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Meeting No. 79

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 9:37 a.m. this day, in Room 705, La Promenade Building, the Chair, Andy Scott, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Carole-Marie Allard, Bill Blaikie, Jay Hill, Peter MacKay, John McKay, Lynn Myers, Andy Scott, Kevin Sorenson, Vic Toews.

Acting Members present: Robert Lanctôt for Michel Bellehumeur; Bernard Patry for Denis Paradis; Larry Bagnell for Paul DeVillers; Murray Calder for John Maloney; André Harvey for Paul Harold Macklin; Allan Tonks for Irwin Cotler.

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

Witnesses: From the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Gail Czukar, General Counsel; Dr. Howard Barbaree, Professor and Clinical Director, Law and Mental Health Programs, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. From the Canadian Police Association: David Griffin, Executive Officer.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of the House of February 26, 2002, the Committee resumed its statutory review of the mental disorder provisions of the Criminal Code.

The witnesses made a statement and answered questions.

At 11:55 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:04 p.m., the Committee proceeded to sit in camera.

It was agreed - That the Committee hear a witness in camera, that the name of the witness not appear on the Notice or in the Minutes of the meeting, and that the brief submitted by the witness be considered as secret.


At 11h55, the sitting was suspended.


At 12h04, the sitting resumed.


It was agreed - That, in relation to is statutory review of the Mental Disorder Provisions of the Criminal Code, a group comprised of five (5) government members and one (1) member of each of the Opposition parties of the Committee be authorized to travel to Toronto in May, and that the necessary staff do accompany the Committee.


It was agreed - That the Committee adopt a travel budget of $14,839.


It was agreed - That the list of potential witnesses for the study of the subject matter of C-284, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences by corporations, directors and officers) be adopted and that staff be instructed to begin to invite witnesses for this study beginning on May 2nd, 2002.

At 12:28 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Jean-François Pagé / Marie Danielle Vachon




Clerks of the Committee