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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 24
 
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
 

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 3:36 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.

 

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

 

Acting Members present: Hon. Irwin Cotler for Hon. Sue Barnes, Hon. Irwin Cotler for Brian Murphy and Marc Lemay for Carole Freeman.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay; Nancy Holmes.

 

Appearing: Hon. Vic Toews.

 

Witnesses: Department of Justice: Judith Bellis, Courts and Tribunal Policy. Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission: Roderick A. McLennan; Earl Cherniak; Gretta Chambers. Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs: David Gourdeau; Wayne Osborne, Financial Services.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, June 20, 2006, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-17, An Act to amend the Judges Act and certain other Acts in relation to courts.
 

The Minister made a statement and, with Judith Bellis, answered questions.

 

Roderick McLennan made a statement and, with Earl Cherniak and Gretta Chambers, answered questions.

 

David Gourdeau made a statement and, with Wayne Osborne, answered questions.

 

At 5:20 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:22 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

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

Your Subcommittee met on Monday, October 23, 2006, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. It was agreed, that before studying Bill C-10, the Committee set aside two sessions to study the effects of the abolition of the Canadian Law Commission and the effects of the abolition of the Court Challenges Program on the development of minority rights and that the sessions be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 and Monday, November 6, 2006.

2. It was agreed, that the Minister of Justice be invited to appear on Monday, November 6, 2006, for an hour, concerning the study of the effects of the abolition of the Canadian Law Commission.

3. It was agreed, that the Minister of Canadian Heritage be invited to appear on Monday, November 6, 2006, for an hour, concerning the study of the effects of the abolition of the Court Challenges Program on the development of minority rights.

4. It was agreed, that, as an exception to the schedule adopted by the Committee on Monday, October 23, 2006, the Minister of Justice be invited to appear on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, in relation to its study of Bill C-10.

 

It was agreed, — That the Fifth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be concurred in.

 

It was agreed, — That, at the earliest opportunity, fifteen (15) minutes be added to a meeting in order to enable Marc Lemay and Irwin Cotler to ask questions to the Minister of Justice concerning the subject matter of Bill C-17.

 

It was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, October 16, 2006, John Maloney be appointed as Chair of the Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws.

 

At 5:39 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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