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Meeting No. 10
Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Standing Committee on Health met at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Joy Smith, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Patrick Brown, Colin Carrie, Patricia Davidson, Nicolas Dufour, Kirsty Duncan, Luc Malo, Joyce Murray, Joy Smith, Tim Uppal and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.


Acting Members present: Tilly O'Neill-Gordon for Cathy McLeod.


Associate Members present: Carol Hughes.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Sonya Norris, Analyst; Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst; Karin Phillips, Intern.


Witnesses: University of Toronto: Ayoob Ghalami, Senior Biosafety Officer, Environmental Health and Safety. As an individual: Wayne Conlan, Principal Research Officer. Public Health Agency of Canada: David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer; Theresa Tam, Director General, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Infectious Disease and Emergency Preparedness Branch; Jane Allain, General Counsel, Legal Services.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, February 23, 2009, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-11, An Act to promote safety and security with respect to human pathogens and toxins.

Ayoob Ghalami and Wayne Conlan made opening statements and answered questions.


David Butler-Jones made an opening statement and, with Theresa Tam and Jane Allain, answered questions.


At 5:15 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:16 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

Kirsty Duncan gave the following notice of motion: That the Health Committee should: (a) strike a sub-committee to examine the burden of neurological disease in Canada; (b) undertake a two-day First Ministers Summit to highlight neurological disease; (c) invest in funding to stimulate the economy and advance neuroscience research; (d) explore results of clinical trials and experimental technologies, which are yielding positive results here in Canada and internationally; and (e) investigate the possibility of bringing successful therapies to Canada.


It was agreed, — That the Committee hold another meeting on Bill C-11, on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 and that the panel be composed of witnesses from several organizations, including officials from the Public Health Agency and the Department of Justice.


At 5:31 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Georges Etoka
Clerk of the Committee

2009/03/16 11:11 a.m.