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Meeting No. 3
Monday, November 1, 2004

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness met in a televised session at 4:08 p.m. this day, in Room 269 West Block, the Chair, Paul DeVillers, presiding.


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


Acting Members present: Hon. Hedy Fry for John Maloney and Jim Prentice for Vic Toews.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Philip Rosen, Analyst; Wade Raaflaub, Analyst.


Appearing: Hon. Irwin Cotler, Minister of Justice.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: Catherine Kane, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Friday, October 22, 2004, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mental disorder) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

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


At 5:28 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:33 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

It was agreed, — That the Privacy Commissioner of Canada be invited to appear before the Committee in relation to Bill C-6, on Wednesday, November 3, 2004.

It was agreed, — That the proposed operational budget of the Committee for its study of Bill C-10 in the amount of $19,500 be adopted and that the Chair present the said budget to the Budget Sub-Committee of the Liaison Committee.

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.

It was agreed, — That the Chair of the Committee write a letter to the Minister of Justice asking that the government provide the Committee with a detailed response to the May and August reports on the appointment of Supreme Court Judges, addressing both the recommendations and the dissenting opinions, by the end of November 2004.


At 5:55 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2005/03/02 10:28 a.m.