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Public Accounts committee  Mr. Chair, maybe this is bumping up against the one that's in my technical understanding. I think, for us, it's less that it's all being bought in Ottawa—and I'm not quite sure that's the case—but it's more that the change we've made has forced a measure of standardization. It's

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Public Accounts committee  It's kind of centralized. The forms they're using, the fields, and the system and kinds of the process they follow are the same. I don't want to give the impression that we're all running it out of—

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Public Accounts committee  To answer this question, maybe I could harken back to comments from the Auditor General and those of my colleague, Ian Shugart, around the culture and financial reporting, and the way that program managers can be oriented. That's very relevant for my organization. Health Canada

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Public Accounts committee  We have a plan in place regarding cybersecurity in our department. I can give you an example. It's popular now to use USB keys on computers to share files. We insist that that type of technology be encrypted, which makes it impossible to use without a code. Now it is practically

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Public Accounts committee  I'll just start by indicating that we agree with the Auditor General's finding. We're working to put that in place and to have regular updates to the management table about the progress we're making. Just to give you a little bit of context—and not to take away from the finding

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Public Accounts committee  Thanks, Mr. Chair. Good morning, Mr. Chair. My name is Simon Kennedy and I am the Deputy Minister of Health Canada. Thank you for inviting Health Canada today to discuss the 2017 audit of the Office of the Auditor General on the management of fraud risk, and to provide us with

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  Our suggestion, from conferring with colleagues, is that there's a lot of material. Certainly in my area we could do this in two weeks, I think, fairly easily. Dr. Mithani was saying that there may be some data that might take a little longer to get. We could commit to trying t

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  There's a lot of work on opioids under way in the health portfolio right now. I could give you a catalogue of the areas that we're working on, the priorities. With regard to the money in the budget, the government has not to date come out and publicly said this is the specific b

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  I have one more example, and I think it's powerful. We have been working with an expert panel over the last number of months, and one of the things we're looking at is the monographs for all opioid drugs right now. As you would know, these are the labels that effectively tell pra

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  I wouldn't want to prejudge what we may advise the minister for the next budget round and so on. We think that the resources that have been provided are substantial and are going to be very helpful in our ability to advance the priorities that the government set out. This is a t

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  That's the conversation we're having right now with the provinces and territories. In the announcement the government made as it reached funding agreements with each province and territory you would have seen, perhaps, a discussion about how the next step is to sit down and—this

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  What I can say is that to date, frankly, there has been very good collaboration with the provinces and territories. I can speak only as an official, but at the level of deputy minister and senior officials, there have been lots of conversations over the last 14 or 15 months. Inde

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  I think so. Yes. Obviously, there is more water to go under the bridge, but we've had great discussions to date. I think every signal was that the provinces and territories were anxious to get moving.

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  There are the announcements that have been made jointly with the various provinces and territories on the funding issue, which is an agreement on the funding levels. We are now working on what you might call the documents related to the content. For example, just to take things

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy

Health committee  None have been yet, and that's been a function of the discussions that have been ongoing about the money, leading up to the budget. We've been waiting until the budget step was done. We're now actively going back and having that conversation.

April 6th, 2017Committee meeting

Simon Kennedy