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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 14
Monday, January 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:09 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Ron McKinnon, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Sonya Norris, Analyst
 
House of Commons
• Isabelle Duford, Procedural Clerk
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(4), the committee commenced consideration of the request by four members of the committee to undertake a study of all matters related to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

Motion

Michelle Rempel Garner moved, — That, given the drastic increase in cases of COVID-19 across the country and that the government’s announcements about the procurement of vaccines are inconsistent with the actual delivery schedule, the Committee:

Invite the Minister of Health, the Minister of Procurement and their officials to appear before the Committee for no less than two hours each regarding all matters related to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy, and that this meeting occur no later than February 5, 2021;

That in accordance with a motion previously passed by the Committee, the Clerk of the Committee be instructed to schedule the final agreed upon fourth meeting regarding the Liberal selected mental health theme of the COVID-19 study during the Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting on February 1, 2021, unless the Liberal members of the Committee elect to forego this meeting in favour of beginning meetings on the next theme of the Committee’s COVID-19 study;

That Committee select it’s next theme of the COVID-19 study in the agreed upon manner set out in the original motion, with the next theme being selected by the Conservative members of the committee, with the Conservative members selecting the theme of all matters related to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy, and that the first meeting of this theme commence at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee after February 1, 2021, that is February 5, 2021, unless the Liberal members of the committee elect to forego the last meeting in the prior theme per the option outlined above, and that parties shall submit witnesses to the Clerk for these four meetings pertaining to vaccines no later than January 28, 2021, at 4 p.m. Eastern.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The Chair ruled the proposed motion out of order on the grounds that it contravened the motion adopted by the House on October 26, 2020.

Whereupon, Michelle Rempel Garner 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: Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 5;

NAYS: John Barlow, Chris d’Entremont, Don Davies, Larry Maguire, Michelle Rempel Garner, Luc Thériault — 6.

Amendment

Darren Fisher moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “and that this meeting occur no later than February 5, 2021;” with the words “as the Committee's first witnesses on the topic of vaccines with the number of Committee meetings to be determined by unanimous consent and that this meeting occur no later than February 4, 2021”.

Debate arose thereon.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The President refused to give the floor to Michelle Rempel Garner and recognized Darren Fisher.

Whereupon, Michelle Rempel Garner 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: Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 5;

NAYS: John Barlow, Chris d’Entremont, Don Davies, Larry Maguire, Michelle Rempel Garner, Luc Thériault — 6.

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

YEAS: Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 5;

NAYS: John Barlow, Chris d’Entremont, Don Davies, Larry Maguire, Michelle Rempel Garner, Luc Thériault — 6.

Amendment

Chris d’Entremont moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “on February 1, 2021” with the words “January 29, 2021”.

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

YEAS: John Barlow, Chris d’Entremont, Don Davies, Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Larry Maguire, Marcus Powlowski, Michelle Rempel Garner, Sonia Sidhu, Luc Thériault, Tony Van Bynen — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

It was agreed, — That the motion be amended by deleting the words “commence at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee after”, and by deleting the words “that is February 5, 2021, unless the Liberal members of the committee elect to forego the last meeting in the prior theme per the option outlined above,” and by adding after the words “at 4 p.m. Eastern.“ the words “and that the meeting with ministers not be included in these four meetings.".

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, given the drastic increase in cases of COVID-19 across the country and that the government’s announcements about the procurement of vaccines are inconsistent with the actual delivery schedule, the Committee:

Invite the Minister of Health, the Minister of Procurement and their officials to appear before the Committee for no less than two hours each regarding all matters related to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy, and that this meeting occur no later than February 5, 2021;

That in accordance with a motion previously passed by the Committee, the Clerk of the Committee be instructed to schedule the final agreed upon fourth meeting regarding the Liberal selected mental health theme of the COVID-19 study during the Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting on January 29, 2021, unless the Liberal members of the Committee elect to forego this meeting in favour of beginning meetings on the next theme of the Committee’s COVID-19 study;

That Committee select it’s next theme of the COVID-19 study in the agreed upon manner set out in the original motion, with the next theme being selected by the Conservative members of the committee, with the Conservative members selecting the theme of all matters related to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy, and that the first meeting of this theme commence February 1, 2021, and that parties shall submit witnesses to the Clerk for these four meetings pertaining to vaccines no later than January 28, 2021, at 4 p.m. Eastern and that the meetings with the ministers not be included in those four meetings.

At 8:09 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee