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Meeting No. 26
Thursday, June 11, 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, Colin Carrie, Patricia Davidson, Nicolas Dufour, Kirsty Duncan, Luc Malo, Joyce Murray, Joy Smith, Tim Uppal and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.


Acting Members present: France Bonsant for Luc Malo, Dona Cadman for Cathy McLeod and Rob Clarke for Patrick Brown.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Sonya Norris, Analyst; Karin Phillips, Analyst; Élise Hurtubise-Loranger, Analyst.


Witnesses: Action on Smoking and Health: Les Hagen, Executive Director. Casa Cubana: Glen Stewart, Director, Marketing and Product Development; Luc Martial, Government Affairs. Distribution GVA Inc.: Vincent Albanese, President and Chief Executive Officer; Luc Dumulong, Vice-President. Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited: Tamara Gitto, Associate General Counsel; Gaëtan Duplessis, Director, Research and Development. Small Guys Tobacco Group: Colm K. O'Shea, Vice President, House of Horvath. Department of Health: Paul Glover, Assistant Deputy Minister, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch; Cathy Sabiston, Director General, Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate; Denis Choinière, Director, Office of Regulations and Compliance, Tobacco Control Program; Diane Labelle, General Counsel, Legal Services Unit.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, June 3, 2009, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act.

Les Hagen, Luc Martial, Luc Dumulong, Tamara Gitto and Gaëtan Duplessis made opening statements and, with Glen Stewart, answered questions.


At 4:43 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:48 p.m., the sitting resumed.


It was agreed, — That the Committee do not proceed with the clause by clause study of the Bill C-32, but instead hear from more witnesses and officials from Health Canada.


Paul Glover, Cathy Sabiston, Denis Choinière and Colm Kennedy O'Shea made opening statements and, with Diane Labelle, answered questions.


At 5:30 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Georges Etoka
Clerk of the Committee

2009/10/21 9:40 a.m.