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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 41
Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 3:37 p.m. to 5:16 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Sean Casey, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Jacques Maziade, Legislative Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Elizabeth Cahill, Analyst
• Eleni Kachulis, Analyst
• Isabelle Lafontaine-Émond, Analyst
• Mayra Perez-Leclerc, Analyst
• Claude DeBellefeuille, M.P., Salaberry—Suroît
As an individual
• Marie-Hélène Dubé, Criminologist and Founder, 15 Weeks is not Enough Campaign
• Chantal Renaud, Communications Manager
• Louis Sansfaçon
Department of Employment and Social Development
• Benoit Cadieux, Director, Special Benefits, Employment Insurance Policy, Skills and Employment Branch
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
• Julie Kelndorfer, Director, Government and Community Relations
Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the committee commenced consideration of Bill C-265, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine).

Claude DeBellefeuille, Chantal Renaud, Marie-Hélène Dubé and Louis Sansfaçon made statements and answered questions.

At 4:08 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:10 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

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

On motion of Raquel Dancho, it was agreed, — That, in the context of the study of the impact of COVID-19 on seniors, the deadline for the submission of briefs be extended until the end of oral witness testimony.

It was moved, — That, in the context of the study of the impact of COVID-19 on seniors, the evidence and documentation received by the committee during the 1st Session of the 43rd Parliament on the study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic be taken into consideration by the committee in the current session.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Rosemarie Falk moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “current session” the following: “, in addition to any other testimony, oral or written, provided in the course of the current study”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Rosemarie Falk and it was agreed to.

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

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, in the context of the study of the impact of COVID-19 on seniors, the evidence and documentation received by the committee during the 1st Session of the 43rd Parliament on the study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic be taken into consideration by the committee in the current session, in addition to any other testimony, oral or written, provided in the course of the current study.

It was agreed, — That, in the context of the study of the review of the employment insurance program, the clerk and analysts of the committee, in consultation with the Chair, prepare a news release for publication on the committee’s website and for distribution upon presentation of the report to the House.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion moved on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, which read as follows:

That the amount of the 2021 Centennial Flame Research Award be set at $5,500, that the deadline for submitting an application be set at Tuesday, June 15, 2021, and that a news release be published on the committee’s website.

The committee resumed consideration of the amendment moved by Adam Vaughan on Thursday, May 27, 2021, which read as follows:

That the motion be amended by replacing the number “5,500” with the number “6,700”, and replacing the words "Tuesday, June 15, 2021” with the words “Thursday, July 1, 2021”.

Debate resumed on the amendment of Adam Vaughan.

Subamendment

Raquel Dancho moved, — That the amendment be amended by replacing the words “Thursday, July 1, 2021” with the words “Wednesday, September 1, 2021”.

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Raquel Dancho and it was agreed to.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Adam Vaughan, as amended, 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 the amount of the 2021 Centennial Flame Research Award be set at $6,700, that the deadline for submitting an application be set at Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and that a news release be published on the committee’s website.

On motion of Louise Chabot, it was agreed, — That the committee proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-265, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine) on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

It was agreed, — That, in the context of the study of Bill C-265, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine), amendments be submitted to the clerk of the committee in both official languages no later than Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

At 5:16 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Danielle Widmer
Clerk of the Committee