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Meeting No. 14
Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Larry Bagnell, Hon. Sue Barnes, Art Hanger, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore, Daniel Petit and Myron Thompson.


Acting Members present: Marc Lemay for Carole Freeman and Judy Wasylycia-Leis for Joe Comartin.


Brian Murphy for Michael Ignatieff.


Associate Members present: Luc Harvey.


In attendance: House of Commons: Samy Agha, Procedural Clerk. Library of Parliament: Philip Rosen, Principal; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst.


Witnesses: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics: Lynn Barr-Telford, Director, Statistics Canada; Craig Grimes, Project Manager, Courts Program, Statistics Canada; Michael Martin, Chief, Correctional Services Program, Statistics Canada.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, June 6, 2006, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-9, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conditional sentence of imprisonment).

Lynn Barr-Telford made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


At 5:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:35p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

The Chair presented the Third Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

Your Subcommittee met on Wednesday, September 20, 2006, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the Committee meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoon this Fall, starting in the month of October, and that an additional meeting be added for the weeks of September 25, October 2 and October 16, 2006, to study Bill C-9.

2. That 27 groups/individuals be invited to appear in relation to Bill C-9 and that those witnesses be organised in panels of four. See list of witnesses attached.

3. That a budget be prepared for the study of Bill C-9 based on this list of witnesses.

4. That the clause by clause study of Bill C-9 take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2006.

5. That the study of Bill C-17, an Act to amend the Judges Act and certain other Acts in relation to courts, take place after the study of Bill C-9 but before the study of Bill C-10.

6. That the Committee explore the possibility of holding meetings concerning the Estimates this Fall.


It was agreed, — That the Third Report of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights be concurred in.


It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $ 54,020, for consideration of Bill C-9, be adopted.


At 5:45 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2006/09/25 9:27 a.m.