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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 81
Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 5:09 p.m. to 6:33 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Emmanuel Dubourg, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Jean-Rodrigue Paré, Analyst
As an individual
• Paula MacDonald, Master of Social Work
Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit
• Dwayne Sawyer, President
• Kristina Sharp, Member
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, October 3, 2022, the committee resumed its study of the experience of women Veterans.

Paula MacDonald and Kristina Sharp made statements and, with Dwayne Sawyer, answered questions.

At 6:14 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:17 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $38,500, for the study of transition to civilian life, be adopted.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion of Blake Richards moved on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, which read as follows:

That, in relation to its study on the National Monument to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan, the committee

(a) invite the Deputy Commander of Military Personnel, Lieutenant-General Lise Bourgon; and

(b) order the production of all memoranda, briefing notes, e-mails, correspondence or any other records of conversations or communications (including text messages, Microsoft Teams messages, WhatsApp messages, Signal messages or other electronic messaging), with regard to the National Monument to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan, transmitted, since November 8th, 2021, between:

(i) the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs,

(ii) the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,

(iii) the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Privy Council Office,

(iv) the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Privy Council Office,

(v) the Privy Council Office and the Office of the Prime Minister,

(vi) the Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister, and (vii) the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Office of the Prime Minister, provided that these documents shall be provided to the clerk of the committee, in both official languages and without redaction, within 21 days of the adoption of this motion.

Amendment

Sean Casey moved, — That the motion be amended by adding, after paragraph b) (vii), the following: “And that Veterans Affairs Canada produce any correspondence received from members of the jury responsible for evaluating the finalist designs for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan since June 2023.".

Debate arose thereon.

At 6:33 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Malachie Azémar
Clerk of the committee