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Meeting No. 52
Monday, March 7, 2011

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Ed Fast, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Joe Comartin, Bob Dechert, Ed Fast, Hon. Marlene Jennings, Derek Lee, Marc Lemay, Serge Ménard, Brian Murphy, Rick Norlock, Daniel Petit, Brent Rathgeber and Stephen Woodworth.


Acting Members present: Yves Lessard for Marc Lemay.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst. House of Commons: Mariane Beaudin, Committee Clerk.


Witnesses: Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, President; Sylvie Godin, Vice-President. Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime: Heidi Illingworth, Executive Director. Government of Nova Scotia: Ronald MacDonald, Senior Crown Counsel and Criminal Law Policy Advisor, Policy, Planning and Research, Department of Justice. Government of Alberta: Joshua Hawkes, Director of Policy, Appeals, Education and Policy Branch, Department of Justice and Attorney General. Government of Manitoba: David Greening, Executive Director, Policy Development and Analysis, Department of Justice.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, May 3, 2010, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Sylvie Godin and Heidi Illingworth made statements and answered questions.

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

The Chair presented the Ninth Report of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Prodedure.

The Report of the Subcommittee was concurred in as follows:

Your Subcommittee met on Monday, March 7, 2011, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. On Bill C-4

That, on Monday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 23, 2011, the Committee resume consideration of Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts, and invite witnesses to appear; and

That, the Committee proceed to clause-by-clause consideration on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 (subject to Committee confirmation).

2. On Organized Crime

That, on Monday, March 28, 2011, the Committee resume consideration of a draft report on Organized Crime.


At 4:33 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:36 p.m., the sitting resumed.


The Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-4.


Ronald MacDonald, Joshua Hawkes and David Greening made statements and answered questions.


At 5:29 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2011/03/22 8:51 a.m.