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Meeting No. 34
Thursday, April 21, 2005

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness met at 9:01 a.m. this day, in Room 705 La Promenade Building, the Chair, Paul DeVillers, presiding.


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


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


Witnesses: Canadians Addressing Sexual Exploitation: Dolina Smith, President. REAL Women of Canada: Gwendolyn Landolt, National Vice-President. Criminal Lawyers Association: Paul Burstein, Director; Karen Unger, Barrister. Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime: Steve Sullivan, President.

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 9:52 a.m., Garry Breitkreuz took the Chair.


At 10:20 a.m., Paul DeVillers took the Chair.


At 11:12 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:16 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

On motion of Richard Marceau, it was agreed, — That the Committee undertake a study on child pornography and the role of the Internet and the responsibility of Internet service providers, and the impact of any new technology, in this phenomena, and then recommend to Parliament measures to fight this problem.


On motion of Garry Breitkreuz, it was agreed on division, — That the Committee accept the request by Mr. Dave Hepworth and Mr. Gary McLeod, former forensic scientists with RCMP Laboratory Services, to appear before the committee, and that the Committee give them the opportunity to present their evidence disputing claims made by the Commissioner of the RCMP with respect to the status of DNA cases and service requests, and the effectiveness and efficiency of the RCMP Laboratory Services.


It was agreed, — That the Clerk of the Committee be authorized to make the necessary arrangements to provide for working meals for the Committee when meetings are scheduled to finish at 1:00 p.m..


At 11:41 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2005/04/21 4:06 p.m.