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Meeting No. 20
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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


Members of the Committee present: Joe Comartin, Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh, Ed Fast, Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Marc Lemay, 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: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst; Lyne Casavant, Analyst.


Appearing: Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: John H. Sims, Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister and Deputy Attorney General's Office. Public Prosecution Service of Canada: Brian J. Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Department of Justice: Catherine Kane, Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Matthias Villetorte, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the Main Estimates 2009-2010: Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 50 under JUSTICE referred to the Committee on Thursday, February 26, 2009.

The Chair called Vote 1 under JUSTICE.


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


By unanimous consent, the Chair called Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 50 under JUSTICE.


Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 50 JUSTICE carried, on division.


ORDERED, — That the Chair report Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 50, less the amounts voted in Interim Supply, under JUSTICE to the House.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, April 20, 2009, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (limiting credit for time spent in pre-sentencing custody).

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of Clause 1 was postponed.

The Chair called Clause 2.


The Minister made a statement and answered questions.


At 5:16 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:19 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

The Chair presented the Fourth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

Your Subcommittee met on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

On Bill C-15:

That the Committee hold two (2) additional meetings for hearing witnesses on May 11 and 13 and that the Committee proceed to clause by clause consideration on May 27 and;

That, Members submit their proposed amendments on the Bill to the Clerk no later than Monday, May 25.

On Bill C-25:

That the Committee invite the Minister to appear on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, and that on Monday, May 25, 2009, the Committee hold one meeting in order to hear witnesses and that the Committee proceed to clause by clause consideration on Monday, June 1, 2009.

On Bill C-268:

That the Committee hold one one-hour session for hearing witnesses on June 1, 2009, and a second one-hour session for clause by clause consideration on a date to be determined.

On Organized Crime:

That the Committee consider an interim draft report on a date to be determined.

That on August 10-12, the Committee travel to Montreal and Halifax in relation to its study on Organized Crime.

On Declaring Certain Groups Criminal Organizations:

That the Committee hear witnesses on Tuesday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


It was agreed, — That the report of the Subcommittee be concurred in.


At 5:35 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2009/05/12 3:33 p.m.