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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 20
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 3:34 p.m. to 5:42 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Sven Spengemann, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Nadia Faucher, Analyst
• Allison Goody, Analyst
• Billy Joe Siekierski, Analyst
• Brendan Naef, Analyst
• Jean-Philippe Duguay, Analyst
Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie
• Christian Champigny, Acting Manager for International Programs
• Florence Massicotte-Banville, International Project Officer
World University Service of Canada
• Chris Eaton, Executive Director
Change for Children Association (CFCA)
• Lorraine Swift, Executive Director
CODE
• Scott Walter, 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.

Christian Champigny, Lorraine Swift, Chris Eaton and Scott Walter made statements and answered questions.

At 4:33 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:34 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

Motion

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion moved by Heather McPherson on Thursday, February 18, 2021, — 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

Amendment

The Committee resumed consideration of the amendment moved by Ruby Sahota on Thursday, February 18, 2021 — 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”

The debate resumed on the amendment of Ruby Sahota.

A point of order was raised by Heather McPherson on the relevance of the debate.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The chair ruled that the member’s speech was relevant to the matter at hand.

The debate resumed on the amendment of Ruby Sahota.

A point of order was raised by Heather McPherson on the relevance of the debate.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The chair ruled that the member’s speech was relevant to the matter at hand.

Motion

Garnett Genius sought unanimous consent to move the following motion —That the floor be yielded to MP McPherson to address the amendment; that after MP McPherson has completed her intervention that the debate be now adjourned; and that the Committee proceed to the consideration of the draft report on the human rights situation of the Uyghurs.

Unanimous consent was denied.

The debate resumed on the amendment of Ruby Sahota.

A point of order was raised by Michael Chong to seek unanimous consent to move the following motion — That the Committee adopt the report of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights titled “Human Rights Situation of the Uighurs”; and that the chair report this report to the House.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The chair ruled that Mr. Chong did not properly have the floor to seek unanimous consent, and that a motion could not be moved on a point of order.

Whereupon, Michael D. Chong appealed the decision of the Chair.

The question: "Shall the decision of the Chair be sustained?" was put and the decision was overturned on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Peter Fonseca, Hedy Fry, Robert Oliphant, Ruby Sahota, Ya’ara Saks — 5;

NAYS: Stéphane Bergeron, Michael D. Chong, Kerry Diotte, Garnett Genuis, Heather McPherson, Marty Morantz — 6.

Motion

Michael Chong sought unanimous consent to move the following motion — That the Committee adopt the report of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights titled “Human Rights Situation of the Uighurs”; and that the chair report this report to the House.

Unanimous consent was denied.

At 5:42 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee