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I agree wholeheartedly with the meeting with Health Canada being televised. In regard to the victims, I'm not necessarily in favour of that, out of respect for their privacy. However, if they were contacted and in agreement that their testimony be televised, then I would certainly also be in favour of that.
I think that's a sensitive comment, but to be honest, these committee hearings are public. It's just the means of communicating, so any testimony they give, whether it's televised or not, is going to be public and recorded in some fashion. I also am not sure that it's a good practice for us to consult witnesses. The committee should decide if we want to make it public or not, or televised or not, I think.
Mr. Chair, consistent with our practice at the last meeting, I have with me a wonderful young intern from my office, from Ohio State University, who wanted to sit in on this meeting. I just wanted to advise committee members of that and assure you that she understands the need for keeping these matters confidential.