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Meeting No. 50
Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness met in camera at 11:05 a.m. this day, in Room 308, West Block, the Chair, John Maloney, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Garry Breitkreuz, Joe Comartin, Hon. Paul Harold Macklin, John Maloney, Richard Marceau, Anita Neville, Hon. Judy Sgro, Vic Toews and Mark Warawa.


Acting Members present: Marc Lemay for Serge Ménard, Hon. Gurbax Malhi for Hon. Roy Cullen and Rob Moore for Myron Thompson.


Associate Members present: Daryl Kramp.


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

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

It was agreed, — That, at the discretion of the Chair, during the questioning of witnesses, there be allocated seven (7) minutes for the first questioner of each party; starting with the Opposition parties; and that thereafter, five (5) minutes be allocated to each subsequent questioner, until every member has spoken once.


It was agreed, — That the order of business of the Committee be as follows:

Study of Bill C-49 on October 4, 2005;

Study of Bill C-53 on October 6, 2005;

Study of Bill C-215 on October 18, 2005;

Study of Bill C-16 with Mr. Raf Souccar, senior official with the RCMP on October 20, 2005;

Study of the motion adopted by the Committee on June 21, 2005 concerning the closure of the RCMP detachments in Manitoba on October 20, 2005;

Clause by clause study of Bill C-16 on October 25, 2005.


It was agreed, — That, with regard to the certificate of nomination of Catherine Ebbs to the position of Chairman, Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee, Ms. Ebbs be invited to appear before the Committee.


It was agreed, — That, in regards to correspondence received from the Minister of Justice, discussion about the Committee conducting the review of Section 25.1 to 25.4 of the Criminal Code, enacted through Bill C-24 (S.C. 2001-c.32), be revisited once the Committee obtains more information from the Department of Justice on the application of those sections.


It was agreed, — That the Committee revisit its priorities in November 2005.


The following notice of motion was given:

THAT, given inmates in federal prisons currently have access to sexually explicit material on cable television; and televised sexually explicit material may be viewed by other persons, such as prison staff and other inmates, and has the potential to undermine a person’s sense of personal dignity;

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness study the issue of limiting access to sexually explicit material on cable television in federal prisons and report to the House.


At 11:52 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte, Louise Hayes
Clerks of the Committee

2005/09/30 11:49 a.m.