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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 9
 
Thursday, December 13, 2007
 

The Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development met at 5:52 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Barry Devolin, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Harold Albrecht, Rod Bruinooge, Jean Crowder, Barry Devolin, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Tina Keeper, Marc Lemay, Yvon Lévesque, Hon. Anita Neville, Todd Norman Russell, Brian Storseth and Chris Warkentin.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Mary Hurley, Analyst. House of Commons: Mike MacPherson, Legislative Clerk.

 

Witnesses: Department of Justice: Jim Hendry, General Counsel, Human Rights Law Section; Charles Pryce, Senior Counsel, Aboriginal Law and Strategic Policy; Martin Reiher, Senior Counsel, Operations and Programs Section.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, November 13, 2007, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act.
 

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

 

On new Clause 1.1.

 
The Committee resumed consideration of the amendment of Jean Crowder, — That Bill C-21 be amended by adding after line 5 on page 1 the following new clause:

“1.1 The repeal of section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act shall not be construed so as to abrogate or derogate from any aboriginal, treaty or other rights or freedoms that pertain to the First Nations peoples of Canada, including

(a) any rights or freedoms that have been recognized by the Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763;

(b) any rights or freedoms that now exist by way of land claims agreements or may be so acquired; and

(c) any rights or freedoms recognized under the customary laws or traditions of the First Nations peoples of Canada.”

 

and of the subamendment of Chris Warkentin, — That the amendment be amended by deleting section (c).

The debate continued.

 

The question was put on the subamendment of Chris Warkentin and it was negatived on the following recorded division: YEAS: Harold Albrecht, Rod Bruinooge, Brian Storseth, Chris Warkentin — 4; NAYS : Jean Crowder, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Tina Keeper, Marc Lemay, Yvon Lévesque, Anita Neville, Todd Norman Russell — 7.

 
The Committee resumed consideration of the amendment of Jean Crowder, — That Bill C-21 be amended by adding after line 5 on page 1 the following new clause:

“1.1 The repeal of section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act shall not be construed so as to abrogate or derogate from any aboriginal, treaty or other rights or freedoms that pertain to the First Nations peoples of Canada, including

(a) any rights or freedoms that have been recognized by the Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763;

(b) any rights or freedoms that now exist by way of land claims agreements or may be so acquired; and

(c) any rights or freedoms recognized under the customary laws or traditions of the First Nations peoples of Canada.”

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Jean Crowder and it was agreed to on the following recorded division: YEAS: Jean Crowder, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Tina Keeper, Marc Lemay, Yvon Lévesque, Anita Neville, Todd Norman Russell — 7; NAYS: Harold Albrecht, Rod Bruinooge, Brian Storseth, Chris Warkentin — 4.

 

Marc Lemay moved, — That the Committee do now adjourn.

 

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division: YEAS: Jean Crowder, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Tina Keeper, Marc Lemay, Yvon Lévesque, Anita Neville, Todd Norman Russell — 7; NAYS: Harold Albrecht, Rod Bruinooge, Brian Storseth, Chris Warkentin — 4.

 

At 6:07 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Bonnie Charron
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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