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Meeting No. 4
Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Standing Committee on Health met at 3:54 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre 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, Intern.


Witnesses: Assisted Human Reproduction Canada: Beth Pieterson, Executive Director; Elinor Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: James Roberge, Chief Financial Officer; Pierre Chartrand, Vice-President, Research. Patented Medicine Prices Review Board: Brien Benoit, Chairperson; Barbara Ouellet, Executive Director. Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission: Sharon Watts, President and Chief Executive Officer; Mary Hill, Assistant Vice-President, Corporate Services and Adjudication Branch.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee commenced its study of the Departmental Expenditure Plans for Health Canada and related Agencies.

Elinor Wilson, Brien Benoit, James Roberge, Sharon Watts and Pierre Chartrand answered questions.


At 5:14 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.

It was agreed, — That on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, the Auditor General of Canada be invited to appear before the Committee for the examination of Chapters 1 and 8 of her latest report.


It was agreed, — That members submit to the Clerk of the committee a list of subjects/studies they would like the Committee to undertake, by Friday February 20, 2009 and that this list of subjects/studies be compiled, translated and distributed to all members of the Committee; and

That on Thursday, February 26, 2009, the Committee will meet, in camera, to examine its future business.


At 5:26 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Georges Etoka
Clerk of the Committee

2009/03/05 8:25 a.m.