I call the meeting to order.
This is the eighth meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health. Today, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, February 24, 2020, the committee begins its study on the subject matter of supplementary estimates (B), 2019-20, and of the mandate of the Minister of Health.
I am pleased to welcome our panel. We have the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health. We have Ms. Catherine MacLeod, executive vice-president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. We have Dr. Siddika Mithani, president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. We are also expecting Dr. Tam and others, who are delayed. We will introduce them in due course.
I understand the minister has an opening statement.
Normally we have 10 minutes, but I understand from the clerk that you will be a bit longer than that, and I think that will be fine. Please go ahead, Minister, and thank you for being here.