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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 12
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 4:01 p.m. to 8:41 p.m.
Anthony Housefather, Chair (Liberal)

• Gérard Deltell for Michael Cooper (Conservative)
• Tom Kmiec for Hon. Rob Nicholson (Conservative)
• Karen Vecchio for Hon. Rob Nicholson (Conservative)
• Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois)
Library of Parliament
• Christine Morris, Analyst
• Marlisa Tiedemann
Canadian Association for Community Living
• Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President
Alliance of People with Disabilities Who Are Supportive of Legal Assisted Dying Society
• Margaret Birrell, Board Member
• Angus M. Gunn, Counsel
Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience
• Thomas Collins, Archbishop, Archdiocese of Toronto
• Laurence Worthen, Executive Director, Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada
Dying With Dignity Canada
• Shanaaz Gokool, Chief Executive Officer
Association for Reformed Political Action
• Pieter Harsevoort
• André Schutten, Legal Counsel
• James Schutten
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
• Amy Hasbrouck, Vice-President
• Hugh Scher, Legal Counsel
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
• Richard Marceau, General Counsel and Senior Political Advisor
Christian Legal Fellowship
• Derek Ross, Executive Director
• Jonathan Sikkema, Associate Counsel
Communication Disabilities Access Canada
• Hazel Self, Chair, Board of Directors
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
• Cara Zwibel, Director, Fundamental Freedoms Program
As an individual
• Carrie Bourassa, Professor, Indigenous Health Studies, First Nations University of Canada
• Hon. Steven Fletcher
• Derryck Smith
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Committee resumed 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).

Derek Ross and Jonathan Sikkema, by videoconference from London, Ontario, Laurence Worthen, Thomas Collins and Cara Zwibel, by videoconference from Toronto, Ontario, and Shanaaz Gokool made statements and answered questions.

At 5:02 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:09 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Carrie Bourassa, by videoconference from Regina, Saskatchewan, Angus M. Gunn and Margaret Birrell, by videoconference from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Hazel Self, by videoconference from Toronto, Ontario, made statements and answered questions.

At 6:07 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:24 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Derryck Smith, by videoconference from Vancouver, British Columbia, André Schutten, James Schutten, Pieter Harsevoort, Amy Hasbrouck and Hugh Scher made statements and answered questions.

At 7:26 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 7:34 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The Hon. Steven Fletcher, by videoconference from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Richard Marceau and Michael Bach made statements and answered questions.

At 8:41 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Michael MacPherson
Clerk of the Committee