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Meeting No. 54
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a video recorded session at 9:05 a.m. this day, in Room 269, West 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.


Witnesses: Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs: Marc Giroux, Acting Commissioner. Department of Justice: Judith Bellis, General Counsel, Judicial Affairs, Courts and Tribunal Policy. As individuals: Sébastien Grammond, Professor, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa; Peter Russell, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. Canadian Bar Association: J. Parker MacCarthy, President; Kerri Froc, Legal Policy Analyst.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee commenced its study of the Judicial Appointment Process.

Marc Giroux made a statement and answered questions.


Judith Bellis made a statement and answered questions.


Sébastien Grammond made a statement and answered questions.


Peter Russell made a statement and answered questions.


J. Parker MacCarthy made a statement and, with the other witness from the Canadian Bar Association, answered questions.


At 11:02 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/03/29 10:32 a.m.