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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 131
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 3:26 p.m. to 5:37 p.m.
Presiding
Bill Casey, Chair (Liberal)

• Bob Benzen for Len Webber (Conservative)
• Lloyd Longfield for Doug Eyolfson (Liberal)
• Cathy McLeod for Marilyn Gladu (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Nadia Faucher, Analyst
• Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst
Department of Health
• Abby Hoffman, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch
Department for Women and Gender Equality
• Lisa Smylie, Director, Research and Evaluation, Results and Delivery Unit
Indigenous Services Canada
• Valerie Gideon, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
• Tom Wong, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Public Health
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the Committee proceeded to a briefing on the Forced Sterilization of Women in Canada.

Abby Hoffman and Valerie Gideon made statements and, with Tom Wong, answered questions.

Motion

Don Davies moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee invite representatives from Maurice Law Barristers and Solicitors, the DisAbled Women's Network of Canada, the Native Women's Association of Canada, Amnesty International, the BC First Nations Health Authority, and the Minister of Justice, to appear before the Committee at the earliest opportunity to provide evidence with respect to the forced sterilization of women in Canada.

Amendment

Cathy McLeod moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “Minister of Justice,” the following: "as well as other witnesses eventually submitted by other members of the Committee,”.

Debate arose thereon.

Motion

Ron McKinnon moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Ramez Ayoub, Lloyd Longfield, Ron McKinnon, Sonia Sidhu — 4;

NAYS: Bob Benzen, Don Davies, Ben Lobb, Cathy McLeod, Robert-Falcon Ouellette — 5.

The Committee resumed consideration of the amendment of Cathy McLeod.

At 5:21 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:25 p.m., the sitting resumed.

By unanimous consent, the amendment of Cathy McLeod was withdrawn.

Amendment

Robert-Falcon Ouellette moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the words "Standing Order 108(2), the Committee’’ and replacing them with the following: ‘’undertake a study of two meetings on the forced sterilization of women in Canada; that all parties submit prioritized witness lists to the Clerk of the Committee; and that the Committee report its findings and recommendations to the House of Commons.’’

The question was put on the amendment of Robert-Falcon Ouellette and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study of two meetings on the forced sterilization of women in Canada; that all parties submit prioritized witness lists to the Clerk of the Committee; and that the Committee report its findings and recommendations to the House of Commons.

At 5:29 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:30 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That, in relation to the study of the Impacts of Methamphetamine Abuse in Canada, a preliminary travel submission be submitted to the Subcommittee on Committee Budgets of the Liaison Committee.

At 5:37 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Alexandre Jacques
Clerk of the Committee