I will be chairing the meeting because the two joint chairs decided amongst ourselves that we're going to do alternate meetings. This is my meeting today.
Good evening, everyone.
Welcome to the public portion of this meeting of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying.
Welcome to the members of the committee, to the witnesses and to everyone watching us online.
My name is Hedy Fry. I am the joint House of Commons chair of this committee between the House of Commons and the Senate.
Today, we're starting our examination of the statutory review of the provisions of the Criminal Code relating to medical assistance in dying and their application.
Before we begin, I would remind members and witnesses to keep their microphones muted at all times unless recognized by name by the chair.
With that, I welcome our witnesses from the Department of Health and the Department of Justice.
From the Department of Health, we have Ms. Abby Hoffman.
Abby, it's so good to see you again. I haven't seen you for ages.
Also from the Department of Health, we have Jacquie Lemaire, senior policy adviser for the strategic policy branch. From the Department of Justice, we have Joanne Klineberg, acting general counsel in the criminal law policy section, policy sector; and Caroline Quesnel, counsel, also in the criminal law policy section.
We will now begin with opening remarks of five minutes. To the witnesses, I just want to ensure that you know you have five minutes, and I'm going to have to cut you off brutally at five minutes. Following that, we will have questions and answers by the committee.
Thank you for joining us. We will start with opening remarks by Ms. Hoffman, and then Ms. Klineberg.
Ms. Hoffman, please begin.