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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 17
Monday, March 1, 2021, 3:06 p.m. to 4:43 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Hon. John McKay, Chair (Liberal)

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• Graeme McConnell, Analyst
• Robin Whitehead, Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(4), the committee commenced consideration of the request by four members of the committee to undertake a study on the safety and security of passengers required to stay in federally mandated quarantine facilities and at home under federal quarantine orders.

Motion

Shannon Stubbs moved, — That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness immediately begin a study into the safety and security of passengers required to stay in federally mandated quarantine facilities and at home under federal quarantine orders, and the failure of the federal government to prevent sexual assaults and other crimes against travelers under these federal orders, that two meetings be scheduled within two weeks of the passage of this motion, each meeting being for not less than three hours, that these meetings be televised, and that for meeting one the following witnesses be invited: from the Public Health Agency of Canada: Cindy Evans, Vice President, Emergency Management Branch, Karen Walton, Senior Director, Emergency Management Branch, and Sally Thornton, Vice President, Health Security Infrastructure Branch; from the RCMP: Michael Duheme, Deputy Commissioner for Federal Policing, Ken Hansen, Director of Federal Enforcement Branch, and Warren Coons, Director of Integrated Border Enforcement Team; from the CBSA: Paul MacKinnon, Vice President, Intelligence and Enforcement and Andrew LeFrank, Vice President, Director General for Enforcement and Intelligence; and, for meeting two, that both the Minister of Public Safety and the Minister of Health appear at the same time for no less than three hours; and that If the Ministers do not agree, within one week of the adoption of this motion, to accept this invitation for the length of time prescribed, the Chair shall be instructed to report to the House forthwith a recommendation that this committee be empowered to order his or her appearance from time to time.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Pam Damoff moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “two meetings” with the words “one three-hour meeting”, by deleting the words “each meeting being for not less than three hours”, by deleting the words “for meeting one”, by adding the words “for two hours” after the words “the following witnesses be invited”, by deleting the words “for meeting two”, by replacing the words “no less than three hours” with “one hour” and, that Dr. Isaac Bogoch be added to the list of witnesses.

Debate arose thereon.

Subamendment

Glen Motz moved, — That the amendement be amended by replacing the words “one three-hour meeting” be with “two two-hour meetings or one four-hour meeting”.

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Glen Motz and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Damien Kurek, Kristina Michaud, Glen Motz, Shannon Stubbs, Tako Van Popta — 5;

NAYS: Pam Damoff, Jack Harris, Angelo Iacono, Kamal Khera, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Joël Lightbound — 6.

The question was put on the amendment of Pam Damoff and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pam Damoff, Jack Harris, Angelo Iacono, Kamal Khera, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Joël Lightbound — 6;

NAYS: Damien Kurek, Kristina Michaud, Glen Motz, Shannon Stubbs, Tako Van Popta — 5.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Pam Damoff, Jack Harris, Angelo Iacono, Kamal Khera, Damien Kurek, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Joël Lightbound, Kristina Michaud, Glen Motz, Shannon Stubbs, Tako Van Popta — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness immediately begin a study into the safety and security of passengers required to stay in federally mandated quarantine facilities and at home under federal quarantine orders, and the failure of the federal government to prevent sexual assaults and other crimes against travelers under these federal orders, that one three-hour meeting be scheduled within two weeks of the passage of this motion, that this meeting be televised, and that the following witnesses be invited for two hours: from the Public Health Agency of Canada: Cindy Evans, Vice President, Emergency Management Branch, Karen Walton, Senior Director, Emergency Management Branch, and Sally Thornton, Vice President, Health Security Infrastructure Branch; from the RCMP: Michael Duheme, Deputy Commissioner for Federal Policing, Ken Hansen, Director of Federal Enforcement Branch, and Warren Coons, Director of Integrated Border Enforcement Team; from the CBSA: Paul MacKinnon, Vice President, Intelligence and Enforcement and Andrew LeFrank, Vice President, Director General for Enforcement and Intelligence; as an individual, Doctor Isaac Bogoch, and, that both the Minister of Public Safety and the Minister of Health appear at the same time for one hour; and; that, if the Ministers do not agree, within one week of the adoption of this motion, to accept this invitation for the length of time prescribed, the Chair shall be instructed to report to the House forthwith a recommendation that this committee be empowered to order his or her appearance from time to time.

At 4:43 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Mark D'Amore
Clerk of the Committee