The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance met this day by videoconference at 1:20 p.m. [ET], the chair, the Honourable Percy Mockler, presiding. This meeting is considered to have taken place in the parliamentary precinct.
Members of the committee present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Boehm, Dagenais, Deacon (Ontario), Duncan, Forest, Galvez, Klyne, Loffreda, Marshall, Mockler, Richards and Smith (12).
In attendance: Andrea Mugny, Procedural Clerk, Committees Directorate; Alex Smith and Shaowei Pu, 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 Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the committee began its examination of the expenditures set out in the Main Estimates and the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.
WITNESSES (by videoconference):
Public Health Agency of Canada:
Carlo Beaudoin, Chief Financial Officer;
Karen McKinnon, Acting Vice-President, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch;
Peter Linkletter, Vice-President, National Emergency Strategic Stockpile;
Kimberly Elmslie, Vice-President, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch.
Edward de Sousa, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer;
Ed Morgan, Director General, Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate;
Megan Bettle, Director General, COVID-19 Regulatory Response Team;
Nancy Hamzawi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Integration, Testing, Contact Tracing and Data Strategies Secretariat;