Social Affairs, Science and Technology – November 5, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Social Affairs, Science and Technology – November 5, 2014

The committee begins its pre-study of the federal government’s budget implementation bill. The committee is one of six Senate committees that have been separately authorized to examine particular elements of Bill C-43.
Senators first deal with Division 17 of Part 4. This measure would amend the DNA Identification Act to create five new DNA-based indices. The intent of the amendments is to provide new national tools to resolve cases of missing persons and unidentified human remains and to assist in ongoing investigations. Senior Public Safety official Trevor Bhupsingh, RCMP Assistant Commissioner François Bidal, RCMP official Ron Fourney, and federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien testify during this portion of the meeting.
Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Dr. Gregory Taylor, Canada’s chief public health officer, then present opposing views on the division to create the position of president as deputy head of the Public Health Agency of Canada. (November 5, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-43 received royal assent on December 16.