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Meeting No. 19
Thursday, February 10, 2005

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness met at 9:06 a.m. this day, in Room 701 La Promenade Building, the Chair, Paul DeVillers, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Diane Bourgeois, Garry Breitkreuz, Joe Comartin, Hon. Roy Cullen, Hon. Paul DeVillers, Hon. Paul Harold Macklin, John Maloney, Richard Marceau, Anita Neville, Myron Thompson, Vic Toews and Mark Warawa.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Philip Rosen, Principal; Robin MacKay, Analyst.


Witnesses: Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police: Bruce Brown, Barrister and Solicitor, Director, Legal Services, London Police Service; Vincent Westwick, Co-Chair, Law Amendments Committee. Canadian Association of Police Boards: Herb Kreling, Past President and Board Member; Wendy L. Fedec, Executive Director. B.C. Ministry of the Attorney General: Derrill Prevett, Crown Counsel, DNA Information Coordinator. Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Ron Fourney, Program Manager, National DNA Data Bank, Forensic Laboratory Service; David Bird, Senior Legal Counsel. Department of Justice: Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

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

Richard Marceau moved, — That the Committee invite the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and summon the Commissioner of the RCMP and Commanding Officer, C Division, to appear before it to explain why they ignored the Committee's recommendation to stay the closure of nine RCMP detachments in Quebec.

Debate arose thereon.


Roy Cullen moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting the words “invite the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and summon” and substituting with the following “request”.


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Roy Cullen and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 7.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 4.


At 9:34 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:36 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, November 2, 2004, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the DNA Identification Act and the National Defence Act.

It was agreed, — That, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated five (5) minutes to questioners of each party, starting with the Opposition parties.


Bruce Brown, Herb Kreling and Derrill Prevett made statements and with the other witnesses, answered questions.


At 11:05 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:12 a.m., the sitting resumed.


Ron Fourney made a statement and, with the other witnesses from the RCMP and the Department of Justice, answered questions.


At 12:01 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte, Mark D'Amore
Clerks of the Committee

2005/02/17 8:47 a.m.