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NDP (ON)
You will notice that other committees had to work in the word “collaboration”.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
I have a quick question on that, Madam Chair.
Is that different from ours? I think it might be. This is coming from the overall process. Is it the same or is it a little different?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
No, I think it's reasonable, Madam Chair. Sometimes we've gone in this direction before, so I support formalizing it to ease the transition.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Chair, I can't hear the translation,
I'm sorry to interrupt, Sébastien.
I'm having a hard time. I don't know whether it's just me, but I cannot hear the translation. It's very difficult.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Madam Chair, I have a couple things to inquire about concerning timelines, our meetings and availability in the House.
We have estimates in front of us as well. We've received some appointments and also a report from the parliamentary budget officer that might require some scheduling. Then we have our previous business to discuss.
I don't know if you have a plan for that. I would move a motion that all previous work of the committee be adopted and returned.
This way we could, number one, table our fraud report, and number two, bring back any of the evidence and testimony we had with the previous studies under COVID-19 that might be relevant for any subsequent work.
If that's in order, I would move that to start with, because I'm concerned with some timelines of reporting back to the House and availability of meeting space.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
The simple one is the fraud one that we had, which was basically ready to go out the gate, so to speak. I'll leave that aside and thank members for that.
The other one would be with regard to COVID-19. I think we were in discussions on that and in getting something more concrete, so I would entertain that as the next priority.
I'm open to the other work we've done. We can have further discussions on it, but with respect, it would be the COVID-19 work that we were almost getting completed on.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
I consider that a friendly amendment. The only thing on which I might give clarification is that I was just worried that none of that could be discussed in the subcommittee if it wasn't actually formally adopted in this group.
I agree with what you're suggesting and how to get there. The only thing I was concerned about is whether we had to formally somehow adopt that work for it to be relevant in the subcommittee.
I don't know. I don't think I've ever been down that road before.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Sorry, Madam Chair, but as just a point of clarification so we might avoid a vote, it is a friendly amendment. That's why I appreciate what Earl said, but it is friendly. The main motion is just, let's deal with fraud, and that's it. Then I think it's just one vote.
Earl's sentiment has been expressed. That was really what I was trying to get to. I think we all agree that this work and the way he expressed it is where we want to get to.
I don't know if that makes sense, because again, as I just mentioned, the amendment by Mr. Erskine-Smith is friendly.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you to you, Madam Chair, and to all the members and researchers for all their hard work on this. It's much appreciated.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
I have a quick one on scheduling, Madam Chair.
If we are going to have the ministers before the estimates, I believe they'll have to appear before the committee one week before we have to put that to the House of Commons. With those dates, we're already running into the November dates. Maybe the parliamentary secretary could start to broach the subject, because we'll probably only have one or two available time slots for three ministers.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Madam Chair, I would ask if we could maybe quickly deal with this through unanimous consent. I have a small amendment but I think we could get this motion passed.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
I think though that you can ask for unanimous consent to deal with the motion, and if we're granted that, then we can proceed quickly to that. I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain that was the case for procedure unless it's different this time.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
We can't request a vote for that? This is time-sensitive and I'm kind of perplexed as to why we would show inflexibility, especially given the circumstances we have and what's presented to Canadians. I just hope, perhaps, we can rethink that. I would be willing to give up some of my time to deal with it. It's that critical.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
With regard to the start of the meeting, I want it to be clear that the NDP supports this excellent motion that was presented for us to consider in future business. I want to make a small amendment. Just so people know where we're coming from, I will let you know that we would add third party sellers on the Amazon marketplace, or those formally on it, and consumer organizations. Being from Windsor, I watch the United States very carefully. U.S. lawmakers have been going after a number of issues related to Amazon. I'm simply tired of Canada being treated as a colony by some of these organizations. This is an opportunity that we should take. I'm sorry we missed it this time, but I'm looking forward to that.
With that, Madam Chair, I will turn to our excellent witness panel here.
Mr. Ratto, you gave a great example of the production of real goods and services from the university that get to our streets. I thought that was excellent. Where I'm from, the University of Windsor has been doing that in a variety of ways, everything from the automotive sector to a whole series of science and health products and so forth that were, before COVID-19, a part of our culture here.
I do want you to maybe mention or at least highlight some of the patent barriers you might have and some of the intellectual property barriers you might have. This committee has studied some of those in the past. Perhaps you can shine a light on how those things can be altered, especially during emergencies, or how they can be refined for more open research to help these types of initiatives, which you should be, and I'm sure you are, quite proud of.
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