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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 29
 
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
 

The Standing Committee on Health met at 11:01 a.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Joy Smith, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Patrick Brown, Patricia Davidson, Steven John Fletcher, Christiane Gagnon, Susan Kadis, Luc Malo, Joy Smith, Lui Temelkovski, Hon. Robert Thibault, David Tilson and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Odette Madore, Analyst; Sonya Norris, Analyst; Nancy Miller Chenier, Analyst. House of Commons: Isabelle Dumas, Procedural Clerk.

 

Witnesses: Canadian Healthcare Association: Pamela Fralick, President and Chief Executive Officer; Denise Desautels, Director, Policy and Communications. Wait Time Alliance: Lorne Bellan, Co-Chair; Jean-Luc Urbain, Co-Chair. Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations: Jean Bartkowiak, President and Chief Executive Officer, SCO Health Service; Arthur S. Slutsky, Vice-President of Research, St.Michael's Hospital. Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association: Jim Keon, President. Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx & D): Russell Williams, President. Canadian Labour Congress: Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President; Teresa Healy, Senior Researcher, Social and Economic Policy Department. Canadian Union of Public Employees: Paul Moist, National President. Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions: Linda Silas, President. Canadian Pharmacists Association: Jeff Poston, Executive Director. Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science: Kurt Davis, Executive Director.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and section 25.9 of the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act, the Committee resumed the statutory review of the progress in implementing the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care.
 

Pamela Fralick, Lorne Bellan, Jean-Luc Urbain, Jean Bartkowiak, Arthur S. Slutsky, Jim Keon and Russell Williams made statements and answered questions.

 

At 11:52 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:54 a.m., the sitting resumed.

 

Barbara Byers, Paul Moist, Linda Silas, Jeff Poston and Kurt Davis made statements and answered questions.

 

At 12:51 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:52 p.m., the Committee proceeded to sit in camera.

 
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.
 

It was agreed, — That Aboriginal organizations would be invited to take part in the next meeting on the statutory review of the “10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care”.

 

The Chair presented the Third Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

Your Subcommittee met on Monday, May 12, 2008, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the Standing Committee on Health meet in May 2008 according to the following schedule, as previously agreed to by members of the Committee:

o Thursday, May 15 - Televised meeting with the Minister of Health on the Main Estimates;

o Tuesday, May 27 - Briefing session with witnesses on the Harm Reduction Programs in Canada with a particular focus on the safe injection site in Vancouver;

o Thursday, May 29 - Final meeting with witnesses on the statutory review of the “10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care”.

2. That the Standing Committee on Health meet in June 2008 according to the following schedule, as agreed to by members of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure:

o Tuesday, June 3 - In camera meeting to discuss the summary of evidence on Post-Market Surveillance and to give the analysts drafting instructions for the preparation of the draft report for June 10;

o Thursday, June 5 - Meeting to discuss the draft report on the statutory review of the “10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care” for presentation in the House of Commons prior to the summer adjournment;

o Tuesday, June 10 - In camera meeting to discuss the draft report on Post-Market Surveillance for presentation in the House of Commons prior to the summer adjournment;

o June 12, 17 and 19 - Possible meetings with witnesses on Bill C-52, An Act respecting the safety of consumer products.

3. That the Chair schedule a meeting of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure the first week of June in order to reassess Committee work to be completed before the summer adjournment period and/or the work to be resumed by the Committee in the fall.

 

It was agreed, — That the Third Report on the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be amended, by deleting paragraphs 2 and 3 in section 1 and replacing them with the following: “That the subject matter of the Committee meetings previously scheduled for May 27 and 29 be modified in order to allow the Minister of Health to appear before the Committee on Thursday, May 29 on Harm Reduction Programs in Canada; that the final meeting with witnesses on the statutory review of the “10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care” be now scheduled for Tuesday, May 27; and that the time of the meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 29 on Harm Reduction Programs in Canada be extended from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.”.

 

It was agreed, — That the Third Report of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, as amended, be concurred in.

 

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $13,150.00, for the statutory review of the “10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care”, be adopted.

 

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $18,850.00, for the briefing session on Natural Health Products, be adopted.

 

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $38,950.00, for the briefing session on Harm Reduction Programs in Canada, with particular focus on the safe injection site in Vancouver, be adopted.

 

At 1:01 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Carmen DePape
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2008/05/15 3:44 p.m.