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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 16
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 3:33 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Sven Spengemann, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Nadia Faucher, Analyst
• Allison Goody, Analyst
• Billy Joe Siekierski, Analyst
War Child Canada
• Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director
International Bureau for Children's Rights
• Guillaume Landry, Director General
International Justice Mission Canada
• Anu George Canjanathoppil, Executive Director
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, October 22, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the vulnerabilities created and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samantha Nutt, Guillaume Landry and Anu George Canjanathoppil made statements and answered questions.

At 4:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:30 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

Motion

Michael D. Chong moved, — That the committee express its deep concern about material identified in UNRWA textbooks which violates basic norms on human rights, tolerance, neutrality and non-discrimination, at a time when UNRWA is receiving funding from the Government of Canada, and report this motion to the House.

Amendment

Robert Oliphant moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “material identified in UNRWA textbooks which violates the basic norms on” with the words “certain educational materials circulated to students by UNWRA during the pandemic that violates the values of ”.

Subamendment

Heather McPherson moved, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the word “pandemic” the following: “in error”.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the subamendment of Heather McPherson and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Stéphane Bergeron, Peter Fonseca, Hedy Fry, Heather McPherson, Robert Oliphant, Ruby Sahota, Ya’ara Saks — 7;

NAYS: Michael D. Chong, Kerry Diotte, Garnett Genuis, Marty Morantz — 4.

Subamendment

Marty Morantz moved, — That the amendment be amended by adding between the word “pandemic” and the words “in error” the following: “that UNRWA stated was”.

By unanimous consent, after debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Marty Morantz and it was agreed to.

By unanimous consent, after debate, the question was put on the amendment of Robert Oliphant, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the committee express its deep concern about certain educational materials circulated to students by UNRWA during the pandemic that UNRWA stated was in error that violates the values of on human rights, tolerance, neutrality and non-discrimination, at a time when UNRWA is receiving funding from the Government of Canada, and report this motion to the House.

Debate arose thereon

Amendment

Robert Oliphant moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting the words “and report this motion to the House”.

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

YEAS: Stéphane Bergeron, Peter Fonseca, Hedy Fry, Heather McPherson, Robert Oliphant, Ruby Sahota, Ya’ara Saks — 7;

NAYS: Michael D. Chong, Kerry Diotte, Garnett Genuis, Marty Morantz — 4.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the committee express its deep concern about certain educational materials circulated to students by UNRWA during the pandemic that UNRWAstated was in error that violates the values of on human rights, tolerance, neutrality and non-discrimination, at a time when UNRWA is receiving funding from the Government of Canada.

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

YEAS: Stéphane Bergeron, Michael D. Chong, Kerry Diotte, Peter Fonseca, Hedy Fry, Garnett Genuis, Heather McPherson, Marty Morantz, Robert Oliphant, Ruby Sahota, Ya’ara Saks — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

At 5:27 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:35 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

Vulnerabilities Created and Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, October 22, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the vulnerabilities created and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee resumed consideration of the draft report.

At 6:15 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee