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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 38
Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 9:33 p.m.
René Arseneault, Joint Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Dana Phillips, Analyst
• Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst
Canadian Psychiatric Association
• Dr. Alison Freeland, Chair of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of MAID Working Group
The Canadian Bar Association
• Shelley Birenbaum, Chair, End of Life Working Group
As an individual
• Dr. Mona Gupta, Psychiatrist and Researcher, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec
• Dr. Claire Gamache, Psychiatrist
Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
• Dr. Douglas Grant, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to the orders of reference from the House of Commons on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, and from Senate on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, the committee commenced its study of the follow-up on recommendation 13 of the second report of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying.

Alison Freeland and Shelley Birenbaum made statements and answered questions.

At 7:31 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 7:38 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Mona Gupta, Douglas Grant and Claire Lamarche made statements and answered questions.

At 8:15 p.m., René Arseneault took the Chair.

At 8:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 8:36 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

It was agreed, — That the committee increase the number of witnesses allowed to testify at each panel from 2 to 3.

It was agreed, — That relevant evidence from the previous study of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying which pertains to the issue of MAID-MD SUMC be made available for the committee’s final report.

It was agreed, — That, the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying issue a call for briefs of no more than 1,000 words regarding the degree of preparedness attained for a safe and adequate application of MAID in cases where mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition. Briefs must be submitted to the committee no later than Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. All text contained in the submission, including but not limited to graphs, quotes, images and footnotes, count towards the 1,000 words limit. It was agreed that his message be posted on the committee’s webpage.

At 9:33 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Angus Wilson,
Jean-François Lafleur
Clerks of the committee