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Meeting No. 19
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 3:29 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


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


Acting Members present: Ed Komarnicki for Rick Dykstra and Ed Komarnicki for Art Hanger.


Associate Members present: Richard Harris and Myron Thompson.


Other Members present: Paul Szabo.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst. House of Commons: James M. Latimer, Procedural Clerk.


Appearing: Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: William C. Bartlett, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Christopher Ram, Legal Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, January 30, 2008, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (identity theft and related misconduct).

It was agreed, — That the Committee proceed to Committee Business at 5:00 p.m.


The Chair called Clause 1.


The Minister made a statement and, with William C. Bartlett, answered questions.


At 5:01 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:03 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That the Committee proceed to sit in public.


At 5:11 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:12 p.m., the sitting resumed in public.


Dominic LeBlanc moved, — That, in order to determine whether Section 119 of the Criminal Code and Section 41 of the Parliament of Canada Act currently serve as effective deterrents in preventing attempts to bribe Members of Parliament, this Committee hold additional meetings specifically for the purpose of conducting an immediate study into allegations that Chuck Cadman was offered financial inducements in exchange for voting with the Conservatives in the House of Commons.



The Chair ruled the motion inadmissible as it was beyond the scope of the mandate of the Committee.


Whereupon, Réal Ménard appealed the decision of the Chair.

The Chair left the chair.


The Vice-Chair, Brian Murphy, took the Chair.


Derek Lee moved, — That the Committee do now adjourn.


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


At 5:26 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2008/04/09 2:20 p.m.