ryan Leef (Yukon), a former RCMP officer, deputy superintendent of operations at a correctional facility AND cage fighter, seems almost overqualified for the Public Safety and National Security committee. Not enough? Okay, he's also a former wildlife guide and conservation officer and now brings that experience to the Fisheries and Oceans committee.
  • Rookie Mark Strahl, son of former Transport Minister Chuck Strahl, is on the Health and Defence committees.
  • Conservative Ed Holder, who ran unsuccessfully for the Speaker's job, is the sole male member of the Status of Women committee.
  • Cheryl Gallant, whose Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke riding is home to the Chalk River nuclear facility, is on the Industry, Science and Technology committee.

The Health committee could be interesting, with several high-profile members: the Liberals' feisty Health critic, Hedy Fry; the NDP's feisty deputy leader, Libby Davies; the PM's former director of communications, John Williamson; Conservative Kelly Block (whose office was at the centre of a controversy involving the premature disclosure of Finance committee documents to lobbyists); and star Conservative GTA MP Parm Gill.

Here's the complete list on the Parliamentary website.
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