I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 13 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health. Pursuant to the order of reference of Tuesday, March 24, and Saturday, April 11, the committee is meeting for the purpose of receiving evidence concerning matters related to the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today's meeting is taking place entirely by video conference, and the proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website.
As at the last meeting, the webcast will always show the person speaking rather than the entirety of the committee.
In order to facilitate the work of our interpreters and ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules to be followed.
Interpretation in this video conference will work very much as it does in a regular committee meeting. You have the choice at the bottom of your screen of either “Floor”, “English” or “French”. When I say the “bottom of the screen”, that's for those using a PC computer. For people using an iPad or something else, your experience will vary slightly.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you are ready to speak, you can either click on the microphone icon to activate your microphone or you can hold down your space bar while you are speaking. When you release the space bar, your microphone will mute itself.
I remind everyone that all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair. Should members need to address the floor outside of their designated time for questions, they should activate their microphone and state that they have a point of order.
If a member wishes to intervene on a point of order that has been raised by another member, they should use the “raised hand” function. This will signal to the chair that you are interested in speaking. In order to do so, you should click on "participants" at the bottom of the screen, and when the list pops up, you will see next to your name that you can click “raise hand”.
When speaking, speak slowly and clearly, and when you are not speaking, your microphone should be on mute. The use of headsets is strongly encouraged. If you have a microphone on your headset that hangs down, please make sure it is not rubbing on your shirt during your questioning time.
Should any technical challenges arise—for example, in relation to interpretation or if you are accidentally disconnected—please advise the chair or clerk immediately, and the technical team will work to resolve that. Please note that we may need to suspend during these times, as we need to ensure that all members are able to participate fully.
Before we get started, can everyone click on the screen in the top right-hand corner if you're on a PC and ensure you are on "gallery view"? With this view, you should be able to see all the participants on a grid view, and it will ensure that all video participants can see one another.
During this meeting we will follow the same rules that usually apply to opening statements and the questioning of witnesses during our regular meetings. Each witness will have 10 minutes for an opening statement, followed by the usual rounds of questions by members.
I would like to now welcome our witnesses. As an individual, we have Dr. Joanne Liu—