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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to the 12th meeting of the House of Commons Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This will be the first hybrid meeting of the committee. Some members will be participating via videoconference and some will be participating in person. This follows the order made by the House on May 26, 2020.
Members who have already participated in a virtual meeting of the special committee may actually not notice any change, except for the fact that some members are also participating from the floor of the House.
An additional rubric, that of statements by members, was also added to the proceedings of the committee.
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 in the chamber on either side of the Speaker’s chair. Sound amplification for virtual interventions will be available, and members in the chamber can listen to the floor sound or interpretation using the earpieces on their desks.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. Please also direct your remarks through the Chair. Thank you.
For those of you 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 videoconference need to request the floor outside their designated speaking times, they should activate their microphone and state that they have a point of order. Those in the chamber can simply 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.
Next we'll move on to ministerial announcements.
I understand that there are no ministerial announcements today, so we'll move on to petitions.
We'll be presenting 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 they please come and drop the signed certificates off at the table once the petitions are presented.
First on our list for presenting petitions is Ms. May, who is joining us virtually.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The next petition will be presented by Mr. Genuis.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Is anyone else presenting petitions?
Seeing none, we'll move on to statements by members.
We will now proceed to Statements by Members for a period not exceeding 15 minutes. Each statement will be for one minute. The first will be from Mr. Samson.
Mr. Samson, you have the floor.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Next we'll go to Mr. Bezan.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Next we'll go to Mr. Anandasangaree.
View Gary Anandasangaree Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, I speak today with a very heavy heart. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we've seen a disproportionate number of deaths in long-term care homes.
I'm thankful for the Canadian Armed Forces who were deployed to the Altamont care home in my riding and four other facilities across the GTA. The CAF have brought forward horrifying allegations in the operation of these homes. They include residents being given expired or improper doses of medication; not being cleaned or changed for a prolonged period of time; being forcibly fed, causing choking; being bed-bound for weeks; receiving inadequate nutrition, and much more.
Mr. Chair, I call upon Premier Ford to place these five homes under a mandatory management order and to appoint a third party manager to address and rectify these violations. I also call upon the Premier to undertake an independent public inquiry into the tragedy we face in long-term care facilities across Ontario. Finally, Mr. Chair, we need to work with the provinces and territories to set national standards of care for the most vulnerable in our society. We can and must do better.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We have a point of order.
Go ahead, Ms. May.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I will remind honourable members that when a petition is presented, we're expected to give a précis and make it as concise as possible. Thank you.
Mr. Champoux, you have the floor.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll now go to Ms. Sidhu.
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, this week is National Paramedic Services Week. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Peel region police, paramedic and firefighting services for keeping Bramptonians safe.
In my riding, organizations have stepped up to help our community. Organizations such as the Khalsa Aid Society, the Interfaith Council of Peel, the Brampton YMCA, the Prayer Stone Peoples Church, Unity in the Community, Ste. Louise Outreach Centre, Knights Table, the Yogi Divine Society, Vraj Community Service, Regeneration Brampton and many more have made our community stronger during this difficult time.
I also have to address the report that came out yesterday from our brave Canadian Armed Forces. Like many Canadians, I was shocked by this report from the long-term care centres, including one in my riding. The examples of abuse described in the report are unacceptable. Our seniors deserve dignity and respect.
We must find a solution. We need to fix this.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We'll now go to Mrs. Stubbs.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Ms. Bessette, the floor is yours.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
We will go to Mr. Virani.
View Arif Virani Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, during the COVID-19 pandemic I have been inspired by the courageous work of so many essential workers. I want to thank everyone on the front lines for keeping us safe, keeping us fed and keeping our communities functioning.
I want to make special note of one particular essential health care worker, a woman who is a quarantine manager with the Public Health Agency of Canada. I have personally seen her working tirelessly over the past three months to keep all of us safe. That woman is my wife, Suchita Jain.
Suchi, I love you, I am very proud of you and I thank you for all of the sacrifices you are making.
I want to highlight another woman from my riding of Parkdale—High Park, Rachelle LeBlanc. She is a local designer. When the pandemic broke, she saw the need for protective barriers for small shops in Parkdale, so she set about collecting donations. She then put her design talents to work and started designing free-standing protective shields. Rachelle's team has now delivered 25 free COVID protective shields to small shopkeepers in Parkdale, and the team is on track to building 100 more. It's the compassion of Canadians like Rachelle that gives meaning to the phrase “we are all in this together”.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Godin, you have the floor.
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