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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 35
Monday, June 7, 2021, 3:41 p.m. to 5:47 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Robert Kitchen (Conservative)

Library of Parliament
• Raphaëlle Deraspe, Analyst
• Lindsay McGlashan, Analyst
Department of Public Works and Government Services
• Michael Mills, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Procurement
• Alain Dorion, Director General, Pandemic Response Sector
Office of the Auditor General
• Karen Hogan, Auditor General of Canada
• Jean Goulet, Principal
• Milan Duvnjak, Director
Public Health Agency of Canada
• Cindy Evans, Vice-President, Emergency Management
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, October 8, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen Hogan, Michael Mills and Cindy Evans made statements and, with Milan Duvnjak and Alain Dorion, answered questions.

Motion

Pierre Paul-Hus moved, — That, in the context of its study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee send for the following documents to be provided by the government: all briefing notes, memorandums for information, memorandums for decision, and documents related to the final contracts (including: letters of intent, requests for proposals, departmental justifications for non-competitive bid processes, contract numbers and solicitation numbers and final contracts) signed on behalf of the government with suppliers of personal protective equipment, testing equipment and vaccines between Friday, May 15, 2020 and Monday, May 31, 2021; that the documents be submitted electronically to the clerk of the committee in both official languages no later than noon ET on Friday, August 13, 2021; that the documents be published publicly on the committee’s website by Wednesday, August 18, 2021; and that departments tasked with gathering and releasing the following documents do their assessment and vetting as would be done through the access to information process.

Debate arose thereon.

On motion of Steven MacKinnon, it was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 5:47 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Paul Cardegna
Clerk of the Committee