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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 2
 
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
 

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness met in a televised session at 3:35 p.m. this day, in Room 269 West Block, the Chair, Paul DeVillers, presiding.

 

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

 

Acting Members present: Peter MacKay for Myron Thompson and Serge Ménard for Diane Bourgeois.

 

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

 

Appearing: Hon. Anne McLellan, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

 

Witnesses: Department of the Solicitor General (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness): Margaret Bloodworth, Deputy Minister; Paul Kennedy, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and National Security; Patricia Hassard, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policing, Law Enforcement and Interoperability; Kimber Johnston, Director General, Strategic Policy.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Friday, October 15, 2004, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-6, An Act to establish the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and to amend or repeal certain Acts.
 

The Minister made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

 

At 4:45 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:52 p.m., the sitting resumed in a public meeting.

At 5:30 p.m., the Committee considered matters related to its future business.

 

The Chair presented the First Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

The Subcommittee met on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 and agreed to make the following recommendations:

That the Minister of Justice be invited to appear before the Committee, after the tabling of the Government of Canada’s response to the Committee’s report tabled on May 10, 2004, entitled “Improving the Supreme Court of Canada Appointment Process”, to explain the response.

That Bill C-6, An Act to establish the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and to amend or repeal certain Acts, be the first order of business, followed by Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mental disorder) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

That the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the officials of the Department be invited to appear before the Committee on Wednesday, October 27th, 2004, to discuss Bill C-6.

That the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness be invited to appear before the Committee concerning the Main Estimates.

That the Committee meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and, when necessary, extend the duration of the meetings.

 
Anita Neville moved, - That the report of the Subcommittee be concurred in.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.

It was agreed, - That the clerk of the Committee start inviting witnesses concerning Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mental disorder) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

 

At 5:44 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2004-10-29 2:59 p.m.