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Meeting No. 20
Monday, October 16, 2006

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met, in camera, at 3:34 p.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Sue Barnes, Patrick Brown, Joe Comartin, Art Hanger, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore, Brian Murphy, Daniel Petit and Myron Thompson.


Acting Members present: Omar Alghabra for Brian Murphy, Marc Lemay for Carole Freeman and Gary Merasty for Hon. Larry Bagnell.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst. House of Commons: Samy Agha, Procedural Clerk.


Witnesses: Probation Officers Association of Ontario: Catherine Hutchison, Past President; Donald Larman, President. Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers: Marvin Bloos, Honourary Chair; Andy Rady, Executive. Native Women's Association of Canada: Jolene L. Saulis, Team Lead, Policy and Research. As an individual: Julian V. Roberts, Assistant Director, Reader in Criminal Justice, Centre for Criminology, Oxford University. Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies: Lucie Joncas, Vice-President, Board of Directors; Kim Pate, Executive Director.


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


The Committee resumed consideration of the Fourth Report of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.

It was agreed that the clause by clause study of Bill C-9 take place on Monday, October 23, 2006.

It was agreed that the Committee instruct the Clerk to convene a meeting of the Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws for the purpose of electing a Chair.

It was agreed that the Committee meet three times every week when the House is in session, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

It was agreed that the Committee undertake a study of two programs of the Main Estimates: Drug Courts and Legal Aid on the following dates: October 18, 2006 and October 31, 2006.

It was agreed that the Committee invite the Minister of Justice and other witnesses in relation to its study of Bill C-17 on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 and Wednesday, October 25, 2006.

It was agreed that the clause by clause study of Bill C-17 take place on Monday, October 30, 2006.


At 4:10 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:17 p.m., the Committee resumed sitting in public.

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).

The witnesses made a statement and answered questions.


At 6:34 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2006/10/19 3:57 p.m.