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Meeting No. 46
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Standing Committee on Health met in a televised session at 3:29 p.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Joy Smith, presiding.


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


Acting Members present: Hon. Keith Martin for Kirsty Duncan and Francis Scarpaleggia for Hon. Carolyn Bennett.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Karin Phillips, Analyst; Trina Wall, Analyst.


Witnesses: Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: Nick Busing, President and Chief Executive Officer; Steve Slade, Vice-President, Research and Analysis. Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors: Paul Saunders, Vice-Chair, Government Relations Committee; David Lescheid, Scientific Advisor, Goverment Relations Committee. Canadian Pharmacists Association: Jeff Poston, Executive Director. Canadian Physiotherapy Association: Michael Brennan, Chief Executive Officer. Department of Health: Paul Gully, Senior Medical Advisor. Public Health Agency of Canada: David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer; Sue Ronald, Director, Marketing, Creative Services and E-Comms, Communications Directorate.

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

Colin Carrie moved, — That the Standing Committee on Health report to the House its opinion that Bill C-6, An Act respecting the safety of consumer products is necessary to fill regulatory gaps and allow government the power to issue recalls and that the current framework for product recalls does not allow for timely and consistent action to protect Canadians; and that due to the committee extending its hours in order to ensure the timely passage of C-6 as well as the House of Commons unanimously passing this important piece of long overdue legislation, this House should strongly encourage members of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to act responsibly and, in the interest of the safety and welfare of all Canadians, pass this crucial piece of legislation without delay.

Debate arose thereon.


The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 2.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, February 26, 2009, the Committee resumed its study of health human resources.

Nick Busing, Steve Slade, Paul Saunders, David Lescheid, Jeff Poston and Michael Brennan made statements and answered questions.


At 4:29 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:32 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, the Committee resumed its study of H1N1 preparedness and response.

Paul Gully, David Butler-Jones and Sue Ronald made statements and answered questions.


At 5:33 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Christine Holke David
Clerk of the Committee

2010/01/21 3:50 p.m.