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Meeting No. 11
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Standing Committee on Health met at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 308, 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, Cathy McLeod, Joyce Murray, Joy Smith, Tim Uppal and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.


Associate Members present: Carol Hughes.


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


Witnesses: 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. As individuals: Elaine Gibson, Professor and Associate Director, Health Law Institute; Roland Leitner, Occupational Health and Safety Consultant; Raymond Tellier, Medical Microbiologist, Associate Professor.

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.

Elaine Gibson, Roland Leitner, Raymond Tellier and David Butler-Jones made opening statements and, with Jane Allain and Theresa Tam, answered questions.

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

It was agreed, — That the clause by clause study of Bill C-11, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2009 not be proceeded with, and that more witnesses be invited along with Officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada.


At 5:17 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Georges Etoka
Clerk of the Committee

2009/04/16 9:33 a.m.