Good evening. I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number seven of the House of Commons Special Committee on Afghanistan, created pursuant to the House order of December 8, 2021.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of November 25, 2021. I would like to remind all those present in the room to please follow the recommendations from the public health authorities, as well as the directive of the Board of Internal Economy on October 19, 2021, to remain healthy and safe.
Should any technical challenges arise, please advise me, as we may need to suspend for a few minutes to ensure that all members are able to participate fully. Our witnesses should be aware that translation in English or French is available through the globe icon at the bottom of their screens. Please select it now, so that it's easier for members later on.
Before we begin, I want to flag a change in schedule to the honourable members. Unfortunately, the Minister of International Development, the honourable Harjit Sajjan, is not available on April 11, as we had reported. He's available to appear on April 4, along with the departmental officials.
Also, the Minister of National Defence is unable to appear before the committee on April 4, as proposed in the work plan, but is available to appear on May 9. The minister would appear for the first hour, with the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces officials appearing for the full two hours.
If everyone is in agreement, the clerk can confirm this with the minister's office. Do any of the members have any objection? I see none.
Madam Clerk, I respectfully ask that you follow up with the ministers. Thank you.
Now, on behalf of all committee members, I would like to welcome our witnesses for our first panel. This evening, we have Alison MacLean and Djawid Taheri. From the Tenth Church refugee ministry, we have Katherine Moloney, a representative for Afghan families.
Welcome to each of you. You will have five minutes for opening remarks. Please make sure that you respect the time, so the members can have their time.
It is my understanding that Ms. MacLean has a video. That will be part of your five minutes, Ms. MacLean.
Now let's start with Ms. MacLean. Go ahead for five minutes, if you're ready.