Skip to main content
Start of content

JUST Committee Meeting

Notices of Meeting include information about the subject matter to be examined by the committee and date, time and place of the meeting, as well as a list of any witnesses scheduled to appear. The Evidence is the edited and revised transcript of what is said before a committee. The Minutes of Proceedings are the official record of the business conducted by the committee at a sitting.

For an advanced search, use Publication Search tool.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the accessibility of this publication, please contact us at

Previous day publication Next day publication

Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 4
Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 11:02 a.m. to 1:22 p.m.
Iqra Khalid, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
• Julia Nicol, Analyst
• Hon. David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
• Hon. Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health
• Hon. Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Department of Justice
• François Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister
• Laurie Wright, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Department of Health
• Stephen Lucas, Deputy Minister
• Abby Hoffman, Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister
• Sharon Harper, Director General, Strategic Policy Branch
As an individual
• Dr. Ramona Coelho, Physician
• Dr. Tanja Daws, Family Physician
Dying With Dignity Canada
• Hon. James S. Cowan, Chair and Former Senator, Board of Directors
• Helen Long, Chief Executive Officer
Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity
• Dr. Georges L'Espérance, President
Pursuant to the order of reference of Thursday, October 29, 2020, the committee commenced consideration of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).

The Ministers made statements and answered questions.

At 12:13 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:19 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Ramona Coelho, Tanja Daws, Helen Long, Georges L’Espérance and James S. Cowan made statements and answered questions.


Randall Garrison moved, — That, with regard to the study on Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), the committee sit on Tuesday, November 10, and Thursday, November 12, 2020, to conclude its hearings on this topic.

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

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

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

It was agreed, — That, with regard to the study on Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), the committee proceed to the clause-by-clause study of the bill on Tuesday, November 17, and Thursday, November 19, 2020, provided that proposed amendments are submitted to the clerk electronically by Friday, November 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

At 1:22 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee