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Meeting No. 38
Monday, October 19, 2009

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 3:34 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Ed Fast, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Joe Comartin, Ed Fast, Hon. Marlene Jennings, Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Marc Lemay, Serge Ménard, Rob Moore, Rick Norlock, Daniel Petit, Brent Rathgeber and Stephen Woodworth.


Acting Members present: Hon. Larry Bagnell for Brian Murphy.


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


Appearing: Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: Catherine Kane, Acting Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; John Giokas, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Thursday, June 18, 2009, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code.

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

The Chair called Clause 2.


The Minister made a statement and, with Catherine Kane and John Giokas, answered questions.


At 4:45 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:52 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $20,150, in relation to the study on the review of the Canadian Human Rights Act (Section 13) be adopted.


The Committee resumed consideration of the motion of Serge Ménard, — That the Committee conduct an in-depth study of the Cinar case, including the allegations of political interference, to learn why no criminal action was taken against the key players and that the Committee report its comments and recommendations to the House.


The Chair ruled the motion inadmissible as it exceeded the scope of the Committee's mandate.


Whereupon, Serge Ménard appealed the decision of the Chair.

The question: "Shall the decision of the Chair be sustained?" was put and the decision was sustained on the following recorded division:YEAS: Larry Bagnell, Joe Comartin, Marlene Jennings, Rob Moore, Rick Norlock, Daniel Petit, Brent Rathgeber, Stephen Woodworth — 8; NAYS: Marc Lemay, Serge Ménard — 2.

The Chair's decision was sustained as the question was not negatived.


At 5:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2010/02/11 1:48 p.m.