Evidence of meeting #35 for Health in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was amendments.

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March 15th, 2012 / 10:10 a.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Thank you, Chairperson.

First of all, I certainly appreciate, and I think we all appreciate, the work that Mr. Albrecht did in bringing forward this bill. It is an important bill.

The witnesses we heard were really good. Some of them spoke from their own personal experiences, and others were very involved in front-line services. I feel pretty bad that all of the amendments got shot down, but that's the new reality. We understand that.

One thing we can do—because this bill is going to pass and go back to the House, and I'm sure then go on to the Senate—is we can all commit that we will follow this bill. Especially when the Mental Health Commission will be coming out with its report, that's something I want to commit to.

With this bill now going forward, we have to continue this work. I think it has been flagged for all of us.

This is an issue that was not talked about much in Parliament, and now it is being talked about. That's good. We're taking small steps. If we can follow up on this work with the bill and monitor what the Mental Health Commission is doing, then I think we will have made some progress.

I hope we'll focus on that and there will be a commitment from everybody to do that. We don't know who will be on the health committee in a year or so—changes happen—but we'll talk to our colleagues. I think we have to make sure we really do follow through and we don't let this issue go.

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Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Dr. Carrie.

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Conservative

Colin Carrie Oshawa, ON

Thank you very much, Madam Chair.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Albrecht and all the witnesses for helping put together a strong federal bill that can be implemented promptly. I know Mr. Albrecht did consult with stakeholders exhaustively before drafting this bill. He worked to make sure this was a strong federal bill. It respects provincial jurisdiction. It doesn't require more spending on royal assent, and it is not duplicative.

I want to thank him for putting forth such a strong federal bill. I'm happy to support it.

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Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Thank you.

Dr. Morin.

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NDP

Dany Morin Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, QC

I simply wanted to say that, when I referred to showing a piece of paper to the voters, I was not referring to Mr. Albrecht, but rather the whole Conservative government.

I sincerely think that the lack of openness of the Standing Committee on Health, formed on last May 2, can be attributed to an instruction from the Conservative government to systematically refuse all amendments moved by the opposition.

In contrast, when Mr. Albrecht appeared before the committee, I told him it was a good bill — as Dr. Fry also said — that could have been improved by the members of the Standing Committee on Health. I hope that the Senate will have better luck at making amendments, but I doubt it, with this attitude of the Conservative government.

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Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Thank you.

We have to vote on NDP-12. A recorded vote.

(Amendment negatived: nays 6; yeas 5)

(Clause 4 agreed to)

Shall the preamble carry?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Shall clause 1 carry?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Shall the title carry?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Shall I report the bill to the House, which will be on the Monday after break?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Conservative

The Chair Joy Smith

Thank you, committee.

I'm very pleased, as Ms. Davies said, that this is really the first time this has been put forward in committee. I'm very proud of what Mr. Albrecht has done with his research. It's a very good bill.

Thank you.

The meeting is adjourned.