We have just learned that the parliamentary committee connected to the Canada Post Review is collecting witness suggestions and that the clerk of this committee will be sending out invitations to potential witnesses next week. It is our understanding that the deadline for witness suggestions is July 19th.
Please consider requesting to be a witness. You can do this by contacting Leif-Erik Aune, Clerk of the Committee:
Additional information follows.
Summary of what we know
The Standing Committee on Government Operations has recommended:
· that 7 committee members travel to 22 locations in the fall of 2016
· that the Committee conduct e-consultations with Canadians in September and October of 2016
· that the Committee present a report in the House by December 2016
The House of Commons has approved the travel plan for the eastern part of the country (up to Ontario in following list). MPs are expected to vote on a motion to approve the western part in September.
Locations committee has recommended
- Corner Brook and St. John’s, Newfoundland,
- Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia,
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,
- Bathurst, New Brunswick,
- Levis, Quebec City, Blainville and Montreal, Quebec,
- Toronto, Kitchener, Windsor, Dryden, and Sandy Lake First Nation, Ontario,
- Surrey, British Columbia,
- Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta,
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories,
- Regina and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, Manitoba
Timetable of committee
Ottawa hearings – Hearings currently begin on September 21 and end on October 5th. There is an additional Ottawa hearing on November 21st.
In the committee’s second version of its travel plan, it says the committee will “start its study of Canada Post and its e-consultations with Canadians (from mid-October to mid-November 2016). Under this timeframe, the Committee could aim to table a report in February 2017.” However, it also says “It should be noted that if the Committee wishes to respect the timetable proposed by the Minister and table its report in December 2016, it will have to conclude its study by 4 November at the latest.”
This suggests that the Committee could tighten its timeframe.
I spoke to the clerk of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. He described the process as part consultation, part e-consultation. The committee has not yet decided what the e-consultations will look like. There could be open-end and closed questions.
The clerk said that, with a committee study, the general practice is that anyone can make a submission.