I call the meeting to order.
Welcome to the third meeting of the House of Commons Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Pursuant to the order of reference of Monday, April 20, the committee is meeting for the purposes of considering ministerial announcements, allowing members to present petitions, and questioning ministers of the crown, including the Prime Minister, in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I understand there's an agreement to observe a moment of silence in memory of the six members of the Canadian Armed Forces who lost their lives last Wednesday in a helicopter crash off the coast of Greece.
[A moment of silence observed]
We'll return to order.
Colleagues, we meet today to continue our discussion about how our country is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we do, Canadians, like everyone around the world, are doing their best to live their lives until things improve.
Meanwhile, as we look towards the future, I believe that it is also important to remember our past and to continue to mark the important moments in our shared history.
At this very moment, the Dominion Carillonneur, Dr. Andrea McCrady, is performing a special recital to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadian Forces. In May 1945, Canadian Forces played a major role in liberating the Dutch people from Nazi occupation. May 5 is now a national holiday in the Netherlands that commemorates the event and the great friendship that now exists between our two countries.
Today's meeting is taking place by video conference. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website. Please be aware that the webcast will always show the person speaking rather than the entire committee.
Let me remind you that, as in the House or in committee, members may not take photographs of their colleagues or film the proceedings.
In order to facilitate the work of our interpreters and ensure orderly meetings, I will outline a few rules.
Interpretation of this video conference will be done as it is at normal committee meetings and in the House. At the bottom of your screen, you can choose floor, English or French. As you have seen, I change as I am speaking.
I have now switched over to English in order to speak English. If you look at the bottom, you have a little flag that indicates whether it's English or French, and that's how we will be speaking. It makes it easier. That was where we had a little bit of a glitch in the last session.
I understand that there are no statements by ministers.
We can now proceed to presenting petitions for a period not exceeding 15 minutes.
I would like to remind members that petitions presented during a meeting of the special committee must already have been certified by the clerk of petitions.
In addition, to ensure that the petition is considered to have been properly presented, the certificate of the petition and each page of the petition for petitions certified in a previous Parliament should be emailed to the committee no later than 6 p.m. on the day before the committee.
I thank all the members for their usual co-operation.
Thank you all.
Now we'll proceed to presenting petitions.
Our first petition comes from the honourable member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, Mr. Genuis.