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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 7
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 11:02 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Iqra Khalid, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
• Julia Nicol, Analyst
As an individual
• Jennifer Gibson, Director and Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
• Alain Naud, Family Physician and Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Laval University
• Hon. André Rochon, Retired Justice of the Québec Court of Appeal
Canadian Bar Association
• David E. Roberge, Lawyer, End-of-Life Working Group
Canadian Nurses Association
• Michael Villeneuve, Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
• Anne Boyle, President
• Harvey Max Chochinov, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba
DisAbled Women's Network of Canada
• Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director
Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia
• Catherine Ferrier, President
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).

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That two and a half minutes be given to the representative of the Green Party to question the witnesses, before the conclusion of the first round of questions for each panel today.

Jennifer Gibson, Alain Naud, André Rochon and David E. Roberge made statements and answered questions.

At 12:17 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:20 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Michael Villeneuve, Anne Boyle, Harvey Max Chochinov, Bonnie Brayton and Catherine Ferrier made statements and answered questions.

It was agreed, — That the committee sit beyond 1:00 p.m. to complete another round of questions.

Motion

Chris Lewis moved, — That, notwithstanding any decision taken previously, the committee hold an additional hearing on Bill C-7.

After debate, 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, Luc Thériault — 5;

NAYS: Randall Garrison, Mike Kelloway, James Maloney, Ramesh Sangha, Arif Virani, Sameer Zuberi — 6.

Motion

Luc Thériault moved, — That, with respect to the study of Bill C-7 and notwithstanding any decision taken previously, the deadline for submitting the amendments to the clerk be set for Monday, November 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

After debate, 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, Luc Thériault — 5;

NAYS: Randall Garrison, Mike Kelloway, James Maloney, Ramesh Sangha, Arif Virani, Sameer Zuberi — 6.

At 1:40 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee