I call this meeting to order. Welcome to meeting 34 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
I have just a few housekeeping notes. Today, we have MP Jean Yip, who is replacing MP James Maloney. Welcome, Jean.
Stéphane Lauzon is also back to replace Mike Kelloway.
Good morning, Mr. Lauzon.
We also have MP Tochor, who is replacing MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay. Welcome, Corey. It's great to have you on our justice committee, I think for the first time.
We are continuing our study on elder abuse.
To ensure an orderly meeting today, I will go over some rules for the witnesses and for the members.
Interpretation services are available to everybody who is listening. At the bottom of your Zoom screen, make sure that you've selected the language that you'd like to listen to. You can speak in either of our two official languages. If you need to get my attention, just use the “raise hand” function at the bottom of the screen and I will call on you.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you, and before you start speaking, ensure that you unmute yourself, which is again at the bottom of the screen. Speak slowly and clearly. Once you are done speaking, please ensure that you are back on mute.
As a reminder, all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair. With regard to a speakers list and a speaking order, Mr. Clerk and I will do our best to maintain an orderly meeting.
For the witnesses, just for your reference, I have a one-minute and a 30-second time card that will help you keep track of your time.
Before we start with the introduction of our witnesses today, I'd like to get the committee's approval of the operational budget that was distributed to members yesterday. The budget is in the amount of $4,100. It will serve to pay our expenses for this current study on elder abuse.
Do I have everyone’s approval? Do I see a thumbs-up from members?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Thank you, everyone. I appreciate that.
Now I would like to welcome our witnesses.
Mathieu Robitaille is a community intervenor at the Centre d'action bénévole Saint-Jérôme.
We also have the Canadian Association of Social Workers, represented by Hai Luo, who is a content expert and associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba; and Patrick Fleming, who is a content expert and social worker.
We also have Pak Pioneers Community Organization of Canada, represented by Tehmina Naveed, who is the executive director.
Welcome to all of you.
We'll start with the Canadian Association of Social Workers for opening remarks of five minutes.