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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 18
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 3:36 p.m. to 6:08 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Sven Spengemann, Chair (Liberal)

• Marilyn Gladu for Garnett Genuis (Conservative)
• Raj Saini for Robert Oliphant (Liberal)
• Raj Saini for Ya'ara Saks (Liberal)
• Bob Saroya for Hon. Michael D. Chong (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Nadia Faucher, Analyst
• Allison Goody, Analyst
• Billy Joe Siekierski, Analyst
Human Rights Watch Canada
• Farida Deif, Canada Director
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
• Pernille Ironside, Deputy Director, Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring
• Jaya Murthy, Global Chief of Internal Communication
Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada
• David Matas, Member of the Board of Directors
United Nations, Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner
• Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur, Special Procedures Branch
Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security
• Shelly Whitman, Executive Director
As an individual
• Stéphane Handfield, Lawyer
• Mathieu Paiement, Producer
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.

Pernille Ironside, David Matas and Shelly Whitman made statements, and, with Jaya Murthy, answered questions.

At 4:37 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:40 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Farida Deif, Stéphane Handfield, Mathieu Paiement and Finnuala Ni Aolain made statements and answered questions.

At 5:32 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:33 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

Motion

Heather McPherson moved, — That the committee recognizes that, due to failures by the government to ensure adequate supply of vaccines for Canadians through national manufacturing and international procurement, Canada is the only G7 country accessing vaccines through COVAX, an initiative intended to provide vaccines to high-risk individuals in low and middle-income countries.

The committee further recognizes that this failure by the government to secure domestic supply makes Canadians more vulnerable to dangerous variants and extends the detrimental global economic impacts of COVID-19 by delaying vaccinations to high-risk people in poor countries.

Finally, that the committee report this motion to the House.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Ruby Sahota moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “failures by the government to ensure adequate” with the words “global circumstances, the government has faced delays in the” and deleting the words “Finally, that the committee report this motion to the House” .

Motion

Peter Fonseca moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

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

YEAS: Stéphane Bergeron, Peter Fonseca, Hedy Fry, Ruby Sahota, Raj Saini, Ya’ara Saks — 6;

NAYS: Kerry Diotte, Marilyn Gladu, Heather McPherson, Marty Morantz, Bob Saroya — 5.

At 6:08 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee