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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting No. 51

Thursday, November 22, 2001

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in camera at 11:05 a.m. this day, in Room 307, West Block, the Chair, Andy Scott, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Carole-Marie Allard, Michel Bellehumeur, Bill Blaikie, Chuck Cadman, Irwin Cotler, Paul DeVillers, Brian Fitzpatrick, John Maloney, John McKay, Lynn Myers, Stephen Owen, Denis Paradis, Andy Scott, Vic Toews.

Acting Member present: Robert Lanctôt for Pierrette Venne.

Associate Member present Derek Lee.

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

Future business of the Committee

It was agreed – That the Minister of Justice would be invited to appear on November 29th to speak to Bill C-15B and that the Committee proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill on Tuesday, December 4th;

 

It was agreed – That officials of the Department of Justice would be invited to appear to speak to bill C-30 on December 6th and that the Committee proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill on Tuesday, December 11th, 2001.

 

It was agreed - That the Committee consider meeting on the afternoon of Thursday the 29th of November or Wednesday the 5th of December to study the Supplementary Estimates, and that the Clerk be given the latitude to schedule the meetings in that order to accommodate the Ministers’ schedules.

 

Ordered – That committee staff write to potential witnesses on the statutory review of the Mental Disorder provisions of the Criminal Code to invite them to submit briefs to the Committee and that the issue paper prepared by the Library of Parliament be included with the letter to better inform the submissions submitted by the witnesses.

 

It was agreed - That the Clerk provide to members the list of witnesses and testimony given during the study by the Standing Committee of the Mental Disorder Bill in 1991.

 

It was agreed - That officials of the Department of Justice be invited to provide a briefing on issues surrounding the Mental Disorder Provisions of the Criminal Code.

 

It was agreed - That the Clerk make available to the members of Committee the testimony heard by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights during the 36th Parliament in its consideration of Bill C-244, An Act to provide for the taking of samples of blood for the benefit of persons administering and enforcing the law and good Samaritans and to amend the Criminal Code, which was adduced by the Committee on November 7, 2001.

 

It was agreed - That Mr. Chuck Strahl, M.P., be invited to speak to Bill C-217 on December 12, 2001 and that he be consulted on other potential witnesses that should be invited to speak to his Private Member’s Bill.

 

With unanimous consent the committee’s notice requirement of 48 hours for substantive motions was waved and it was agreed - That, subsequent to the motion adopted on November 1st by the committee in regards to the membership of the sub-committee on National Security, Geoff Regan be named a member of the Sub-Committee.

 

Ordered – That Committee staff report on any outstanding statutory reviews to be done by the Committee.

 

It was agreed – That the Committee hold a briefing session on the issue of conditional sentencing after the Christmas break.

At 12:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Catherine Barrette / Marie Danielle Vachon

 

 

 

Clerks of the Committee