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View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Konyndyk and Professor Gostin, you both said it was a great honour to be here in front of our committee today. I will tell you that the honour is all ours. I thank you for being here today.
When I think of this pandemic, when I think of COVID-19, I think of the faces of public health. I think specifically of the importance of Dr. Tam, of the importance of Canada's relationship with the World Health Organization and of the absolute importance of trusting our experts. With regard to a novel virus, of course we are learning along the way as citizens, as the public and as health experts. I think of the importance of following science and data rather than politics. Personally, I feel that Canadians are very lucky to have Dr. Tam as Canada's chief public health officer.
Professor Gostin, I believe it was you who spoke of public trust and solidarity. How important is it that we continue to trust in science and experts through this pandemic and into the future, assuming there will be more?
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
Yes. Thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
So much has been said by both witnesses and members of Parliament about the World Health Organization. I expect that when this is all over, we can have a post-mortem. We can evaluate how we did as a country. You both mentioned how well Canada has done compared with some countries.
Professor Gostin, you said, and I quote, “The WHO director-general must have freedom to act in the best interest of public health and science without political interference.” Do you want to add anything else on that, or to elaborate on that quote?
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Minister, welcome to you and your team.
I think I can speak for every MP on this committee, and all the MPs in the House of Commons. We had so many constituents who were stranded all over the world due to the pandemic. I can speak for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. We had young firefighters in Peru, we had seniors struggling aboard the MS Zaandam, and I think, again, we can all agree that it was a very challenging few months.
Back home, we had families who were, rightly, very scared and nervous for their loved ones. The borders were closing, airlines were shutting down and it was a scary time. I want to take a moment to thank Global Affairs staff, consular staff and your team. Specifically, I want to thank your Parliamentary Secretary, Rob Oliphant, and his team.
Our office, much like the offices of the other 337 MPs, was inundated with these calls and requests from these frantic parents and constituents. What your group managed to do was absolutely incredible. I also want to thank my constituency staff for the work that they did, basically working from home. It was absolutely incredible.
Thinking about just how difficult this process was with all hands on deck, what was it like negotiating safe passage and eventual disembarking of passengers to get these Canadians home from dozens of countries from around the world? Tell us a little bit about some of the challenges that you and your amazing team encountered.
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank them for me, if you would, please.
The numbers suggest that the measures we have in place in Canada are working. Of course, we're not out of the woods yet. People are starting to talk about international travel. We had airlines here yesterday.
I'm starting to think about business and pleasure travel again. I'm interested in your views on when that might be appropriate and what that travel might look like in a post-COVID-19 world, or in a potential second wave. Perhaps we're always going to be in a COVID-19 world.
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
Minister, my time is up. I do wish you a very happy birthday this Thursday—your 50th birthday. I hope you have a chance to get a little downtime.
Thank you so much.
View Kody Blois Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-06-23 12:42
Thank you, Ms. Bessette. Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My questions are to the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.
You mentioned the western price index, and you've made it clear that you want to extend this program into the Maritimes. We know that would be beneficial for many beef farmers. You were proposing a pilot to start. Do you have an idea of what the cost would be to able to extend this coverage?
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you very much to the officials here from Transport Canada today.
Can anyone on the panel tell me how your department has engaged with the airline industry on the restrictions and the guidelines the department has put out?
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
We talk about how COVID-19 has been evolving, and the knowledge of how it's been evolving.
What do we now know about the role of air travel in spreading COVID?
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
You talked about data and science in your opening remarks. How have the things Transport Canada has done been based on science and data?
We hear an awful lot of people talk about this country or this state did this or that. How much of your response is based on what other countries may or may not do?
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
What's the status of train travel right now for passengers in Canada? I guess that would depend on a lot of the provincial regulations, province to province.
View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Mike Kelloway Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thanks, Mr. Chair, and hello to my colleagues.
I want to thank the witnesses. Last week was National Public Service Week, and taking that into account and the work that the witnesses have done, I really want to thank you. My office and I had a lot of questions during this pandemic for Transport Canada, and you've been nothing but helpful during these challenging times.
My question is one that will focus on contrast and compare. I'll utilize myself as an example in that line of questioning.
Before the House adjourned on March 13, I would travel by plane at least once a week from Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Ottawa. Like many things, COVID has made me think twice about the spread of infection, and even when I go to the grocery store I'm thinking about it. When it's safe for us to return to Ottawa—it's more of a futuristic question—how would you compare the risk of travelling by plane to, say, going to the gym or having dinner at a restaurant?
That's open to anyone.
View Mike Kelloway Profile
Lib. (NS)
Do you see these measures that you just mentioned as the new normal, given that we may have a second round of the virus in the fall, and beyond that, who knows? Do you see this as a bit of the new normal?
View Mike Kelloway Profile
Lib. (NS)
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