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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 10
Monday, May 2, 2016, 4:06 p.m. to 8:53 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Anthony Housefather, Chair (Liberal)

• Harold Albrecht for Hon. Rob Nicholson (Conservative)
• John Brassard for Hon. Rob Nicholson (Conservative)
• Hon. Peter Kent for Michael Cooper (Conservative)
• Mark Warawa for Hon. Rob Nicholson (Conservative)
• Bill Blair (Liberal)
• Sean Casey (Liberal)
• Cathy McLeod (Conservative)
• Nathan Cullen (NDP)
• Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois)
Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
• Christine Morris, Analyst
• Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst
• Hon. Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health
• Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Department of Justice
• William F. Pentney, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada
• Laurie Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law Sector
• Jeanette Ettel, Senior Counsel, Human Rights Law Section
• Donald K. Piragoff, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Sector
• Joanne Klineberg, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section
Department of Health
• Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister
• Abby Hoffman, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch
• Sharon Harper, Manager, Chronic and Continuing Care Division
• Helen McElroy, Director General, Health Care Programs and Policy Directorate, Strategic Policy Branch
Barreau du Québec
• Giuseppe Battista, President, Committee on Criminal Law
• Jean-Pierre Ménard, Member, Working Group on the End-of-Life Care
• Marc Sauvé, Director, Research and Legislation Services
Canadian Psychological Association
• Karen R. Cohen, Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Pharmacists Association
• Philip Emberley, Director, Professional Affairs
End of Life Planning Canada
• Francoise Hebert, Chair
• Nino Sekopet, Client Services Manager
College of Family Physicians of Canada
• Francine Lemire, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
As an individual
• Will Johnston, Chair, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of British Columbia
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Committee commenced its study of the Subject Matter of Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying).

The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Hon. Jane Philpott made statements, and with William F. Pentney and Simon Kennedy, answered questions.

At 5:35 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:43 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Abby Hoffman, Helen McElroy, Sharon Harper, Donald K. Piragoff, Laurie Wright, Joanne Klineberg and Jeanette Ettel answered questions.

At 6:23 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:38 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Karen R. Cohen, Francine Lemire and Philip Emberley made statements and answered questions.

At 7:29 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 7:31 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Marc Sauvé, Giuseppe Battista, Jean-Pierre Ménard, Will Johnston, Francoise Hebert and Nino Sekopet made statements and answered questions.

At 8:41 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 8:45 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 Orders of Reference from the House respecting Bills:

(a) the Clerk of the Committee shall, upon the Committee receiving such an Order of Reference, write to each Member who is not a member of a caucus represented on the Committee to invite those Members to file with the Clerk of the Committee, in both official languages, any amendments to the Bill, which is the subject of the said Order, which they would suggest that the Committee consider;

(b) suggested amendments filed, pursuant to paragraph (a), at least 48 hours prior to the start of clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill to which the amendments relate shall be deemed to be proposed during the said consideration, provided that the Committee may, by motion, vary this deadline in respect of a given Bill;

(c) during the clause-by-clause consideration of a Bill, the Chair shall allow a Member who filed suggested amendments, pursuant to paragraph (a), an opportunity to make brief representations in support of them; and

(d) in relation to the Committee’s study on Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), that the Clerk of the Committee write immediately to each Member who is not a member of a caucus represented on the Committee to invite those Members to file with the Clerk of the Committee, in both official languages, by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016, any amendments to Bill C-14, which they would suggest that the Committee consider.

At 8:53 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michael MacPherson
Clerk of the Committee