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Meeting No. 66
Thursday, May 3, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 9:09 a.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, 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, Daniel Petit and Myron Thompson.


Acting Members present: Hon. Roy Cullen for Brian Murphy.


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


Witnesses: Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages: Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages; Johane Tremblay, Director, Legal Affairs Branch. Federation of Associations of French-speaking Jurists of Common Law Inc.: Louise Aucoin, President. Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada: Diane Côté, Director, Community and Government Liaison. Department of Justice Canada: William Bartlett, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section. Department of Justice: Matthew Taylor, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

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

Graham Fraser made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


Louise Aucoin made a statement and, with Diane Côté, answered questions.


At 10:16 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:24 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee resumed its study of the motion of Réal Ménard (gangsterism).

That the government consider the advisability of:

a) amending 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.

b) amending 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.

c) making available to the provincial attorneys general sufficient funds over three years to help train Crown prosecutors specializing in combating street gangs.

d) implementing a highly secure web site accessible exclusively by police officers; federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers; and Crown attorneys, with links to the following:

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

ii) 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.

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


William Bartlett made a statement and, with the other witness from the Department of Justice, answered questions.


At 11:00 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/05/22 2:28 p.m.