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Meeting No. 18
Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Larry Bagnell, Blaine Calkins, Joe Comartin, Rick Dykstra, Art Hanger, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore, Brian Murphy and Daniel Petit.


Acting Members present: Serge Ménard for Carole Freeman.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst. House of Commons: Miriam Burke, Procedural Clerk; Mike MacPherson, Legislative Clerk.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, November 28, 2007, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-426, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act (protection of journalistic sources and search warrants).

On motion of Rob Moore, it was agreed, — Whereas the House of Commons, on Monday, March 3, 2008 passed a motion referring the nomination of Brian Saunders as Director of Public Prosecutions to the House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights for review; Be it resolved that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights undertake this review on Wednesday March 12, 2008, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at which time Brian Saunders will be invited to testify.


The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 16:44 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 16:48 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That clause-by-clause of Bill C-426 be postponed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, November 27, 2007, the Committee resumed its study of the comprehensive review of matters related to Impaired Driving.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of a draft report.


At 5:19 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Erica Pereira
Committee Clerk

2008/03/27 12:30 p.m.