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Meeting No. 30
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 308, 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 and Brent Rathgeber.


Acting Members present: Rob Anders for Brian Storseth.


In attendance: House of Commons: Mike MacPherson, Legislative Clerk. Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst.


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

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, May 6, 2009, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (auto theft and trafficking in property obtained by crime).

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


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


The Chair called Clause 1.


Clause 1 carried.


On Clause 2,

Réal Ménard moved, — That Bill C-26, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing lines 6 to 8 on page 2 with the following:

“years; or”


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Réal Ménard and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 6.

Rob Moore moved, — That Bill C-26, in Clause 2, be amended

(a) by replacing line 8 on page 2 with the following:

“case of a third or subsequent offence under this subsection; or”

(b) by replacing lines 15 and 16 on page 2 with the following:

“to be an earlier offence whether it was prosecuted by indictment or by way of summary conviction proceedings.”


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Rob Moore and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 8; NAYS: 2.


Clause 2, as amended, carried on division.


The Chair called Clause 3.


Debate arose thereon.


By unanimous consent, Clauses 3 to 11 inclusive carried severally.


The Title carried.


The Bill, as amended, carried on division.


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


ORDERED, — That Bill C-26, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House at report stage.


At 3:58 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:05 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, February 9, 2009, the Committee resumed its study of the comprehensive review of matters related to impaired driving.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.


It was agreed on division, — That the draft report, as amended, be adopted.


It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and analyst be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.


It was agreed, — That the Chair or his designate, present the report to the House.


It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.


It was agreed, — That the Clerk of the Committee make the necessary arrangements for a press conference to be held after the tabling of the Committee’s report to the House on impaired driving; and that a news release be prepared and distributed.


It was agreed, — That the Committee append to its report a dissenting opinion from Joe Comartin of the NDP, provided that it is no more than 5 pages in length and submitted electronically to the Clerk of the Committee, no later than 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.


At 5:30 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2009/06/18 2:43 p.m.