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Meeting No. 62
Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met at 11:03 a.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Chair, Marlene Catterall, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Gord Brown, Hon. Sarmite Bulte, Marlene Catterall, Sébastien Gagnon, Maka Kotto, Deepak Obhrai, Bev Oda, Yasmin Ratansi, Gary Schellenberger, Mario Silva and Scott Simms.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Sam Banks, Analyst.


Witnesses: Department of Canadian Heritage: Lyn Elliott Sherwood, Executive Director; Marie-Lise Julien, Lawyer, Legal Services. Department of Justice: Christopher Ram, Legal Counsel, Criminal Law Policy. Department of Canadian Heritage: Kathryn Zedde, Senior Heritage Policy Analyst. Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Foreign Affairs): Sabine Nölke, Deputy Director, United Nations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Section, Bureau of Legal Affairs.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, October 25, 2005, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill S-37, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

Lyn Elliott Sherwood made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


The Committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.


Clause 1 carried.


Clause 2 carried.


Clause 3 carried.


Clause 4 carried.


Clause 5 carried.


Clause 6 carried.


Clause 7 carried.


Schedule 1 carried.


By unanimous consent, the Title carried.


The Bill carried.


ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill to the House.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Bev Oda moved, — That the government should undertake to establish an independent task force to review the mandate role and services of the CBC-SRC; to establish the role the public broadcaster must have and the services it must provide in light of the new media environment and technological advances.

That such a review be commenced immediately so the task force report can be completed and made public in a timely fashion so that it will provide input into the public process leading up to the Corporation's licence renewal in 2007.

That the government provide the Task force with the needed resources to undertake a fulsome process including reasonable opportunity for public participation in regions across this country.

That the government, when establishing this independent task force, do so under the advisement of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, and that the membership reflect that of this committee.


Debate arose thereon.


Mario Silva moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing in the first paragraph the words “Government should underetake to establish an independent task force to” with the words “this Committee”.


The question was put on the amendment of Mario Silva and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 6.


By unanimous consent, on motion of Bev Oda, it was agreed, — That the Chair Report to the House the content of the motion.


At 12:50 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jacques Lahaie
Clerk of the Committee

2005/11/15 4:45 p.m.