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Meeting No. 8
Thursday, March 5, 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, 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; Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst; Karin Phillips, Analyst.


Witnesses: Public Health Agency of Canada: Theresa Tam, Director General, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Infectious Disease and Emergency Preparedness Branch; James Gilbert, Director General, Strategic Policy Directorate; Jane Allain, General Counsel, Legal Services; Frank Plummer, Scientific Director General, National Microbiology Laboratory. McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health: Peter Singer, Director and Professor of Medicine, University Health Network and University of Toronto. Laval University: Marc Ouellette, Professor. McGill University: Greg Matlashewski, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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.

Peter Singer, Marc Ouellette and Greg Matlashewski made opening statements and answered questions.


James Gilbert, Theresa Tam, Jane Allain and Frank Plummer answered questions.


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


Georges Etoka
Clerk of the Committee

2009/04/01 9:51 a.m.