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View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
That seems like a strange decision to make, because I had a lot to say, but you're the chair.
First off, I can't believe how fast this committee is studying this matter. This is just, to me, unbelievable that you're racing.... It was interesting to hear the witnesses, every one of them, having to be cautioned against going too fast because they all had so much to say, and for some reason we're racing against time on one of the most complex issues that I've seen in my 15 years as a member of Parliament.
Listening to Ms. Herx's story about Candice was just heartbreaking. I have a 25-year-old son with autism, and I'm trying to get an understanding.... I had some questions, and it's not possible to get an answer in two minutes. I was expecting to have more time for asking how someone with a developmental disability would even indicate...what the criteria would be for their capacity to indicate their willingness to choose medical assistance in dying.
Rarely do I see unanimity in the disability sector, but there's almost unanimity about the fact that this is moving ahead way too fast and that there are way too few protections for people with disabilities.
In the 40 seconds that are left in my time, maybe somebody could give a comprehensive answer to that. Maybe Ms. Herx could give a comprehensive answer to that, because that's how long we have to study something this important.
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
That's completely insane—
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
I believe I only took a minute and a half, and then the witness gave up the other 30 seconds.
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
My question to Ms. Herx stands.
What would be the criteria for someone with a developmental disability to determine capacity for them to indicate that they want medical assistance in dying?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Ms. Gupta, the disability community, and many in the developmental disability community specifically, have raised significant concerns about this issue, the fact that these changes are being made very quickly and that there are very few protections for people with developmental disabilities.
Do you think that those concerns are valid?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you. It's a pleasure to be a guest here.
I wasn't going to weigh in. I was listening intently, and after listening to Mr. Gerretsen and Mr. Badawey, I had to, as they spoke in hushed tones, very serious tones about Parliament properly doing its work and about accountability and transparency. I know my constituents would be astonished if I didn't weigh in on their behalf, because it is unbelievably ironic to hear those words being used in the discussion we're having here today.
Of particular interest to me was Mr. Badawey's assertion that we should all be rowing in the same direction. How unbelievable that statement is, given that about eight weeks ago the Liberals not only stopped rowing but threw all the oars out of the boat so none of us could row either. It's absolutely astonishing to hear that being said in the middle of a global pandemic in order to avoid accountability and transparency, to use Mr. Badawey's words, to stop Parliament from functioning properly. “Properly” again being M. Badawey's words.
They shut down Parliament so that the COVID committee, for example, couldn't function and hear from expert witnesses from across the country on best measures that we could take as a country to address a global pandemic.
We're in a situation where, by the time this is over, we're probably going to be spending as much money or run up as much debt in months, maybe in a year, as we ran up in over 150 years of Confederation. Canadians expect that Parliament will sit and parliamentarians will hold the government to account, and in a minority Parliament, if anything, the government should be working with parliamentarians from all sides to get the best results for Canadians.
I had to weigh in. When I put my hand up at first, I think it was before Mr. Badawey even said the things he said. It was in response to Mr. Gerretsen, who made the comment that opposition members, particularly Conservatives, haven't moved legislation or bills or motions to better the lives of Canadians.
In the spring of 2017, the one time I had the opportunity to move an opposition day motion, I remember working with members of the New Democratic Party, the Bloc and the Green Party, members from all sides of the House, to come up with a motion that I thought was the biggest no-brainer. In fact, I reached out to Liberals. Between a dozen and two dozen Liberals told me they would support my motion on a Canadian autism partnership. Talk about something that should be as easy to support as just about anything.
I put forward the motion. First of all, an expert committee put forward a proposal to government for a budget. It got rejected in the budget. Then we brought forward an opposition day motion to further the issue. New Democrats and Conservatives don't always agree, but on this point, we were in full agreement. At the end of the day, when it came time to stand up and vote, every Conservative, New Democrat and Green Party member voted in favour. Do you know who didn't vote in favour? Not one member of the Liberal Party voted in favour because they were whipped to vote against it.
I'm looking at all of you. Mr. Fragiskatos, Mr. Easter, Mr. Gerretsen, Mr. Badawey, Mr. Fraser, you voted against it. All five of you voted against it.
To hear Mr. Gerretsen give the lecture that he gave here earlier, a lecture that was born out of a situation where he has to waste as much of the committee's time as he can because he wants to avoid losing a vote that he's almost certainly going to lose eventually, to hear him make the points he made, I just couldn't stay silent.
On behalf of my constituents, on behalf of stakeholders whom I work with across the country, I had to weigh in. I will now, I assume, cede the floor so that we can listen to hours upon hours of Liberals standing up one after the other to lecture us in the way that they've been lecturing us for hours upon hours already.
With that, I hope, maybe hope against hope, that at some point we can come to a little bit of common sense and understanding and come to a vote.
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My questions are for the Minister of Health.
I'll start by asking, what is the current public health advice on the safe distance for members of the public to be apart from one another?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
There wasn't a number mentioned there, and it wasn't the fault of the minister who answered the question.
In the House of Commons right now, approximately how many members are there, in the building?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
I hope this isn't going against my time, as there seems to be some confusion. I'm asking the Minister of Health because I thought she would be here today.
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Unfortunately, right now I don't get to ask my whip questions. Maybe after the next election I will.
Is that number of members considered safe?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
I do not, actually.
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
I'm moving a little closer to the mike.
It's a significantly restricted committee meeting, as everyone knows, and the restrictions are almost entirely applied to opposition members.
If we were to work together to find agreement for the very same members to sit in the very same seats under regular parliamentary rules, would we be safe according to the best available advice?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
That's perfect.
In my understanding, the only meaningful difference between the way people are sitting there right now and sitting as a regular Parliament with full parliamentary functions would be the the location of the Chair.
Is there any scientific evidence that suggests that it's safer for the Chair to be sitting on the floor of the House of Commons at that table, rather than a few feet back in his or her chair?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
I'll point out that the opposition does not have the same opportunities on opposition days, because there are none right now. Also, they have no ability to move private members' business legislation because there is no opportunity right now.
Does the evidence from Canadian health experts indicate that it's safe for members of Parliament to be in the House of Commons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but unsafe for members of Parliament to be in the House of Commons on Fridays?
View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, I will ask the whip how many opposition days the opposition has in this arrangement that was passed by the Liberals and the NDP.
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