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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 53
Thursday, May 18, 2023, 6:38 p.m. to 8:33 p.m.
In Camera
Emmanuel Dubourg, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Naaman Sugrue, Procedural Clerk
Library of Parliament
• Jean-Rodrigue Paré, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

It was agreed, — That, in relation to the study on the experience of women Veterans, the proposed budget in the amount of $144,497.60, for the committee’s travel to Montréal (Québec), Québec (Québec), Valcartier (Québec), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Comox (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Edmonton (Alberta), and Ottawa (Ontario) in summer - winter 2023, be adopted.

At 6:43 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:51 p.m., the sitting resumed in public.

As an individual
• Dr. Alisha Henson, Clinical Psychologist, Supervised Practice
• Alana Jaquemet, Registered Social Worker and Registered Psychotherapist
Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans
• Dr. Ramesh Zacharias, Chief Executive Officer
• Hélène Le Scelleur, Captain (Retired), Co-Chair, Centre of Excellence Advisory Council for Veterans
• Dr. Joy MacDermid, Professor
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, October 3, 2022, the committee resumed its study of experience of women Veterans.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


Blake Richards moved, — That the Department of Veterans Affairs provides the committee with any results, findings, conclusions, and recommendations related to the Sex and Gender Based Analysis (SGBA) of Disability Benefits Adjudication research conducted by Dr. Barbara Clow.

Debate arose thereon.


Randall Garrison moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “Barbara Clow” the following:

"Barbara Clow reports, completed while she was on contract with Veterans Affairs Canada:

  1. Description of Disability Adjudication at Veterans Affairs Canada – Friday, September 13, 2019;
  2. Findings from Key Informant Consultations – Tuesday, October 1, 2019;
  3. Analysis of Adjudication Instruments and Process – Friday, December 20, 2019;
  4. The Evolution of Adjudication Tools and Rules at Veterans Affairs Canada – Friday, December 20, 2019; and
  5. Sex and Gender-based Analysis of Disability Benefits Adjudication at Veterans Affairs Canada (Summary Report) - Tuesday, February 11, 2020."

Debate arose thereon.

At 8:33 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Alexandre (Sacha) Vassiliev
Clerk of the committee