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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting No. 25

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in camera at 9:15 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Andy Scott, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Carole-Marie Allard, Michel Bellehumeur, Bill Blaikie, Paul DeVillers, Ivan Grose, Peter MacKay, John McKay, Lynn Myers, Stephen Owen, Denis Paradis, Andy Scott, Kevin Sorenson, Vic Toews.

Acting Members present: Garry Breitkreuz for Chuck Cadman, Brian Fitzpatrick for Myron Thompson.

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Gérald Lafrenière, researcher; Philip Rosen, senior analyst.

Witnesses: From the Canadian Shooting Sports Association: Larry Whitmore, Executive Manager; Tony Bernardo, Executive Director, Canadian Institute for Legislative Action. From the User Group on Firearms: Steve Torino, President. From the "Fondation des victimes du 6 décembre contre la violence": David Singleton, Coordinator, Montreal Assault Prevention Centre; Amélie Baillargeon, Representative, « Comité d'action femmes et sécurité urbaine ». From the National Firearms Association: David A. Tomlinson, Legal Chairman; Wally Butts, National Vice President, Communications. From the Coalition for Gun Control: Wendy Cukier, President; Arn Snyder, Spokesperson, Criminal Justice Association. From the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters: Tony Rodgers, Executive Director. From the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters: Gordon Gallant, Firearms Specialist; Peter Danson, Counsel.

Pursuant to its Order of Reference of Monday, March 19, 2001, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to amend other Acts (See Minutes of Proceedings, Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Meeting No. 22).

With unanimous consent, Mr. Sorenson withdrew his motion for the invitation of the Solicitor General and Commissioner of the RCMP with the understanding that they would be invited to appear as witnesses on Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Official Secrets Act, the Canada Evidence Act, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act and other Acts, and to enact measures respecting the registration of charities in order to combat terrorism.

 

It was agreed, that the Committee would hear witnesses on Bill C-15B, An Act to amend the criminal Code (Cruelty to Animals and Firearms) and the Firearms Act, on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

 

It was agreed, that the Committee would hear witnesses on Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Official Secrets Act, the Canada Evidence Act, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act and other Acts, and to enact measures respecting the registration of charities in order to combat terrorism on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 1 p.m., Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 (with consultations with the House Leaders’ offices on witnesses), Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

It was agreed, that the Committee members would sent their suggested witnesses to the Clerk on Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Official Secrets Act, the Canada Evidence Act, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act and other Acts, and to enact measures respecting the registration of charities in order to combat terrorism.

 

It was agreed, that the Committee would hear witnesses on the Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, on Thursday morning between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. subject to cancellation if Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Official Secrets Act, the Canada Evidence Act, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act and other Acts, and to enact measures respecting the registration of charities in order to combat terrorism is sent to Committee on Wednesday.

It was agreed, that Mr. Paradis be mandated to approach the Whips office concerning an invitation from the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, U.S. House of Representatives to attend a field hearing at the Highgate Springs, Vermont and Champlain, New York border crossing on October 28 and 29, 2001.

 

The Committee acknowledged the following items in their work plan: Bill C-30, An Act to establish a body that provides administrative services to the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Court Martial Appeal Court and the Tax Court of Canada, to amend the Federal Court Act, the Tax Court of Canada Act and the Judges Act, and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, the statutory review of the Mental Health Provisions of the Criminal Code; and the Issue of Conditional Sentencing.

At 9:32 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:37 a.m., the sitting resumed in a televised session.

Pursuant to its Order of Reference of Monday, March 19, 2001, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Cruelty to Animals and Firearms) and the Firearms Act (See Minutes of Proceedings, Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Meeting No. 22).

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

At 10:40 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:48 a.m., the sitting resumed.

At 12:34 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Catherine Barrette / Marie Danielle Vachon

 

 

 

Clerks of the Committee