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Meeting No. 52
Thursday, October 6, 2005

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness met at 11:08 a.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Chair, John Maloney, presiding.


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


Acting Members present: Jean-Claude D'Amours for Anita Neville, Marc Lemay for Serge Ménard, Rob Moore for Myron Thompson and Hon. Paddy Torsney for Hon. Roy Cullen.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Shawn Scromeda, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Simon William, Counsel, Stategic Operations Section.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, September 28, 2005, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-53, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (proceeds of crime) and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act.

Shawn Scromeda made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

At 12:39 p.m. the Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Mark Warawa moved, — 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.

Debate arose thereon.


By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That consideration of Mark Warawa's motion be postponed until the Committee obtains more information on this matter.


At 1:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte, Louise Hayes
Clerks of the Committee

2005/10/06 3:36 p.m.