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View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Maybe you could cut to the chase.
View Don Davies Profile
NDP (BC)
I'll just ask the Department of Health, what part of the definition does not apply, in the government's view, to the current COVID-19 situation? If COVID-19 is not a public welfare emergency, when would there be one?
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Ms. Namiesniowski, if you wish to answer, go ahead.
Tina Namiesniowski
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Tina Namiesniowski
2020-03-31 16:16
Perhaps I will start and my colleague from Health Canada may wish to add.
I think it's important, as we consider the Emergencies Act, that we also consider the context in which it is something a government may wish to choose to trigger, which is really in the event where we would need additional powers beyond what we potentially already have from a legislative perspective and/or where we are getting significant requests from provinces and territories for the federal government to come in directly and intervene in support of a request for assistance.
At this point, I think we have the authorities we need to deal with the situation that is currently before us.
Maybe I will just stop my answer there, but I would ask my colleague from Health Canada if he has anything to add.
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Lucas, please go ahead.
Stephen Lucas
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Stephen Lucas
2020-03-31 16:17
I would just note briefly that critical to this work is ongoing collaboration with provinces and territories and other key partners who can supply needed materials and resources to help address the pandemic. That collaboration is essential, given that provinces and territories run the health system and have tools in their jurisdictions to manage emergencies.
As was noted, critical to this is ensuring that all the federal tools and those provincial and territorial capabilities are utilized. There is ongoing engagement with provinces and territories about what is needed to address the pandemic at all levels, and it's in that context that if it were to come to it, the Emergencies Act could be considered, but that requires consultation and assessment of steps taken. That's why we're working in strong collaboration with provinces and territories and other partners now to use the tools that we have to take all steps necessary to address this pandemic.
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Lucas.
We go now to our third round. We'll start with Mr. Paul-Hus for five minutes, please.
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My first question is for Mr. Vinette of the Canada Border Services Agency.
Several weeks ago, there were no cases of coronavirus in Canada. So the border was our first line of defence. As we've seen, cases have finally crossed the border, particularly in Quebec, so that today we now have several thousand cases.
I understand this is a huge burden for the Border Services Agency. However, I would like to know immediately, without waiting for a report in six months' time, whether stricter procedures could have been put in place a few weeks ago.
Is it still possible to change procedures to ensure that future passengers arriving in Canada will be better screened, as we see in some countries?
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
I'm sorry, to whom was that question addressed?
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
My question is for Mr. Vinette.
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Vinette, go ahead, please.
Denis Vinette
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Denis Vinette
2020-03-31 16:21
From the onset of the situation, we began to explore and work with the Public Health Agency of Canada on what measures we needed to put in place both at the land-air borders and at Roxham Road.
We began to introduce measures to effect the screening of all individuals, as requested. Recently we began to implement, with the RCMP at Roxham Road specifically, the review and questioning of individuals. We have always questioned all of those I would call “irregular arrivals” at Roxham Road, from a health perspective. In instances where an individual was not of well-being or was ill, we also had the services of the Red Cross to whom we could refer an individual for further verification.
Since we began the measures back on January 21, we've gradually increased our posture, informed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, in terms of what was required. We have continued to sustain an enhanced level of screening of individuals throughout that period.
In the event that someone was demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19, we would refer them to the Public Health Agency of Canada for additional screening and engagement with a quarantine officer.
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Mr. Paul-Hus, go ahead.
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
My question was general. It wasn't just about Roxham Road.
In addition, we are told that Health Canada quarantine officers are not always on the ground. When there is a case at an airport, a call is made and the person gives instructions over the phone.
Is there no way to designate border services officers as quarantine officers, as the Government of Quebec has done for Sûreté du Québec officers?
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Is that question for Mr. Vinette or for Mr. Ossowski?
Mr. Vinette, do you wish to respond to that?
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