I call this meeting to order. Welcome to meeting number 21 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Pursuant to the orders of reference of April 11 and May 26, 2020, the committee is resuming its study of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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I would now like to welcome our witnesses for today. We have Robert Falconer, a research associate from the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary; as well as Syed Hussan, executive director at Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.
Mr. Falconer, please proceed with your seven and a half minute opening remarks.