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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 15
Friday, January 29, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:41 p.m.
Ron McKinnon, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Isabelle Duford, Procedural Clerk
Library of Parliament
• Sonya Norris, Analyst
• Tu-Quynh Trinh, Analyst
As an individual
• Ehsan Latif, Professor of Economics, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia
• Samuel Veissière, Assistant Professor, Departement of Psychiatry and Co-director of the Culture, Mind, and Brain Program, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Camrose Women’s Shelter
• Nora-Lee Rear, Executive Director
Canadian Grief Alliance
• Paul Adams, Member
• Maxxine Rattner, Member
Homewood Health Centre Inc.
• Carlos Lalonde, Executive Vice-President of National Medical Services and Chief of Staff
Hospital Employees' Union
• Barb Nederpel, President
• Georgina Hackett, Director, Occupational Health and Safety
• Maria Dreyfus, Care Aide
Kids Help Phone
• Katherine Hay, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mental Health Commission of Canada
• Louise Bradley, President and Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to the order of reference of Monday,October 26, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the emergency situation facing Canadians in light of the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

At 1:57 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 2:02 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

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


Tony Van Bynen moved, — That the committee instruct the analysts to prepare an interim report on the topic of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Canadians based on the four meetings held on this topic as part of the study on the Emergency Situation Facing Canadians in Light of the Second Wave of COVID-19.

Debate arose thereon.


Larry Maguire moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “in Light of the Second Wave of COVID-19. ” the following: “and that this interim report be considered only at sittings when the House is on recess”.


Larry Maguire moved, — That the debate be adjourned until the end of the meeting on Monday, February 1, 2021.

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, Larry Maguire, Michelle Rempel Garner, Luc Thériault — 6;

NAYS: Darren Fisher, Mike Kelloway, Marcus Powlowski, Sonia Sidhu, Tony Van Bynen — 5.

At 3:41 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee