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Meeting No. 3
Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 11:02 a.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, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore and Daniel Petit.


Acting Members present: Hon. Sue Barnes for Hon. Marlene Jennings and Michael Savage for Derek Lee.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst.


Appearing: Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: John H. Sims, Deputy Minister and Deputy Attorney General of Canada; Donald J. Rennie, Barrister and Soliciter, Senior General Counsel, Civil Litigation Section.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(5), the Committee commenced consideration of the Supplementary Estimates (A) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008: Votes 1a, 5a, 20a, 30a and 35a under JUSTICE, referred to the Committee on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.

The Chair called Vote 1 under JUSTICE.


The Minister made a statement and with John Sims and Donald J. Rennie answered questions.


At 12:45 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:48 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The Committee proceeded to Committee Business in camera.

Rob Moore moved, — That the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights do a full review of the issue of impaired driving including consideration of: the advisability of lowering the criminal Blood Alcohol Concentration limits; innovative approaches in use in other countries, such as Randomized Breath Testing; the implications of advances in technology to enforce the laws; the Criminal Code sanctions for impaired driving and how they interrelate with provincial licensing measures.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.


At 12:59 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2007/11/28 10:19 a.m.