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OTTAWA, Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Pursuant to the order of the Senate of April 11, 2020, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met this day by videoconference at 11:32 a.m. [ET], the chair, the Honourable Chantal Petitclerc, presiding. This meeting is considered to have taken place in the parliamentary precinct.

Members of the committee present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Campbell, Dasko, Forest-Niesing, Griffin, Kutcher, Manning, Martin, Mégie, Moodie, Omidvar, Petitclerc, Poirier and Seidman (13).

Other senators present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Bovey, LaBoucane-Benson, Miville-Dechêne, Munson and Pate (5).

Participating in the meeting: Keli Hogan and Joëlle Nadeau, Procedural Clerks, Committees Directorate; Laura Munn-Rivard and Sonya Norris, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament; Ben Silverman, Communications Officer, Communications Directorate.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Saturday, April 11, 2020, the committee continued its study on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WITNESSES (by videoconference):

Canadian Association for Long Term Care:

Jodi Hall, Chair.

As individuals:

Dr. Réjean Hébert, Professor and Geriatrician, School of Public Health, University of Montreal;

Dr. Carole Estabrooks, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta;

Dr. Roger Wong, Clinical Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia.

Canadian Association of Retired Persons:

Marissa Lennox, Chief Policy Officer.


Laura Tamblyn Watts, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The chair made a statement.

Ms. Hall, Dr. Hébert and Dr. Estabrooks made statements and answered questions.

At 1:37 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 3:32 p.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Lennox, Ms. Tamblyn Watts and Dr. Wong made statements and answered questions.

The Honourable Senator Manning moved that the document entitled Follow-up questions to the Canadian Support Workers Association and to Unifor, be filed as an (Exhibit 1140-1.43/SOCI-SS1, 1).

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

It was agreed that the committee proceed in camera to discuss a draft agenda (future business).

At 5:34 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:35 p.m., the committee resumed in camera, pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), to consider a draft agenda (future business).

At 5:53 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Daniel Charbonneau

Clerk of the Committee