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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to the 14th meeting of the House of Commons Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This will be a hybrid meeting. Some members will be participating via video conference and some will be participating in person.
In order to ensure that those joining the meeting via video conference can be seen and heard by those in the chamber, two screens have been set up on either side of the Speaker's chair, and members in the chamber can listen to the floor audio or to interpretation using their earpiece at their desk.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name, and please direct your remarks through the chair.
For those joining via video conference, I would like to remind you to leave your mike on mute when you are not speaking.
Also, please note that if you want to speak in English, you should be on the English channel. If you want to speak French, you should be on the French channel. Should you wish to alternate between the two languages, you should change the channel to the language that you are speaking each time you switch languages.
Should members participating by video conference need to request the floor outside their designated speaking times, they should activate their mic and state that they have a point of order. Those in the Chamber can rise in the usual way.
Please note that today's proceedings will be televised in the same way as a typical sitting of the House.
We'll now proceed to ministerial announcements.
I understand that there are none.
Now we'll proceed to the tabling of documents.
Mr. LeBlanc has a document he wants to table.
Go ahead, Mr. LeBlanc.
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Chair, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, a report entitled "Democracy Matters, Debates Count: A report on the 2019 Leaders' Debates Commission and the future of debates in Canada”.
Mr. Chair, on behalf of all of us, I want to thank the Right Honourable David Johnston for his continued service.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll now proceed to the presenting of petitions, for a period not exceeding 15 minutes.
I would like to remind members that any petition presented during a meeting of the special committee must have already been certified by the clerk of petitions.
For members participating in person, we ask that you please come to the front and drop off your certificate at the table once the petition has been presented.
In presenting petitions, the first presenter today is Mr. Genuis.
View Garnett Genuis Profile
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'm pleased to be presenting a petition in support of Bill S-204. This is a bill in the Senate, put forward by Senator Salma Ataullahjan.
It would make it a criminal offence for a person to go abroad and receive an organ for which there has not been consent by the donor. It also creates a mechanism by which someone could be deemed inadmissible to Canada if they were involved in organ harvesting and trafficking.
This bill is designed to confront and address the horrific practice by which, in certain cases—for instance, inside China—minority communities or dissidents may be targeted and have their organs removed as they're killed and used for transplantation.
Petitioners are supportive of Bill S-204, and they want to see it passed as soon as possible.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Our next petition will go to Mr. Viersen.
View Arnold Viersen Profile
Mr. Chair, I am presenting a petition today signed by Canadians who are concerned that Bill C-7 removes safeguards from the current euthanasia regime, including the mandatory 10-day waiting period.
Mr. Chair, these people who are signing this petition would like to see an improvement in assisted living, not assisted dying.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll now go to Ms. Zahid.
View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to present an e-petition signed by over 40 people. It asks that the Government of Canada recognize the Republic of Somaliland as an autonomous state that may result in foreign investments, direct access of development aid, foreign aid for disaster relief and infrastructure development investment loans.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Now we'll proceed to Statements by Members for a period not exceeding 15 minutes.
Each statement will be for a maximum of one minute. I remind members that if they exceed that time limit, they will be interrupted.
Our first statement goes to Monsieur El-Khoury.
View Fayçal El-Khoury Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Chair, I thank the government for the way it has managed this global crisis and its impact on Canadians. It has acted in a robust, rapid and very effective way.
Our Prime Minister has been awarded the medal of honour, courage and humanity worldwide. Canada is one of the few countries that has acted in the best interests of its citizens and maintained their dignity in these uncertain times.
While addressing Canadians, our right honourable Prime Minister showed us leadership, the importance of transparency, and integrity. He kept us united. His top priority was saving lives, along with finding realistic solutions regarding the economic impact on our daily life. Because of his outstanding leadership, we're admired across the world, which is another distinguished privilege of being Canadian.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll now go to Mr. Epp.
View Dave Epp Profile
COVID-19 has emptied food banks across Canada, even in an agricultural community like Chatham-Kent, so Wes Thompson and James Rasmussen, along with Alysson Storey, Randi Bokor, Maureen Geddes, Chris and Terry Johnston, Jason King, Fannie Vavoulis and Brent Wilken, grew an idea into the community's largest-ever food drive.
Project manager Moréna McDonald estimates that over 3,000 volunteers ended up helping in the May 16 Miracle. Residents put non-perishable foodstuffs on their doorsteps, with drop-off centres organized for rural areas. Volunteer groups travelled predetermined routes while maintaining physical distancing.
The community collected an amazing 678,000 pounds of food. They accidentally exceeded by over 20% the record in the Guinness World Records book for collected food in a single day. Chatham-Kent has restocked their food banks and reaffirmed their community pride. It's an honour to represent such a community.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll now go to Mr. Sarai.
We have a point of order from Mr. d'Entremont.
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
As much as I like seeing my friends on the big screens, there are no big screens yet, so we don't know who's on and who's not on. I was wondering if there was going to be a TV coming up soon here, Mr. Chair.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
There is a technical issue, and it is being worked on. We're working on it as we go through. The other alternative is that we suspend until we fix it. If it's okay, we'll just continue. I think we can all hear the members who are speaking. This is one of the realities of a virtual or hybrid system.
Our next statement will go to Mr. Sarai.
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