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Meeting No. 79
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 6:01 p.m. this day, in Room 209, 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, Brian Murphy and Daniel Petit.


Acting Members present: Jean Crowder for Joe Comartin and Mike Wallace for Myron Thompson.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Laura Barnett, Analyst. House of Commons: Mike MacPherson, Legislative Clerk.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: Hal Pruden, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

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.

The Committee resumed clause-by-clause consideration on Clause 8 of the Bill.


The witnesses answered questions.


After debate, Clause 8, as amended, carried on the following recorded division: YEAS: Jean Crowder, Rick Dykstra, Carole Freeman, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore, Brian Murphy, Daniel Petit, Mike Wallace — 9; NAYS: Larry Bagnell, Marlene Jennings — 2.


Clause 9 carried.


On Clause 10,

Réal Ménard moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 10, be amended

(a) by replacing lines 18 to 21 on page 14 with the following:

“10. (1) Subsection 259(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

259. (1) When an offender is convicted of an offence committed under section 253”

(b) by deleting lines 13 to 21 on page 15.


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Réal Ménard and it was agreed to.


Clause 10, as amended, carried.


Clause 11 carried.


On new Clause 11.1,

Larry Bagnell moved, — That Bill C-32 be amended by adding after line 15 on page 16 the following new clause:

“11.1 A committee designated or established by Parliament for the purpose of this section shall, not later than five years after the day on which this Act comes into force, undertake a comprehensive review of its provisions and the effect of its implementation, and shall, within six months after the review is undertaken, submit a report to Parliament thereon including a statement of any changes the committee would recommend.”

Debate arose thereon.


Réal Ménard moved, — That the amendment be amended by replacing the words “its provisions and the effect of its implementation,” with the words “the provisions of the Criminal Code with respect to impaired driving, including any regulations related thereto,”


After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Réal Ménard and it was agreed to.


New Clause 11.1, as amended, carried.


Clause 12 carried.


By unanimous consent, Clauses 13 to 15 inclusive carried.


On Clause 16,

Réal Ménard moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 16, be amended by deleting lines 15 to 32 on page 20.


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Réal Ménard and it was agreed to.


Clause 16, as amended, carried.


The Title carried.


The Bill, as amended, carried on division.


ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill, as amended, to the House.


ORDERED, — That Bill C-32, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House at report stage.


At 6:49 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Diane Diotte
Clerk of the Committee

2007/06/21 3:58 p.m.