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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 14
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 3:35 p.m. to 4:52 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Sean Casey, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Elizabeth Cahill, Analyst
• Brittany Collier, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

Motion

Rosemarie Falk moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on the impact of COVID-19 on the financial, social, health and overall well-being of seniors; that the committee review existing and announced programs for seniors and make recommendations to improve support for seniors; that the study be comprised of no less than six two-hour meetings; that the committee invite the Minister of Seniors and departmental officials to appear for one hour each; that the committee, pursuant to Standing Order 109, present its findings with recommendations to the House; and that the committee request that the government provide a comprehensive response.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Adam Vaughan moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing all the words after “the committee undertake a study on” with the following: “the impact of federal programs and transfers to other orders of government, including Indigenous self-government, and to individuals with respect to seniors and the elderly in Canada, that have been impacted and/or augmented due to COVID-19, and how other federal programs not directly related to seniors may be reformed to better serve Canadians as they age”.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The Chair ruled the proposed amendment inadmissible as it introduced a new proposition which should be the subject of another substantive motion.

It was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to the order made on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the committee commence a study of the review of the Employment Insurance program on Thursday, February 18, 2021, followed by a study of the impact of COVID-19 on the financial, social, health and overall well-being of seniors.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion of Rosemarie Falk, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on the impact of COVID-19 on the financial, social, health and overall well-being of seniors; that the committee review existing and announced programs for seniors and make recommendations to improve support for seniors; that the study be comprised of no less than six two-hour meetings; that the committee invite the Minister of Seniors and departmental officials to appear for one hour each; that the committee, pursuant to Standing Order 109, present its findings with recommendations to the House; and that the committee request that the government provide a comprehensive response.

Amendment

Anthony Housefather moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “announced programs for seniors” with the following: “including federal transfers to provinces and territories and Indigenous governments,”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Anthony Housefather and it was agreed to.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on the impact of COVID-19 on the financial, social, health and overall well-being of seniors; that the committee review existing and announced programs for seniors, including federal transfers to provinces and territories and Indigenous governments, and make recommendations to improve support for seniors; that the study be comprised of no less than six two-hour meetings; that the committee invite the Minister of Seniors and departmental officials to appear for one hour each; that the committee, pursuant to Standing Order 109, present its findings with recommendations to the House; and that the committee request that the government provide a comprehensive response.

It was agreed, — That, in the context of the committee study of the review of the employment insurance program, committee members submit their prioritized witness lists to the clerk of the committee no later than Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

It was agreed, — That, in the context of the committee study of urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing, the letter prepared by the clerk regarding the written response submitted by the Department of Indigenous Services Canada following its appearance before the committee on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, be sent to the department.

Motion

Jamie Schmale moved, — That, in light of a recent media report “CMHC Hid Costs from MPs” dated December 18, 2020, Blacklock’s Reporter highlighting an apparent conflict between information found in documents of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and testimony provided to this committee by Mr. Evan Siddall, President and Chief Executive Offier of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the committee clerk write to Mr. Siddall requesting the following: (1) the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation table with the committee “Access to Information Request AF-2020-00087 / ML;” (2) Mr. Siddall be invited to provide a written statement clarifying his previous testimony in light of these documents, and provide the precise dollar figures and itemized breakdown of how all funds were spent on Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s rebranding effort; (3) these actions be completed within 10 business days of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s receipt of the clerk’s correspondence.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.

Motion

Jamie Schmale moved, — That the committee conduct a study of no less than three two-hour meetings on the implementation of the seven recommendations found in the committee’s 14th Report entitled: “Supporting Families After the Loss of a Child”; that the committee invite the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and departmental officials to appear for one hour each; that the committee invite pregnancy and infant loss stakeholders groups to appear for no less than two, two-hour meetings; that the meetings be televised; and that the committee present its findings to the House.

It was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned.

At 5:38 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Danielle Widmer
Clerk of the Committee