I call this meeting to order. Welcome to the eighth meeting of the House of Commons Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today's meeting will, of course, be taking place by video conference.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you are ready to speak, please activate your mike and when you are not speaking, please make sure that your mike is on mute, as it makes it easier for everyone.
I also remind hon. members that, if they wish to speak in English, they must choose the English channel and if they wish to speak in French, they must choose the French channel. If they wish to use both languages, they must change the interpretation channel to correspond to the language they are using.
In addition, I ask hon. members to address their remarks to the Chair. They must speak slowly and clearly at all times in order to help the interpreters. I cannot emphasize that enough. The interpreters work hard: they have to listen to what members are saying and then interpret their words. That is not always easy, especially when members reply to a question quickly or ask a question quickly.
Finally, we strongly recommend that those who are going to speak use a headset. We would be grateful for that. Yesterday, I noticed that almost everyone was wearing a headset and that everyone who spoke was wearing one. Hon. members and the interpreters are grateful to them for that.
We'll now proceed to ministerial announcements. I understand there are no ministerial announcements today. We'll proceed then to the presentation of petitions for a period not exceeding 15 minutes. I would like to remind the honourable members that any petition presented during the meeting of the special committee must have already been certified by the clerk of petitions. Our first petition goes to Mr. Julian.