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View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Welcome everyone. We'll start the meeting now.
Thank you everyone.
I have just a couple of points. The Special Committee on Canada-China Relations has booked this room at 5:30, so we will have a hard cap here at 5:30 so they can start their meeting and be televised.
I suggest for the next meeting that people keep in mind topics of interest so that we can consider where we're going to go in the future.
With that, we'll carry on. I'd like to welcome the Department of National Defence, with Major-General Cadieu, director of staff, strategic joint staff. Merci.
We have Major-General Downes, surgeon general, commander of the Canadian Forces health services group.
We have back again Ms. Namiesniowski, president of the Public Health Agency, and the incomparable Dr. Tam. Thank you for coming back.
We'll start with the Department of National Defence. I believe you have a 10-minute opening statement.
View Marcus Powlowski Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thanks very much to all of you for coming out today, and thank you for your work on behalf of all Canadians. I think you're doing a great job.
We had customs and border services come and speak to us earlier in the week. It seems that if you come from Wuhan or Hubei province, that initiates a process of screening and dealing with people who have potentially been exposed to the virus, people who have symptoms. Is this being done only with people coming from Hubei province and not from the rest of China?
View Marcus Powlowski Profile
Lib. (ON)
Johns Hopkins University has a dashboard showing the number of cases from other provinces. My understanding is that there are two other provinces with almost 900 cases. There are a number of other provinces with over 500 cases. That's gone up pretty dramatically over the last couple of days, from when it was almost half that number.
As we remember, there's a quarantine period of up to two weeks, so these numbers are going to go up even higher. Have you considered possibly implementing the same provisions regarding all passengers coming from China, with the idea that perhaps China has done a good job of barring the door but the horse may have bolted?
View Marcus Powlowski Profile
Lib. (ON)
My understanding is that the United States is asking all people returning from China to voluntarily self-isolate for two weeks. We're trying to figure out whether the United Kingdom is doing the same or not; it wasn't clear. I don't know if you have more information. Has Canada contemplated doing the same thing, asking all people returning from China to self-isolate for two weeks?
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you very much, folks, for being here today.
The women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces deeply matter to the folks in Canada. Dartmouth—Cole Harbour is home to CFB Shearwater, and with CFB Halifax nearby, I have a lot of military families at home who are paying rapt attention to what's going on in Trenton. I'd say that most Canadians have been watching the coronavirus situation closely, and they want to be sure that they and their loved ones are protected from this virus.
We've heard a lot about misinformation and how it's spreading online, and how the situation is being sensationalized by some. Can you tell us more—one of the major-generals, perhaps—about how those being repatriated here in Canada from Wuhan, China will be screened before and after they arrive back in Canada? Also, what measures are being put in place to protect military families and the general public in Trenton?
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
What measures are being put in place to protect the military families and the general public in Trenton?
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Absolutely. I will take that up with the minister myself.
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you to all the panellists for answering our questions.
I represent Brampton South. Our city recently declared a health care emergency. Our only hospital is functioning at more than capacity. While the risk of coronavirus is low, is there any plan in place such that, if an outbreak happened...? A health emergency has already been declared. We have a population of 650,000 and only one hospital. What kind of plan is in place?
My question is for Dr. Eileen de Villa. You have served in the Peel area. We already have a shortage of health care services.
View Tony Van Bynen Profile
Lib. (ON)
How much time do I have?
The Chair: You have three minutes.
Mr. Tony Van Bynen: Thank you.
I'm equally concerned about things that we can't treat with medicine, and that is the discussion that we've had around the discrimination. In addition to making up-to-date, evidence-based information available on the canada.ca/coronavirus web page and the travel.gc.ca website, as well as through a toll-free number, what can my colleagues and I do to address the misinformation that is circulating online to ensure that our Asian Canadians feel safe in their own communities?
View Ron McKinnon Profile
Lib. (BC)
Welcome to our witnesses before us today.
We have, from the Canada Border Services Agency, Mr. Paul MacKinnon, executive vice-president; and Mr. Denis Vinette, vice-president, travellers branch. From the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, we have Ms. Heather Jeffrey. From the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, we have Mr. Patrick Tanguy, who is not present at the moment. From the Department of Transport, we have Mr. Aaron McCrorie.
Each organization will have 10 minutes to make a presentation, following which there will be a couple of rounds of questions.
Let us start with the Canada Border Services Agency, please.
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you all for coming here today, and for all the hard work you do for all Canadians.
My first question is for Global Affairs. The evacuation of Canadians from China impacts Canadians in many ridings across the country. I have been contacted by a number of residents from my riding of Brampton South who are presently in China seeking evacuation and return home. Can you describe the consular services and supports that are available to Canadians who remain in China?
My second question is, what services are in place to ensure the safekeeping and well-being of Canadian minors with non-citizen parents?
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
My understanding is that for the first contact, they can contact Global Affairs. I heard there are 1-800 lines already set up. Do they have to consult with the consulate over there?
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
My next question is for Public Safety. Can you describe what steps your organization is taking to ensure that border measures implemented in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak do not promote stigma or discrimination?
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
To ensure that the coronavirus does not promote stigma or discrimination, any kind of discrimination, what kind of measures are in place?
View Mike Kelloway Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Chair.
I want to thank the panel for coming here today.
You've been speaking of the coordinated and connected efforts of all of your departments. I guess that's probably apt for my question. It's a good segue. Can you describe any support that the Canadian government is providing to lower- and middle-income countries to support their response to this virus?
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