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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 18
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 8:50 a.m. to 10:58 a.m.
Presiding
Bill Casey, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Karin Phillips, Analyst
• Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst
 
House of Commons
• Philippe Méla, Legislative Clerk
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion moved by Mr. Webber, which read as follows:

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.

Amendment

Rachael Harder moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “an immediate study” by “a study this Fall” and by replacing the words “the current five-year ban” by “the current ban”.

It was agreed, — That the amendment be amended by replacing the words “undertake a study this Fall” by “initiate a study this Fall”.

It was agreed, — That the amendment, as amended, be adopted.

It was agreed, — That the motion, as amended, be adopted.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee initiate a study this Fall 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 ban is scientifically supported, or to determine if this restriction can either be reduced or eliminated while maintaining a safe blood supply system.

Centretown Community Health Centre
• Sarah Brown, Harm Reduction Worker
• Christine Lalonde, Peer Researcher
As an individual
• Jane Buxton, Professor, University of British Columbia; Epidemiologist and Harm Reduction Lead BC Centre for Disease Control
Street Health Centre, Kingston Community Health Centres
• Meredith MacKenzie, Physician
Paramedic Association of Canada
• Pierre Poirier, Executive Director
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Friday, June 3, 2016, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-224, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance — drug overdose).

The Committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.

Mederith MacKenzie, Sarah Brown, Jane Buxton and Pierre Poirier made statements and, with Christine Lalonde, answered questions.

At 10:38 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:41 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of Clause 1 (Short Title), is postponed.

The Chair calls Clause 2.

On Clause 2,

Don Davies moved, — That Bill C-224, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing line 16 on page 1 with the following:

“fering from an overdose is to be charged with any offense concerning a violation of a pre-trial release, probation, furlough, or parole relating to a drug offense under subsec-”

The Chair ruled the proposed amendment inadmissible because it was beyond the scope of the Bill, as provided on page 766 of House of Commons Procedure and Practice, Second Edition.

Whereupon, Don Davies appealed the decision of the Chair.

The question: "Shall the decision of the Chair be sustained?" was put and the decision was sustained on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Ramez Ayoub, Doug Eyolfson, Darshan Singh Kang, John Oliver, Sonia Sidhu, Len Webber — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies — 1.

Clause 2 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

Clause 1, Short Title, carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The Title carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The Bill carried.

ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill to the House.

At 10:58 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



David Gagnon
Clerk of the Committee