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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 82
Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 7:32 p.m. to 9:46 p.m.
Stephen Ellis, Vice-Chair (Conservative)

Library of Parliament
• Kelly Farrah, Analyst
• Tu-Quynh Trinh, Analyst
As an individual
• Dr. Lisa Barrett, Physician Researcher
• Patrick Taillon, Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Constitutional and Administrative Law Studies, Faculty of Law, Université Laval
Canadian Medical Association
• Dr. Kathleen Ross, President
World Animal Protection
• Melissa Matlow, Campaign Director
• Michèle Hamers, Wildlife Campaign Manager
Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, February 8, 2023, the committee resumed consideration of Bill C-293, An Act respecting pandemic prevention and preparedness.

Lisa Barrett, Patrick Taillon, Melissa Matlow and Kathleen Ross made statements.


Todd Doherty moved, — Given the recent letter, from 17 experienced Canadian Addiction Medicine physicians to the Minister of Addictions and Mental Health, calling on the government to cease funding of hydromorphone for people with addictions, that the committee recognize: (a) the substantial increase in opioid-related harms and deaths, (b) that the government’s current policies are not working, (c) that the so called “safer supply” strategy is a failure, making the opioid crisis worse; that the committee call for an immediate end to the government’s so called “safe supply” funding; and that the committee report this motion to the House.

Debate arose thereon.

At 8:17 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 8:20 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Debate resumed on the motion of Todd Doherty.


Darren Fisher moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 3.

The witnesses answered questions.

At 9:46 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Christine Sing
Clerk of the committee