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Meeting No. 43
Thursday, February 1, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a video recorded session at 9:04 a.m. this day, in Room 308, West Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Larry Bagnell, Patrick Brown, Carole Freeman, Art Hanger, Hon. Marlene Jennings, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore and Daniel Petit.


Acting Members present: Garry Breitkreuz for Myron Thompson.


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


Witnesses: Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Pierre-Yves Bourduas, Deputy Commissioner, Federal Services and Central Region; Michel Aubin, Director, Organized Crime Branch. Vancouver Police Department: Jamie Graham, Chief Constable; Larry Butler, Sergeant. As an individual: Robert M. Gordon, Professor and Director, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on December 4, 2006, the Committee resumed its study on gangsterism.

Pierre-Yves Bourduas made a statement and, with Michel Aubin, answered questions.


Jamie Graham and Larry Butler made statements and answered questions.


Robert M. Gordon made a statement and answered questions.


At 10:59 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:00 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

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

Your Subcommittee met on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

That, notwithstanding the decisions taken by the Committee on Wednesday, December 13, 2006:

The meeting with the Minister of Justice relating to the appointment process for judges take place on Monday, February 5, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting concerning Bill C-299 with the sponsor of the bill and the officials from the Department of Justice take place on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.

The clause by clause study of Bill C-10 take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 and if necessary, continue on Tuesday, February 13, 2007.

The study of Bill C-18 commence on Thursday, February 15, 2007 with the Minister of Justice and officials as witnesses and continue on February 20, 22 and 27, 2007.

In relation to the list of suggested witnesses concerning Bill C-18, that some groups be invited to appear and that other groups be invited to submit a brief.

That in relation to the study of Bill C-18, a visit to the DNA Centre of the RCMP, in Ottawa, be organised outside the regular schedule of the Committee.


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


At 11:05 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/02/02 1:06 p.m.