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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

 

Meeting No. 27

 

Tuesday, June 16, 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, Cathy McLeod, Joyce Murray, Joy Smith, Tim Uppal and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

 

Acting Members present: France Bonsant for Luc Malo.

Associate Members present: Carol Hughes.

 

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Sonya Norris, Analyst; Karin Phillips, Analyst; Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst.  House of Commons: Wayne Cole, Legislative Clerk.

 

Witnesses: 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.

 

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

 

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of Clause 1 is postponed.

The Chair calls Clause 2.

 

On Clause 2,

Joyce Murray moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing line 8 on page 2, with the following:

“scribed to be a little cigar, but excludes any tobacco product that has no filter and that has a wrapper composed of natural leaf tobacco as well as a binder and a filler both composed of natural or reconstituted leaf tobacco.”

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Joyce Murray and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 9.

 

Clause 2 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 3 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

On Clause 4,

Colin Carrie moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 4, be amended by replacing line 27 on page 2 with the following:

“tobacco product or to display a marking required under this or any other Act of Parliament or of the legislature of a province or for any other prescribed purpose.”

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Colin Carrie and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 4, as amended, carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

On Clause 5,

Colin Carrie moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 5, be amended by replacing lines 35 and 36 on page 2 with the following:

“product contains a colouring agent used for a purpose referred to in subsection 5.1(2).”

 

The question was put on the amendment of Colin Carrie and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 5, as amended, carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 6 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 7 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 8 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

On Clause 9,

Nicolas Dufour moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 9, be amended by adding after line 29 on page 4 the following:

“(3) The Governor in Council shall, by order, amend the schedule to add any additive or tobacco product that it has been determined is being marketed to children.”

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Nicolas Dufour and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 2; NAYS: 8.

 

Clause 9 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 10 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 11 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 12 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 13 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 14 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 15 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 16 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 17 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 18 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 0.

 

On the Schedule,

Colin Carrie moved, — That Bill C-32, in the Schedule, be amended

(a) by adding, after the reference to “butylated hydroxytoluene (CAS 128-37-0)” in the portion of item 1 in column 1 on page 7, the following:

“– carboxy methyl cellulose (CAS 9000-11-7)”

(b) by adding, after the reference to “citric acid (CAS 77-92-9) and its salts” in the portion of item 1 in column 1 on page 7, the following:

“– ethanol (CAS 64-17-5)

– ethoxylated sorbitan monolaurate (CAS 9005-64-5)”

(c) by adding, after the reference to “l-menthone (CAS 14073-97-3)” in the portion of item 1 in column 1 on page 7, the following:

“– n-propyl acetate (CAS 109-60-4)

– paraffin wax (CAS 8002-74-2)”

(d) by adding, after the reference to “propylene glycol (CAS 57-55-6)” in the portion of item 1 in column 1 on page 7, the following:

“– rosin glycerol ester (CAS 8050-31-5)

– sodium acetate anhydrous (CAS 127-09-3)”

(e) by adding, after the reference to “sodium alginate (CAS 9005-38-3)” in the portion of item 1 in column 1 on page 7, the following:

“– sorbic acid (CAS 110-44-1) and its salts”

(f) by adding, after the reference to “triacetin (CAS 102-76-1)” in the portion of item 1 in column 1 on page 7, the following:

“– tributyl acetylcitrate (CAS 77-90-7)”

(g) by replacing item 4 on page 7 with the following:


Item

Column 1


Additive

Column 2


Tobacco Product

4.

Colouring agents, excluding those used to whiten paper or the filter or to imitate a cork pattern on tipping paper

Cigarettes

4.1

Colouring agents, excluding those used to whiten plug wrap paper, to render tipping paper brown or bronze or to imitate a cork pattern on tipping paper

Little cigars

4.2

Colouring agents

Blunt wraps

 

 (h) by replacing the portion of item 6 in column 1 on page 7 with the following:

“Fruits, vegetables or any product obtained from the processing of a fruit or vegetable, excluding activated charcoal and starch”

(i) by replacing the portion of item 10 in column 1 on page 8 with the following:

“Sugars and sweeteners, excluding starch”

(j) by replacing the portion of item 12 in column 1 on page 8 with the following:

“Vitamins”

(k) by adding after item 12 on page 8 the following:


Item

Column 1


Additive

Column 2


Tobacco Product

13.

Mineral nutrients, excluding those necessary to manufacture the tobacco product

Cigarettes, little cigars and blunt wraps

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Colin Carrie and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 11; NAYS: 0.

 

Nicolas Dufour moved, — That Bill C-32 be amended in the Schedule:

(a) by deleting, in item 1, in column 1, on page 7, the following:

“— menthol (CAS 89-78-1)

l-menthol (CAS 2216-51-5)

l-menthone (CAS 14073-97-3)”

(b) by adding item 13, in numerical order, on page 8;

(c) by adding, in column 1, as a corresponding reference to item 13, on page 8, the following:

“— menthol (CAS 89-78-1)

l-menthol (CAS 2216-51-5)

l-menthone (CAS 14073-97-3)”

(d) by adding, in column 2, as a corresponding reference to item 13, on page 8, the following:

“Little cigars and blunt wraps”

 

After debate, by unanimous consent, the amendment was withdrawn.

 

The Schedule, as amended, carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 11; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 1 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 11; NAYS: 0.

 

The Title carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 11; NAYS: 0.

 

The Bill, as amended, carried, by a show of hands: YEAS: 11; NAYS: 0.

 

ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill, as amended, to the House.

 

ORDERED, — That Bill C-32, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House at report stage.

 

 

At 4:11 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:12 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

 

At 4:59 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Georges Etoka
Clerk of the Committee

 

 

2009/06/17 10:06 a.m.