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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 34
 
Thursday, November 23, 2006
 

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 9:38 a.m. this day, in the Holiday Inn Select, Toronto International Airport, Toronto, Ontario, 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, Daniel Petit and Myron Thompson.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst.

 

Witnesses: Toronto Police Service: William Blair, Chief; Bob Clarke, Executive Officer. Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General: The Hon. Michael Bryant, Attorney General. As an individual: Peter Rosenthal, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto. Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness: John Muise, Director, Public Safety. As an individual: Margaret Beare, Former Director, Nathanson Centre for the Study of organized crime and corruption. Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers: William M. Trudell, Chair; Andy Rady, Ontario Representative on the Board. Women's Legal Education and Action Fund: Fiona Sampson, Director of litigation. Legal Aid Ontario: George Biggar, Vice-President, Policy, Planning and External Relations. Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto: Jonathan Rudin, Program Director.

 

Sue Barnes moved, — That, in consideration of the funding cancellation to the Court Challenges Program of Canada and the Law Commission of Canada, announced September 25, 2006, that the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights recommends that the government continue funding these two programs at the 2005-2006 level, and that the chair report the adoption of this motion to the House forthwith.

 

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division: YEAS: Larry Bagnell, Sue Barnes, Joe Comartin, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Brian Murphy — 6; NAYS: Patrick Brown, Rob Moore, Daniel Petit, Myron Thompson — 4.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, June 13, 2006, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum penalties for offences involving firearms) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act.
 

William Blair made a statement and answered questions.

 

Michael Bryant made a statement and answered questions.

 

Peter Rosenthal made a statement and answered questions.

 

John Muise made a statement and answered questions.

 

At 12:46 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 1:26 p.m., the sitting resumed.

 

Margaret Beare made a statement and answered questions.

 

William Trudell and Andy Rady each made a statement and answered questions.

 

At 3:22 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:29 p.m., the sitting resumed.

 

Fiona Sampson made a statement and answered questions.

 

George Biggar made a statement and answered questions.

 

Jonathan Rudin made a statement and answered questions.

 

At 4:44 p.m., Derek Lee took the Chair.

 

At 5:05 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2006/11/30 4:41 p.m.