Evidence of meeting #33 for Health in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was suicide.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Dammy Damstrom-Albach  President, Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
  • Jennifer Fodden  Executive Director, Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
  • Denise Batters  As an Individual
  • Brian Mishara  Director, Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia, Université du Québec à Montréal, As an Individual
  • Marnin Heisel  Associate Professor and Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario
  • Clerk of the Committee  Mrs. Mariane Beaudin

10:33 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Could I ask you to please take your seats again?

We have a very timely and important motion before us by Ms. Quach.

Ms. Quach, would you please read it into the record?

10:33 a.m.

NDP

Anne Minh-Thu Quach Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

I move:That the committee undertake a study on improved drug safety measures; that it hold at least five (5) meetings on this study to hear witnesses, including the Minister of Health; and that it report its findings to the House of Commons.

10:33 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Thank you so much.

We're open for discussion.

Dr. Morin is first.

10:33 a.m.

NDP

Dany Morin Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, QC

Madam Chair, I would like to move a friendly amendment. After the words “drug safety measures”, I would like to add “and develop a federal plan to address the current drug shortage”.

10:35 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Dr. Carrie.

10:35 a.m.

Conservative

Colin Carrie Oshawa, ON

Thank you very much, Madam Chair.

I think there has been some discussion between Madame Quach and my assistant and we would like to change it to state something a little bit more specific:

That the committee set three meetings aside after the Bill C-300 study to explain the role of government and industry in determining drug supply in this country, how the provinces and territories determine what drugs are required in their jurisdictions, and how industry responds to them, and the impact this has on stakeholders.

10:35 a.m.

NDP

Dany Morin Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, QC

A point of order.

Given that I have moved an amendment—

10:35 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Dr. Morin, just one moment, please.

Dr. Morin, go ahead.

10:35 a.m.

NDP

Dany Morin Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, QC

Given that I already have an amendment on the table, shouldn't we discuss my amendment before we move to Dr. Carrie's?

10:35 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

The procedure is that we get everything on the table, and yours will be dealt with first, of course. You should know by now that that is the procedure. I know you're new, but not that new.

Okay, let's deal with yours first.

The clerk would like it in writing. Do you have it in writing, Dr. Morin?

Can we read Dr. Morin's out first, just so everyone is aware? Thank you. And you have Dr. Carrie's.

So we'll deal with Dr. Morin's first. Can you read it out, Dr. Morin? Is this your only copy?

Okay. The clerk will try then.

March 8th, 2012 / 10:35 a.m.

The Clerk of the Committee Mrs. Mariane Beaudin

Tell me if I am incorrect. So it would read:

That the committee undertake a study on improved drug safety measures and develop a federal plan to address the current drug shortage; that it hold at least five (5) meetings on this study to hear witnesses, including the Minister of Health; and that it report its findings to the House of Commons.

Is that right?

10:35 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Thank you.

Discussion? Madam Quach, go ahead.

10:35 a.m.

NDP

Anne Minh-Thu Quach Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Thank you.

I accept my colleague Dany Morin's friendly amendment. I feel that it is very important, given that we have been asking the government, specifically the Minister of Health, questions in the House about a plan to address the drug shortage.

I am sure you must know that Sandoz Canada, located in Boucherville, Quebec, is reducing its production at the moment. We know that, in mid-February, the United States Food and Drug Administration contacted Sandoz Canada and told them that they were not complying with quality standards for the drugs and that improvements had to be made in its production chain. The company agreed to make them. Then there was a fire. Since Sandoz Canada is the main supplier of medications to Quebec, specifically for surgery and for injections, more than 60% of the surgeries in two hospitals, those in Hull and Gatineau, were cancelled. In addition, a number of patients have to wait to have their treatments and to get their medications because of the impeding shortage.

At the moment, there is no plan to help those people. The minister said that she was going to import drugs. While we are waiting, we need a plan. It is very important that there be a plan—

10:35 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Ms. Quach, I don't mean to interrupt you, but if we want to get the motion through—it's a very important motion. If everyone is going to have a 15-minute speech, we will run out of time. We've got about six minutes.

10:35 a.m.

NDP

Dany Morin Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, QC

A point of order.