Evidence of meeting #37 for Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was care.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • John Haggie  President, Canadian Medical Association
  • Nick Busing  President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
  • Michael Brennan  Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Claudia von Zweck  Executive Director, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

I call the meeting to order.

As you know, of course, there are bells, so we will suspend after we deal with this motion. Then we'll come back and deal with the presentations. But there are bells ringing, so we'll have to go for the vote.

With respect to the motion, Mr. McColeman, go ahead.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Phil McColeman Brant, ON

I'm happy to present the motion for the committee to consider. The motion reads that the committee examine the main estimates and invite the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development to appear concurrently on the main estimates, along with departmental officials, during the scheduled meeting of May 30, 2012, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Just in explanation, I believe we have each minister for one hour of the meeting.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

Okay.

Do you have a question, Ms. Charlton?

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Chris Charlton Hamilton Mountain, ON

Your motion said “concurrently”. I assume that both of them would be here from 3:30 to 5:30.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Phil McColeman Brant, ON

Yes.

3:30 p.m.

A voice

They will both be here.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Phil McColeman Brant, ON

They will both be here for—

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

Yes, that—

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Chris Charlton Hamilton Mountain, ON

And we can ask questions of either for the two hours, right?

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Phil McColeman Brant, ON

Yes.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

Yes, that seems to be the way the motion is—

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Chris Charlton Hamilton Mountain, ON

Okay. I'm sorry. I thought when you explained it you said one for an hour, one for the other—

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Phil McColeman Brant, ON

I'm sorry about that.

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Chris Charlton Hamilton Mountain, ON

Okay.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

It's two ministers for the two hours concurrently. You can ask questions as you see fit during the two hours. It's pretty much along the lines that you and Mr. Cuzner wish to have it. I don't think we need a lot of discussion on that motion. All those in favour?

(Motion agreed to)

The motion is carried, so we'll expect those arrangements to be made.

I might just indicate to the witnesses that we would have liked to hear from you, but what we will do is suspend until the vote is taken, and then we'll come back, so if you can remain here, we'd appreciate it.

There's another set of witnesses. We'll probably add them to the witness table and have them presenting as well, and then just do one set of questioning back and forth.

Are there any questions flowing from any of that?

Yes?