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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 34
Monday, July 20, 2020, 11:10 a.m. to 2:03 p.m.
Presiding
Ron McKinnon, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Jean-François Pagé, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Karin Phillips, Analyst
• Dominique Montpetit, Research Assistant
Pursuant to the order of reference of Monday, January 27, 2020, and the motion adopted by the committee on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, the committee resumed a briefing on the Canadian response to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Motion

Matt Jeneroux moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee send for the following documents to be provided by the government by Monday, August 3, 2020 and that the documents be published publicly on the committee’s website by Monday, August 10, 2020:

All documents, briefing notes, memorandums and emails to/from/between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Privy Council Office related to the issuance of Medical Device Establishment Licenses (MDELs) between March 1, 2020 and May 11, 2020; including all documents, briefing notes, memorandums and emails to/from/between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Privy Council Office related to the recall of N95/KN95 masks.

Debate arose thereon.

It was agreed, — That the motion be amended by replacing the dates “Monday, August 3, 2020” and "Monday, August 10, 2020” with the dates “Monday, August 31, 2020” and “Monday, September 7, 2020”, respectively.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion, as amended.

Amendment

Darren Fisher moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting the word “emails” and that any consequential grammatical changes be made.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the amendment of Darren Fisher and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Desilets, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies, Tamara Jansen, Matt Jeneroux, Robert Kitchen, Len Webber — 5.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion, as amended.

Amendment

Darren Fisher moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “N95/KN95 masks” the following: “, provided that the department does its assessment and vetting in gathering and releasing the documents as it would be done through the access to information process”.

Debate arose thereon.

At 11:43 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:50 a.m., the sitting resumed.

The question was put on the amendment of Darren Fisher and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Desilets, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies, Tamara Jansen, Matt Jeneroux, Robert Kitchen, Len Webber — 5.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Desilets, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies, Tamara Jansen, Matt Jeneroux, Robert Kitchen, Len Webber — 5.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee send for the following documents to be provided by the government by Monday, August 31, 2020 and that the documents be published publicly on the committee’s website by Monday, September 7, 2020:

All documents, briefing notes and memorandums to/from/between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Privy Council Office related to the issuance of Medical Device Establishment Licenses (MDELs) between March 1, 2020 and May 11, 2020; including all documents, briefing notes and memorandums to/from/between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Privy Council Office related to the recall of N95/KN95 masks, provided that the department does its assessment and vetting in gathering and releasing the documents as it would be done through the access to information process.

Motion

Matt Jeneroux moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee send for the following documents to be provided by the government by Monday, August 3, 2020 and that the documents be published publicly on the committee’s website by Monday, August 10, 2020:

All documents, briefing notes, memorandums and emails to/from/between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Privy Council Office related to the March 18, 2020 Interim Order by the Minister of Health entitled Interim order respecting the importation and sale of medical devices for use in relation to COVID-19 and the March 30, 2020 Interim Order by the Minister of Health entitled Interim Order Respecting Drugs, Medical Devices and Foods for a Special Dietary Purpose in Relation to COVID-19.

Debate arose thereon.

It was agreed, — That the motion be amended by replacing the dates “Monday, August 3, 2020” and “Monday, August 10, 2020” with the dates “Monday, August 31, 2020” and “Monday, September 7, 2020”, respectively.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion, as amended.

Amendment

Mike Kelloway moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting the word “emails” and that any consequential grammatical changes be made.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the amendment of Mike Kelloway and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Desilets, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies, Tamara Jansen, Matt Jeneroux, Robert Kitchen, Len Webber — 5.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion, as amended.

Amendment

Sonia Sidhu moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “Special Dietary Purpose in Relation to COVID-19” the following: “, provided that the department does its assessment and vetting in gathering and releasing the documents as it would be done through the access to information process”.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the amendment of Sonia Sidhu and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Desilets, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies, Tamara Jansen, Matt Jeneroux, Robert Kitchen, Len Webber — 5.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Desilets, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies, Tamara Jansen, Matt Jeneroux, Robert Kitchen, Len Webber — 5.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee send for the following documents to be provided by the government by Monday, August 31, 2020 and that the documents be published publicly on the committee’s website by Monday, September 7, 2020:

All documents, briefing notes and memorandums to/from/between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Privy Council Office related to the March 18, 2020 Interim Order by the Minister of Health entitled Interim order respecting the importation and sale of medical devices for use in relation to COVID-19 and the March 30, 2020 Interim Order by the Minister of Health entitled Interim Order Respecting Drugs, Medical Devices and Foods for a Special Dietary Purpose in Relation to COVID-19, provided that the department does its assessment and vetting in gathering and releasing the documents as it would be done through the access to information process.

Motion

Matt Jeneroux moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee send for the following documents to be provided by the government by Monday, August 3, 2020 and that the documents be published publicly on the committee’s website by Monday, August 10, 2020:

All documentation from the Military Report on long-term care homes in Ontario.

Debate arose thereon.

It was agreed, — That the motion be amended by replacing the dates “Monday, August 3, 2020” and “Monday, August 10, 2020” with the dates “Monday, August 31, 2020” and “Monday, September 7, 2020”, respectively.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion, as amended.

Amendment

Sonia Sidhu moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “long-term care homes in Ontario” the following: “, provided that the department does its assessment and vetting in gathering and releasing the documents as it would be done through the access to information process”.

The question was put on the amendment of Sonia Sidhu and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Desilets, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies, Tamara Jansen, Matt Jeneroux, Robert Kitchen, Len Webber — 5.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Desilets, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 6;

NAYS: Don Davies, Tamara Jansen, Matt Jeneroux, Robert Kitchen, Len Webber — 5.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee send for the following documents to be provided by the government by Monday, August 31, 2020 and that the documents be published publicly on the committee’s website by Monday, September 7, 2020:

All documentation from the Military Report on long-term care homes in Ontario, provided that the department does its assessment and vetting in gathering and releasing the documents as it would be done through the access to information process.

At 1:07 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 1:24 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The committee proceeded to give drafting instructions to the analysts for a draft report.

At 2:03 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Evelyn Lukyniuk
Committee Clerk