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Meeting No. 55
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 3:33 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Ed Fast, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Joe Comartin, 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: Steven Blaney for Bob Dechert and France Bonsant for Serge Ménard.


Associate Members present: Jacques Gourde.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst.


Witnesses: As an individual: Susan Reid, Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice and director, Centre for Research on Youth at Risk, St. Thomas University. Canadian Crime Victim Foundation: Joseph Wamback, Co-founder and Chair; Lozanne Wamback, Co-Founder and Director. As an individual: Gordon Penner. UNICEF Canada: Marvin Bernstein, Chief Advisor, Advocacy. Association of Families of Persons Assassinated or Disappeared: Bruno Serre, Board Member and Group Leader of family meetings. As individuals: Manjit Virk; Suman Virk.

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.

Susan Reid, Joseph Wamback and Gordon Penner, by videoconference from Burnaby, British Columbia, made statements and answered questions.


At 4:23 p.m., by unanimous consent and pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), it was agreed that the Committee continue to sit for fifteen minutes while the bells to call in the members for a recorded division were ringing.


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

At 5:12 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Marvin Bernstein, Bruno Serre and Suman Virk and Manjit Virk, by videoconference from Victoria, British Columbia, made statements.


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


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2011/03/29 8:57 a.m.