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Meeting No. 68
Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in camera at 9:04 a.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Larry Bagnell, Rick Dykstra, Art Hanger, Hon. Marlene Jennings, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore, Brian Murphy, Daniel Petit and Myron Thompson.


Acting Members present: André Bellavance for Carole Freeman and Mike Lake for Myron Thompson.


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

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

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.


It was agreed, — That the Committee append to its report a dissenting opinion from the members of the Conservative Party provided that it is no more than 8 pages in length and submitted electronically to the Clerk of the Committee, in both official languages, no later than Wednesday, May 16, 2007.


At 10:46 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:47 a.m., the sitting resumed in public.

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

Réal Ménard moved, — 1) That the Standing Committee on Justice devote a sitting to analysis of the problem of pirating of films in Canada, and that representatives of the industry and of the Department of Justice be invited to appear before the Committee; and

2) That this sitting be held no later than the Committee’s last sitting in June.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 8; NAYS: 1.


Réal Ménard moved, — Whereas respect for the French language should imbue all ministers and departments of the federal government; Whereas the Minister of Justice has at least twice made strategic appointments of persons who are unilingual English;

That, through the Chairman, the Committee write to the Minister of Justice to ask him not to make appointments of persons who do not have a working knowledge of French at the time of their appointment to strategic positions .


At 11:01 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/05/29 9:19 a.m.