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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to the 11th meeting of the House of Commons Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Today's meeting is taking place by video conference.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you are ready to speak, please activate your mike, and when you're not speaking, please make sure that your mike is off and it's muted.
I would like to remind the honourable members that if they wish to speak in English, they should choose the English channel, and if they wish to speak in French, they should choose the French channel.
View Bernadette Jordan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Chair, we're not getting the interpretation.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We're not getting the interpretation.
Can you hear the interpretation now?
No interpretation is happening. We have a technical issue. I'm looking to our technical people.
I am going to read the instructions in both languages while waiting for them to sort out the interpretation problem.
I would like to remind the honourable members that if they wish to speak in English, they should choose the English channel, and if they wish to speak in French, they should choose the French channel. If you plan to speak in both languages, you should switch back and forth between the interpretation channels as required .
Each time you switch languages, please make sure that you switch back and forth. It's not an easy thing to do. I'd like to say that it becomes a habit, but it's still a struggle to go through.
Furthermore, to facilitate the interpreters' work, I would ask members to address their remarks to the chair, and to speak slowly and clearly at all times.
Yesterday we had some people who were trying to get as much as they could in. I know that some of us have a habit of speaking quickly. Just keep it down out of consideration not only for our members but also for our interpreters.
We also strongly recommend that those who will be speaking wear a headset. Once again, it's very important not only for your online colleagues, but also for the interpreters, to make it easier for them to understand what is being said. The clearer the comments, the better they can perform their task.
Before beginning, I will check to see whether the technical problem with interpretation has been settled. Apparently not.
We're going to suspend for a couple of minutes until we can resolve the interpretation problem.
It should be working again within a few minutes.
Stand by and we'll start in a couple of minutes.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We're going to resume the sitting.
I understand that there are no ministerial announcements today, so we'll go right into presenting petitions for a period not exceeding 15 minutes. I want to remind members that any petition presented during the meeting of the special committee must have already been certified by the clerk of petitions.
The first petition will be presented by Mr. Johns.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll now go to Ms. May.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Now we'll go to Ms. Rempel Garner.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll now proceed to questioning of ministers.
The first question goes to Mr. Jeneroux.
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, Canada currently has restrictive border measures in place. One of the aspects of our border measures that I think is most valuable to Canadians—
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll go back to Mr. Jeneroux.
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, let me continue my answer.
One of the most important and trickiest aspects of our travel restrictions has been to ensure that we have restrictions in place with our largest neighbour, most important trading partner, the United States, restrictions which simultaneously protect the health of Canadians but also permit essential travel for businesses, for services. That was a complex balance to achieve. I'm very pleased that we have achieved it.
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, as I said, getting the balance exactly right, particularly with the United States, with whom we have the longest unmilitarized border in the world and with whom we have essential trade that needs to continue, was very tricky. I'm very pleased that we've managed to do that in a reciprocal and collaborative way.
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, we are very closely monitoring the need for various medicines in Canada.
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, absolutely not. I would strongly disagree with that assertion. Of course, not every drug that is invented in the world has a manufacturer that seeks approval in Canada, but we always look for ways for Canadians to have access to the medicines they need.
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, let me be very, very clear with Canadians. It is absolutely important for Canadians to have access to the medicines that they need. That is something that our government, working closely with the provinces, is focused on.
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, our government is focused on making the medicines that Canadians need available to them at an affordable price.
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