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Meeting No. 31
Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness met at 9:08 a.m. this day, in Room 209 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, Richard Marceau, Serge Ménard, Anita Neville, Myron Thompson and Mark Warawa.


Acting Members present: Rob Moore for Vic Toews.


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


Witnesses: International Centre to Combat Exploitation of Children: Cherry Kingsley, Executive Director. Canadian Artists' Representation: Audrey Churgin, National Director; John Greyson, Artist Member. Barreau du Québec: Nicole Dufour, Lawyer, Research and Legislation Service; Lori-Renée Weitzman, Lawyer, Member of the Committee on Criminal Law. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Edith Cody-Rice, Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy Coordinator.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, October 18, 2004, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


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

At 11:07 a.m., the sitting resumed.


Richard Marceau moved, — That the Committee expresses its great disappointment with regards to the proposed reform of the appointment process for the Supreme Court Justices by the government; denounces the overly broad discretion given to the Justice Minister and the Prime Minister in the suggested process; requests that the government reconsider its position and come back to the Committee before the end of June with a new and more ambitious reform proposal, including a more important role for parliamentarians and the provinces.

Debate arose thereon.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 5.


At 11:15 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2005/04/15 2:02 p.m.