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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 6
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
 

The Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness met in a televised session at 3:34 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D Centre Block, the Chair, Paul DeVillers, presiding.

 

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

 

Acting Members present: Rob Moore for Myron Thompson and Alan Tonks for Hon. Roy Cullen.

 

Other Members present: France Bonsant and Robert Vincent.

 

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

 

Appearing: Hon. Irwin Cotler, Minister of Justice.

 

Witnesses: Department of Justice: Morris Rosenberg, Deputy Minister and Deputy Attorney General; Josée Touchette, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services; Catherine Latimer, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Criminal Law Policy and Community Justice Branch.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the Main Estimates 2004-2005: Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 50 under JUSTICE, referred to the Committee on Friday, October 8, 2004.
 

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

 

At 5:29 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:34 p.m., the sitting resumed “in camera“.

 

The Committee proceeded to discuss Committee business.

 

It was agreed, — That the Committee explore the possibility to create a Sub-Committee on Public Safety.

 

It was agreed, — That following the study of Bill C-10, the Committee consider Bill C-13, followed by Bill C-2, Bill C-17 and Bill C-16.

 

It was agreed, — That the Standing Committee on Justice ask the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to suspend its resource redeployment program until the Committee hears from the mayors and the municipal wardens of regional county municipalities affected by the closing of an RCMP detachment and that, in light of this information, it then call the Commissioner of the RCMP to explain the reasons for this program.

 

It was agreed, — That proposed operational budget of the Committee for its study on Bill C-13 in the amount of $25,500 be adopted and that the Chair present the said budget to the Budget Subcommittee of the Liaison Committee.

 

It was agreed, — That the proposed operational budget of the Committee for its study on regional county municipalities affected by the of closing an RCMP detachment in the amount of $19,500 be adopted and that the Chair present the said budget to the Budget Subcommittee of the Liaison Committee.

 

It was agreed, — That the proposed operational budget of the Committee for its study on Bill C-2 in the amount of $37,500 be adopted and that the Chair present the said budget to the Budget Subcommittee of the Liaison Committee.

 

It was agreed, — That the proposed operational budget of the Committee for its study on Bill C-16 in the amount of $31,000 be adopted and that the Chair present the said budget to the Budget Subcommittee of the Liaison Committee.

 

It was agreed, — That the proposed operational budget of the Committee for its study of Bill C-17 in the amount of $43,000 be adopted and that the Chair present the said budget to the Budget Subcommittee of the Liaison Committee.

 

It was agreed, — That the discussion on a suggested session dealing with public safety and emergency preparedness be postponed until the creation of a Sub-Committee on Public Safety.

 

It was agreed, — That the discussion on a proposal in relation to the creation of a Sub-Committee on Solicitation be postponed to allow members to consult with their party.

 

At 5:51 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2005/03/02 10:26 a.m.