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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 17
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 3:30 p.m. to 5:42 p.m.
Bill Casey, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Karin Phillips, Analyst
• Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst
House of Commons
• Ron McKinnon, Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
Department of Justice
• Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section
• Norma Won, Legal Counsel, Legal Services of Health Canada
Pivot Legal Society
• Donald MacPherson, Board Member
Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council
• Michael Parkinson, Community Engagement Coordinator
As an individual
• Christine Padaric
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Friday, June 3, 2016, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-224, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance — drug overdose).

Ron McKinnon made a statement and answered questions.

At 4:03 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:06 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Michael Parkinson, Donald MacPherson and Christine Padaric by videoconference from, Calgary, Alberta, made statements and, with Paul Saint-Denis and Ron McKinnon, answered questions.

At 5:20 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:22 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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


John Oliver moved, — That clause-by-clause study of Bill C-224 be on Monday, June 20, 2016.

Debate arose thereon.

At 5:30 p.m., by unanimous consent and pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), it was agreed that the Committee continue to sit.


Colin Carrie moved, — That the meeting be adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 5.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion of John Oliver, — That clause-by-clause study of Bill C-224 be on Monday, June 20, 2016.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 3.


Len Webber moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake an immediate study of the current restrictions imposed on men who have sex with men when it comes to the donation of blood to determine if the current five-year ban is scientifically supported, or to determine if this restriction can either be reduced or eliminated while maintaining a safe blood supply system.

At 5:42 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

David Gagnon
Clerk of the Committee