Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology
Issue No. 42 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 3, 2018
OTTAWA, Thursday, May 3, 2018
The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met this day at 10:31 a.m., in room 2,
Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C., presiding.
Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Campbell, Eggleton, P.C., Galvez, Manning, Mégie,
Munson, Omidvar, Patterson, Petitclerc, Poirier, Raine and Seidman (12).
Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Deacon (1).
In attendance: Shaila Anwar, Deputy Principal Clerk, Victor Senna, Procedural Clerk, Senate Committees
Directorate; Sonya Norris, Marlisa Tiedemann and Havi Echenberg, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and
Research Services, Library of Parliament.
Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.
Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, March 22, 2018, the committee continued its
examination of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the
Criminal Code and other Acts. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No.
Dr. Kenneth Finn, Pain Medicine Physician.
Serviço de Intervenção nos Comportamentos Aditivos e nas Dependências (SICAD - Portugal):
Dr. Manuel Cardoso, Deputy Director-General, General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and
Dependencies (by video conference);
Ana Sofia Santos, Head, International Relations Division (by video conference).
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services:
Dr. Jay Butler, Chief Medical Officer.
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board:
Rick Garza, Director (by video conference).
The chair made a statement.
Dr. Cardoso and Dr. Finn each made a statement and, together with Ms. Santos, answered questions.
At 11:29 a.m., the committee suspended.
At 11:34 a.m., the committee resumed.
Dr. Butler and Mr. Garza each made a statement and answered questions.
At 12:30 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 12:31 p.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)d), the committee resumed in camera to consider a draft report.
Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, December 14, 2017, the committee continued
its study on issues relating to social affairs, science and technology generally. (For complete text of the order of
reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 35.)
It was agreed that senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room for the in camera portion of the meeting.
It was agreed to permit the recording and transcription of the in camera portion of the meeting, that one copy of the
transcript be kept with the clerk for consultation purposes, and that the copy be destroyed at the end of the current
The committee provided drafting instructions to the analysts.
At 12:59 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.
Acting Clerk of the Committee