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Meeting No. 65
Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 705, La Promenade Building, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Larry Bagnell, Joe Comartin, Rick Dykstra, Carole Freeman, Art Hanger, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore, Brian Murphy and Daniel Petit.


Acting Members present: Yvon Godin for Joe Comartin, John Maloney for Hon. Marlene Jennings, Richard Nadeau for Carole Freeman and Rick Norlock for Myron Thompson.


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


Appearing: Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: Anouk Desaulniers, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Marc Tremblay, General Counsel and Director, Official Languages Law Group.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, October 16, 2006, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal procedure, language of the accused, sentencing and other amendments).

At 4:53 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:55 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

The Chair presented the Twelfth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.


It was agreed, — That the Committee start the review of the draft report on the judicial appointment process on Tuesday May 8th and continue on Thursday May 10.

That the Committee proceed to the clause by clause study of Bill C-23 on Thursday, May 10th, if possible, or if not, on Tuesday, May 15th.

That the Committee hold a meeting to study the Main Estimates in relation to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday, May 17th.

That the Committee commence the study of Bill C-32 on Wednesday, May 30th and that the minister of Justice be invited to appear on that date.

That the Committee consider the motion from Mr. Ménard on the subject of Organized Crime on Thursday, May 3rd.


At 5:13 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/05/03 2:24 p.m.