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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 41
Thursday, July 16, 2020, 3:02 p.m. to 6:48 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Wayne Easter, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Caroline Bosc, Procedural Clerk
• Alexandre Roger, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Andrew Barton, Analyst
• Brett Capwell, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

On motion of Peter Fragiskatos, it was agreed, — That the subcommittee report be adopted.

Your subcommittee met on Thursday, July 9, 2020, to consider the business of the committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

That, in relation to the study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the awarding of the sole-source contract to WE Charity:

(a) the committee hold meetings on Thursday, July 16, Tuesday, July 21, Wednesday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 28;

(b) that for the meeting on Thursday, July 16, the first panel be comprised of the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and the Deputy Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth; and that the second panel be comprised of the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch at Employment and Social Development Canada;

(c) that preliminary priority witness lists be submitted to the clerk no later that 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13;

(d) that final priority witness lists be submitted to the clerk no later that 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17; and

(e) that over the course of the remaining three meetings, the committee hear from a maximum of 18 witnesses.

• Hon. Bardish Chagger, P.C., M.P., Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
Department of Employment and Social Development
• Stephanie Hébert, Assistant Deputy Minister, Program Operations Branch
• Rachel Wernick, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch
Volunteer Canada
• Paula Speevak, President and Chief Executive Officer
Department of Canadian Heritage
• Gina Wilson, Senior Associate Deputy Minister, Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on July 7, 2020, the committee commenced its study of the Government Spending, WE Charity and the Canada Student Service Grant.

The Minister made a statement and, with Gina Wilson, answered questions.

At 4:03 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:10 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Gina Wilson and Rachel Wernick made statements.

At 4:28 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:31 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Rachel Wernick made a statement and, with Stephanie Hébert, answered questions.

At 5:38 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:42 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Paula Speevak made a statement and answered questions.

At 6:48 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



David Gagnon
Clerk of the Committee