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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 55
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, 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: Carole Morency, Acting General Counsel.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, October 30, 2006, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-22, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (age of protection) and to make consequential amendments to the Criminal Records Act.
 

The Minister of Justice made a statement and, with the other witness, answered questions.

 

At 4:39 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:42 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

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

Your Subcommittee met on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the Committee meet from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m on Thursday, March 29, 2007, in order to hear more witnesses in relation to Bill C-22 and that a lunch be provided.

2. That, in addition to the groups/individuals who already confirmed their appearance before the Committee in relation to Bill C-22, eight additional groups be invited to appear.

3. That in addition to the witnesses already confirmed, the following individuals be invited to appear before the Committee in relation to the judicial appointment process study: Antonio Lamer, Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, Constance Glube, Wallace Craig, George Baynton, William Trudell, Julian Porter and Patrick Monahan.

4. That in relation to the motion of Réal Ménard on organized crime, the Chair follow up with the Department of Justice officials in order to know when the information will be provided to the Committee.

5. That in relation to the motion of Réal Ménard on pirating of films, the Chair follow up with the Minister's of Justice office and inform the Sub-Committee members at the next meeting what are the government's intentions on this subject.

6. That the Committee meet on April 19, 2007, to give drafting instructions to the analysts in relation to the report on the judicial appointment process study.

7. That the Minister of Justice be invited to appear before the Committee in relation to the Main Estimates 2007-2008 on April 24, 2007.

8. That the clause by clause study of Bill C-22 take place on April 17, 2007.

9. That in relation to Bill C-23, the analysts prepare a briefing note to explain “indictable offence” and “summary conviction offence”.

10. That the Committee commence the study of Bill C-23 on May 1st, 2007 and that the clause by clause study take place on May 3, 2007.

11. That the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights be granted an operational budget of $39,200 for the study of Bill C-22.

12. That the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights be granted an operational budget of $27,900 for the judicial process study.

 

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

 

At 5:19 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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