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Meeting No. 9
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Art Hanger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Larry Bagnell, Blaine Calkins, Rick Dykstra, Carole Freeman, Art Hanger, Hon. Marlene Jennings, Derek Lee, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore and Daniel Petit.


Acting Members present: Libby Davies for Joe Comartin and Hon. Dominic LeBlanc for Brian Murphy.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst. House of Commons: Erica Pereira, Committee Clerk.


Witnesses: House of Commons: Chris Warkentin, M.P., Peace River. Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Michel Aubin, Acting Director General, Drugs and Organized Crime; Doug Culver, Sergeant, Chemical Diversion Unit. Department of Justice: Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, October 16, 2007, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-428, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine).

Chris Warkentin and Michel Aubin each made an opening statement and, with Greg Yost and Doug Culver, answered questions.


The Committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.


On Clause 1,

Rob Moore moved, — That Bill C-428, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing lines 7 to 13 on page 1 with the following:

7.1 (1) No person shall possess, produce, sell or import anything knowing that it will be used to produce or traffic in a substance referred to in item 18 of Schedule I.

(2) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years.


A point of order was raised regarding the procedural admissibility of the proposed amendment.


The Chair ruled the proposed amendment admissible.


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Rob Moore and it was agreed to.


Clause 1, as amended, carried.


The Title carried.


The Bill, as amended, carried.


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


ORDERED, — That Bill C-428, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House at report stage.


At 5:04 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2008/04/15 10:12 a.m.