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Meeting No. 35
Monday, May 2, 2005

The Standing Committee on Health met at 3:33 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D Centre Block, the Chair, Bonnie Brown, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Bonnie Brown, Colin Carrie, Hon. Brenda Chamberlain, Jean Crowder, Ruby Dhalla, Steven John Fletcher, James Lunney, Réal Ménard, Rob Merrifield, Michael John Savage and Hon. Robert Thibault.


Acting Members present: Bernard Bigras for Nicole Demers and Gary Goodyear for James Lunney.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Nancy Miller Chenier, Analyst; Sonya Norris, Analyst.


Witnesses: House of Commons: Colin Carrie, M.P., Oshawa; James Lunney, M.P., Nanaimo—Alberni. Office of Natural Health Products Transition Team: Ronald Dugas, Member of the Transition Team, Consumer Advocate; Donna Herringer, Member of the Transition Team; David Skinner, Member of the Transition Team; Alicja Wojewnik-Smith, Member of the Transition Team. Department of Health: Diane Gorman, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Products and Food Branch; Philip Waddington, Director general, Natural Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch. Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Debra Bryanton, Executive Director, Food Safety. Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food: Lynn Stewart, Director, Cross-sectoral Food Industry Affairs Division. Buckley and Company Law Office: Shawn P. Buckley, Lawyer.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, March 9, 2005, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-420, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act.

Colin Carrie, James Lunney, Ronald Dugas, Donna Herringer, David Skinner, Debra Bryanton, Lynn Stewart, Diane Gorman and Shawn P. Buckley made statements and, with Alicja Wojewnik-Smith and Philip Waddington, answered questions.


At 4:50 o'clock p.m., Réal Ménard took the Chair.


At 5:39 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Carmen DePape
Clerk of the Committee

2005-05-04 1:03 p.m.