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Meeting No. 12
Monday, March 30, 2009

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Ed Fast, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Joe Comartin, Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh, Ed Fast, Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Réal Ménard, Rob Moore, Brian Murphy, Rick Norlock, Daniel Petit, Brent Rathgeber and Brian Storseth.


Acting Members present: Louis Plamondon for Marc Lemay.


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


Appearing: Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: William C. Bartlett, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Matthew Taylor, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Thursday, March 26, 2009, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (organized crime and protection of justice system participants).

The Chair called Clause 1.


The Minister made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


At 4:32 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:35 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That, the proposed budget in the amount of $ 80, 924, for the Committee’s travel to Vancouver for the study on the State of Organized Crime be adopted and submitted to the Budget Subcommittee of the Liaison Committee .


It was agreed, — That, given the urgent nature of the Committee’s study on the State of Organized Crime in cities across Canada, the Committee travel to four (4) additional cities at a date which is yet to be determined, and that the Chair submit further requests to travel once locations and dates have been determined by the Committee.


It was agreed, — That, the Committee emphasize the serious need for the Members to show support to the affected communities by their presence and remind the House Leadership that the Justice Committee has not undertaken significant travel since April 2003, with the exception of two one-day trips; one in November 2006 to Toronto and one in February 2007 within Ottawa to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters.


It was agreed, — That, the Committee hear witnesses on Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (organized crime and protection of justice system participants) on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, and Monday, April 20, 2009, and that the Committee proceed to clause-by-clause following the witnesses on Monday, April 20, 2009.


At 5:31 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2009/04/03 7:26 a.m.