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Meeting No. 77
Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 9:01 a.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


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


Acting Members present: Hon. Dominic LeBlanc for Brian Murphy.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Laura Barnett, Analyst; Robin MacKay, Analyst.


Witnesses: Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Evan Graham, National Coordinator, Drug Evaluation and Classification Program. Canadian Society of Forensic Science: Marthe Dalpé-Scott, Co-Chair, Drugs and Driving Committee.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, February 6, 2007, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (impaired driving) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Evan Graham made a statement and answered questions.


Marthe Dalpé-Scott made a statement and answered questions.


At 10:39 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:41 a.m., the sitting resumed.

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

It was agreed, — That the Committee proceed to the clause by clause study of Bill C-32 on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Larry Bagnell moved, — That, given the unprecedented occurrence of inadequately thought out and designed legislation, often contrary to the intended results, and therefore requiring defeat or major rewriting and redrafting, and excessively lengthy drawn out Committee and witness work (at taxpayers expense), the Committee embark on a study of the policy development process for the Justice Bills brought forward by the new Government.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 4.


At 10:59 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/06/14 3:14 p.m.