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Meeting No. 59
Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 9:00 a.m. this day, in Room 705, La Promenade Building, 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.


Associate Members present: Garry Breitkreuz.


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


Witnesses: As an individual: Paul Gillespie, Consultant. Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics: Lynn Barr-Telford, Director, Statistics Canada; Karen Mihorean, Assistant Director, Statistics Canada. Canadian Bar Association: Tamra L. Thomson, Director, Legislation and Law Reform; Margaret Gallagher, Treasurer, National Criminal Justice Section; Kevin Kindred, Branch Section Chair, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference. White Ribbon Against Pornography: Judy Nuttall, Coordinator, Affiliated with Citizens Addressing Sexual Exploitation. Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime: Steve Sullivan, President. Justice for Children and Youth: Martha Mackinnon, Executive Director; Emily Chan, Lawyer. Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers: William M. Trudell, Chair. B.C. Civil Liberties Association: Jason Gratl, President; Christina Godlewska, Articled Student. Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies: Kim Pate, Executive Director. Age of Consent Committee: Andrew Brett, Member; Nicholas Dodds, Member. Institute of Marriage and Family Canada: Dave Quist, Executive Director. As an individual: Daphne Gilbert, Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, October 30, 2006, the Committee resumed 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.

Paul Gillespie made a statement and answered questions.


Lynn Barr-Telford made a statement and, with Karen Mihorean, answered questions.


Tamra L. Thomson, Margaret Gallagher and Kevin Kindred each made a statement and answered questions.


Judy Nuttall made a statement and answered questions.


Steve Sullivan made a statement and answered questions.


Martha Mackinnon made a statement and, with Emily Chan, answered questions.


At 11:15 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:00 p.m., the sitting resumed.


William M. Trudell made a statement and answered questions.


Jason Gratl made a statement and, with Christina Godlewska, answered questions.


Kim Pate made a statement and answered questions.


Andrew Brett and Nicholas Dodds each made a statement and answered questions.


Dave Quist made a statement and answered questions.


Daphne Gilbert made a statement and answered questions.


At 1:54 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

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