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THE STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS


OTTAWA, Thursday, June 3, 2021
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[English]

Pursuant to the order of the Senate of March 30, 2021, the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met this day by videoconference at 11:32 a.m. [ET], the chair, the Honourable Peter M. Boehm, presiding. This meeting is considered to have taken place in the parliamentary precinct.

Members of the committee present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Ataullahjan, Black (Alberta), Boehm, Boniface, Coyle, Deacon (Ontario), Greene, Harder, P.C., Housakos, Ngo, Omidvar and Ravalia (12).

Participating in the meeting: Evelyne Côté, Procedural Clerk, and Sébastien Payet, Legislative Clerk, Committees Directorate; Brian Hermon, Analyst, 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 Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the committee began its study of matters relating to foreign or Commonwealth relations generally, as described in rule 12-7(4). Topic: Canada’s international response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

APPEARING (by videoconference):

The Honourable Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Development.

WITNESSES (by videoconference):

Global Affairs Canada:

Leslie MacLean, Deputy Minister, International Development;

Elissa Golberg, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy;

Joshua Tabah, Director General, Health and Nutrition, Global Issues and Development Branch.

Oxfam-Québec:

Denise Byrnes, Director General.

CARE Canada:

Barbara Grantham, President and CEO;

Rebecca Davidson, Head of Programs, Global Health.

Cooperation Canada:

Nicolas Moyer, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The chair made a statement.

The Minister made a statement and answered questions.

Ms. Byrnes, Ms. Grantham and Mr. Moyer each made a statement and, together with Ms. Davidson, answered questions.

At 1:26 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Gaëtane Lemay

Clerk of the Committee