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Meeting No. 43

Tuesday, November 6, 2001

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 9:35 a.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Andy Scott, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Michel Bellehumeur, Bill Blaikie, Chuck Cadman, Irwin Cotler, Paul DeVillers, Ivan Grose, Peter MacKay, John Maloney, John McKay, Lynn Myers, Stephen Owen, Denis Paradis, Andy Scott, Kevin Sorenson, Vic Toews and Pierrette Venne.

Acting Member present: Mac Harb for Carole-Marie Allard.

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Philip Rosen, senior analyst.

Witnesses: From the Canadian Jewish Congress: Prof. Ed Morgan, Chair, Ontario Region; Eric Vernon, Director of Government Relations; Manuel Prutschi, National Director, Community Relations. From the Canadian Islamic Congress: Prof. Mohamed Elmasry, National President; Me Rocco Galati, Constitutional Lawyer, CIC Legal Counsel; Adam Amen, Executive Director, National Capital Region. From the Canadian Council of Churches (The): Peter Noteboom, Associate Secretary for Justice and Peace; Jennifer Leddy, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. From the Canadian Arab Federation: John Asfour, President; Amina Sherazee, Lawyer. From the Muslim Council of Montreal: Salam Elmenyawi. From the World Sikh Organization: Anne Lowthian, Executive Director; Palbinder Chergill, Legal Counsel.

Pursuant to its Order of Reference of Thursday, October 18, 2001, the Committee resumed consideration of 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 (See Minutes of Proceedings, Thursday, October 18, 2001, Meeting No. 29).

Ed Morgan, Mohamed Elmasry, Rocco Galati, Peter Noteboom, Jennifer Leddy, John Asfour, Amina Sherazee, Salam Elmenyawi, Anne Lowthian and Palbinder Chergill each made statements and, with Eric Vernon and Manuel Prutschi, answered questions.

At 11:38 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:45 a.m., the sitting resumed.

At 1:15 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Catherine Barrette / Marie Danielle Vachon


Clerks of the Committee