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Meeting No. 41
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:38 p.m. this day, in Room 308, 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, Brian Murphy, Daniel Petit and Myron Thompson.


Acting Members present: Marc Lemay for Carole Freeman.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst. House of Commons: Mike MacPherson, Legislative Clerk.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: Claire Farid, Counsel, Family Law Policy; Lise Lafrenière-Henrie, Senior Counsel, Family Law Policy.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, October 17, 2006, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-252, An Act to amend the Divorce Act (access for spouse who is terminally ill or in critical condition).

The Committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.


On Clause 1,

Rob Moore moved, — That Bill C-252, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing lines 11 to 13 on page 1 with the following:

“the court shall make a variation order in respect of access that is in the best interests of the child.”


The witnesses answered questions.


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Rob Moore and it was agreed to.


Clause 1, as amended, carried on division.


The Title carried.


The Bill, as amended, carried on division.


ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill, as amended, to the House.


ORDERED, — That Bill C-252, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House at report stage.


At 4:00 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:01 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

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

Your subcommittee met on Monday, December 11, 2006, to consider the business of the committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

That the Committee meet on Tuesday and Thursday morning, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. from the month of January to the month of June 2007, as per the rotational committee schedule adopted by the whips of the parties.

That the minister of Justice be invited to appear before the Committee in relation to the appointment process for judges on Tuesday, February 13, 2007.

That 5 groups/individuals be invited to appear in relation to the study of gangsterism and 5 groups/individuals also be invited to appear in relation to the study of the overall effect on gangsterism of Bills C-95 and Bill C-24, and that the two meetings take place on January 30 and February 1, 2007. See attached list.

That the clause by clause review of Bill C-10 take place on February 6 and 8, 2007.

That, with respect to gangsterism, the analysts of the Committee produce a summary of the case law and provide Committee members with a file comprising the Lindsay, 2005, court judgment in full.

That the Committee meet on Monday, February 5, 2007, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in order to dispose of Bill C-277 and to commence the study of Bill C-299.

That the Committee consider Bill C-18 after the study of Bill C-10.


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


At 4:20 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/02/02 9:27 a.m.