October 23, 2013: Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London,
was again unanimously re-elected Chair of the Procedures and House Affairs Committee
(PROC) for the second session of the 41st Parliament of Canada. This is Joe's sixth
(6th) time being unanimously elected Chair of PROC.
"I am excited to once again Chair this committee," stated Preston following the
election. "To have the support of my fellow Members from all sides of the House
is a humbling experience and a great honour. I have been able to work extremely
well with all parties and I take pride in our committee having the reputation as
one of the most collegial (and non-partisan) committees in Parliament."
The Committee, responsible for a number of procedural and administrative matters
including Private Member's Business, questions of Parliamentary Privilege and review
of Standing Orders, met for the first time this session on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd. Members
of the Committee include representatives from the Conservative, NDP and Liberal
David Christopher, NDP Member of Parliament for Hamilton Centre stated Preston is
"one of the finest chairs I've ever served under."
Procedures and House Affairs also deals with issues regarding the Chief Electoral
Officer, Electoral Legislation and Electoral Boundaries in Canada. It acts as the
striking committee for the House of Commons, reporting the lists of Members to compose
the standing and standing joint committees at the beginning of a Parliament, the
commencement of each session, and in September of each year.
In addition, Joe is the Chair of the Conservative Rural Caucus; Member of the Standing
Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food; and Chair of the Canadian Branch of the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.