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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 10
Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:34 p.m. to 10:01 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Iqra Khalid, Chair (Liberal)

• Garnett Genuis for Michael Cooper (Conservative)
• Garnett Genuis for Chris Lewis (Conservative)
• Tom Kmiec for Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay (Conservative)
• Luc Thériault for Rhéal Éloi Fortin (Bloc Québécois)
• Kenny Chiu (Conservative)
• Damien C. Kurek (Conservative)
• Arnold Viersen (Conservative)
House of Commons
• Jacques Maziade, Legislative Clerk
• Philippe Méla, Legislative Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
• Julia Nicol, Analyst
Department of Health
• Abby Hoffman, Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister
• Karen Kusch, Senior Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy Branch
• Jacquie Lemaire, Senior Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy Branch
Department of Justice
• Joanne Klineberg, Acting General Counsel
• Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector
• Caroline Quesnel, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section
Pursuant to the order of reference of Thursday, October 29, 2020, the committee resumed consideration of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).

It was agreed, — That the committee continue accepting written submissions on Bill C-7 until the completion of clause-by-clause consideration.

The committee resumed its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.

Randall Garrison moved, — That Bill C-7, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing lines 24 to 32 on page 4 with the following:

“(e) ensure that another medical practitioner or nurse practitioner has provided a written opinion confirming that the person meets all of the criteria set out in subsection (1);

(e.1) if neither they nor the other medical practitioner or nurse practitioner referred to in paragraph (e) has expertise in the condition that is causing the person’s suffering, ensure that they or the medical practitioner or nurse practitioner referred to in paragraph (e) consult with a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner who has that expertise and share the results of that consultation with the other practitioner;”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Randall Garrison and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Randall Garrison, Mike Kelloway, James Maloney, Ramesh Sangha, Luc Thériault, Arif Virani, Sameer Zuberi — 7;

NAYS: Michael Cooper, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Chris Lewis, Rob Moore — 4.

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Thursday, October 15, 2020, the following amendment, submitted by Paul Manly for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-7, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing lines 40 to 42 on page 4 with the following:

“and palliative care and have had consultations with professionals who have relevant experience and who provide those services or that care;”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Paul Manly and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Michael Cooper, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Chris Lewis, Rob Moore — 4;

NAYS: Randall Garrison, Mike Kelloway, James Maloney, Ramesh Sangha, Luc Thériault, Arif Virani, Sameer Zuberi — 7.

Rob Moore moved, — That Bill C-7, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing line 8 on page 5 with the following:

“(i) ensure that there are at least 120 clear days between”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Rob Moore and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Michael Cooper, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Chris Lewis, Rob Moore — 4;

NAYS: Randall Garrison, Mike Kelloway, James Maloney, Ramesh Sangha, Luc Thériault, Arif Virani, Sameer Zuberi — 7.

Chris Lewis moved, — That the committee do now adjourn.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Michael Cooper, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Chris Lewis, Rob Moore — 4;

NAYS: Randall Garrison, Mike Kelloway, James Maloney, Ramesh Sangha, Luc Thériault, Arif Virani, Sameer Zuberi — 7.

Rob Moore moved, — That Bill C-7, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing lines 9 to 11 on page 5 with the following:

“the day on which the request under paragraph (b) was signed by or on behalf of the person and the day on which”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Rob Moore and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Michael Cooper, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Chris Lewis, Rob Moore — 4;

NAYS: Randall Garrison, Mike Kelloway, James Maloney, Ramesh Sangha, Luc Thériault, Arif Virani, Sameer Zuberi — 7.

Rob Moore moved, — That Bill C-7, in Clause 1, be amended by adding after line 10 on page 6 the following:

“(b.1) on the day specified in the written arrangement referred to in subparagraph (a)(ii), the person is reminded by the medical practitioner or nurse practitioner that they entered into that arrangement and is provided with the opportunity to demonstrate refusal to have the substance administered or resistance to its administration;”

Debate arose thereon.

At 10:01 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Miriam Burke
Committee Clerk