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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 29
 
Monday, November 6, 2006
 

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.

 

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

 

Acting Members present: Steven Blaney for Daniel Petit, Marc Lemay for Carole Freeman and Hon. John McKay for Hon. Sue Barnes.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst.

 

Appearing: Hon. Vic Toews, Minister of Justice.

 

Witnesses: Department of Justice: John Sims, Deputy Minister and Deputy Attorney General. Canadian Bar Association: Tamra L. Thomson, Director, Legislation and Law Reform; Melina Buckley, Representative. Court Challenges Program of Canada: Ken Norman, Treasurer, Member of the Board of Directors; Noël A.J. Badiou, Executive Director. Centre for Cultural Renewal: Iain Benson, Executive Director.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, the Committee resumed its study of the effects of the abolition of the Law Commission of Canada.
 

The Minister made a statement and, with John Sims, answered questions.

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

The Minister of Justice answered questions.

 

At 4:48 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:55 p.m., the sitting resumed.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, the Committee resumed its study of the effects of the abolition of the Law Commission of Canada and of the abolition of the Court Challenges Program on the development of minority rights.
 

Tamara L. Thomson and Melina Buckley each made a statement and answered questions.

 

Ken Norman made a statement and, with Noël A.J. Badiou, answered questions.

 

Iain Benson made a statement and answered questions.

 

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

 



Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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