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Meeting No. 37
Monday, December 4, 2006

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 209, West 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, Daniel Petit and Myron Thompson.


Acting Members present: Wajid Khan for Derek Lee, Marc Lemay for Carole Freeman, Brian Masse for Joe Comartin, Todd Norman Russell for Brian Murphy and Scott Simms for Hon. Larry Bagnell.


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


Witnesses: Association québécoise des avocats et avocates de la défense: Lucie Joncas, President. As an individual: Jean-Paul Brodeur, Professor, Criminology, Director, International Centre of Comparative Criminology, University of Montreal. Canadian Bar Association: Tamra L. Thomson, Director, Legislation and Law Reform; Joshua Weinstein, Secretary, National Criminal Justice Section. Mennonite Central Committee Canada: Sandra Elgersma, Domestic Policy Analyst; Eileen Henderson, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario.

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.

Lucie Joncas made a statement and answered questions.


Jean-Paul Brodeur made a statement and answered questions.


Tamra Thomson and Joshua Weinstein each made a statement and answered questions.


Sandra Elgersma and Eileen Henderson each made a statement and answered questions.


At 5:21 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:24 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — Whereas various important witnesses have indicated to the Committee that there is a significant link between armed offences, street gangs and organized crime;

Whereas parliamentarians have an obligation to legislate on the basis of meaningful and conclusive information;

That the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights not begin the clause by clause review of Bill C-10 until it has devoted one more meeting to the issue of street gangs, and one more meeting to examine the overall effect on gangsterism of Bills C-95 and C-24, adopted in 1997 and 2001;

With respect to gangsterism that the research assistants produce a summary of the case law and provide Committee members with a file comprising the court judgments in full.


It was agreed, — That the Committee do now adjourn.


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


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2006/12/07 9:14 a.m.