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Meeting No. 49
Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 9:05 a.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, Carole Freeman, Art Hanger, Hon. Marlene Jennings, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore, Brian Murphy, Daniel Petit and Myron Thompson.


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


Appearing: Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section. Royal Canadian Mounted Police: David Bird, Senior Legal Counsel.

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

Réal Ménard moved, — 1. That the government amend the definition of "criminal organization" in section 467.1 of the Criminal Code to include the commission of offences involving gratuitous violence (e.g.: drive-by shootings) that yield no material benefit for the said organization, as defined in section 467.1.

2. That the government amend the Criminal Code to make warrants authorizing the use of a GPS system to monitor the movements of a motor vehicle (s. 487.01) valid for the same period as warrants for electronic surveillance; namely, one year.

3. That the federal government make available to the provincial attorneys general sufficient funds over three years to help train Crown prosecutors specializing in combating street gangs.

4. That the federal government implement a web site accessible by police officers; federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers; and Crown attorneys, with links to the following:

a. the decisions of all Canadian courts pertaining to the fight against organized crime and street gangs; and

b. all evidence used by the defence and Crown in cases in which charges were laid under sections 467.1, 467.11, 467.12 and 467.13 of the Criminal Code;

and that this secure web site be accessible only by police officers; federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers; and Crown attorneys.

5. That the Chair of the Committee report the adoption of this motion to the House of Commons as soon as possible.

Debate arose thereon.


It was agreed, — That the vote on this motion be deferred until the next meeting of the Committee.


At 9:28 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:33, the sitting resumed in a televised session.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, October 4, 2006, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-18, An Act to amend certain Acts in relation to DNA identification.

The Minister made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


At 10:58 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/02/15 3:48 p.m.