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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 137
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 11:08 a.m. to 1:32 p.m.
In Camera
Bryan May, Chair (Liberal)


Library of Parliament
• Elizabeth Cahill, Analyst
• Mayra Perez-Leclerc, Analyst
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Friday, November 2, 2018, and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the Committee resumed its study M-192, episodic disabilities.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.

At 11:20 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), it was agreed that the Committee continue to sit.

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

It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: "Taking Action: Improving the Lives of Canadians Living with Episodic Disabilities".

It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and analysts be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.

It was agreed, — That dissenting and/or supplementary opinions be in Calibri 12 point font, single line spacing, left aligned; that titles be in Cambria 14 point font; and be submitted electronically, in both official languages, to the Clerk of the Committee, not later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019.

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

ORDERED, — That the analysts and the Clerk of the Committee, in consultation with the Chair, prepare a news release for publication on the Committee's website and for distribution upon presentation of the report to the House.

At 11:28 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:31 p.m., the sitting resumed in a public and televised session.

• Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
• Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
• Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Accessibility
• Hon. Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
Department of Employment and Social Development
• Graham Flack, Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development
• Chantal Maheu, Deputy Minister, Labour
• Leslie MacLean, Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada
• Benoît Robidoux, Associate Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development
• Mark Perlman, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Financial Officer Branch
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
• Charles MacArthur, Senior Vice-President, Assisted Housing
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Committee commenced its study of the subject matter of the Supplementary Estimates (B), 2018-19: Votes 1b, 5b and 10b under Department of Employment and Social Development.

The ministers made statements and answered questions.


Brigitte Sansoucy moved, — That the Committee undertake a study for at least six meetings on the Employment Insurance sickness benefits program to examine especially, but not exclusively (a) if the program meets the real needs of the claimants; (b) the impact of the length of the benefits on the claimants and on their recovery; (c) the program accessibility; (d) the population affected by this program and their characteristics; and hear, not limited to this list, witnesses from the health sector, former claimants or groups representing them, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; and that the Committee report its findings to the House.


Wayne Long moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 4.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 1:32 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Stephanie Feldman
Clerk of the Committee