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Meeting No. 2
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 9:19 a.m. this day, in Room 228, La Promenade Building, the Chair, Dave MacKenzie, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Charmaine Borg, Joe Comartin, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Robert Goguen, Brian Jean, Dave MacKenzie, Brent Rathgeber, Kyle Seeback, Kennedy Stewart and Stephen Woodworth.


Acting Members present: Ted Hsu for Hon. Irwin Cotler and Philip Toone for Pierre Jacob.


Other Members present: Elizabeth May.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Lyne Casavant, Analyst; Julia Nicol, Analyst. House of Commons: Mike MacPherson, Legislative Clerk; Alexandre Roger, Procedural Clerk.


Appearing: Hon. Rob Nicholson, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.


Witnesses: Department of Justice: Catherine Kane, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Anouk Desaulniers, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section. Association of Justice Counsel: Marco Mendicino, President.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Thursday, June 16, 2011, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mega-trials).

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

The Chair called Clause 2.


The Minister and Marco Mendicino made statements and, with Anouk Desaulniers, answered questions.


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


Clause 2 carried.


Clause 3 carried.


Clause 4 carried.


Clause 5 carried.


Clause 6 carried.


Clause 7 carried.


By unanimous consent, Clauses 8 to 17 inclusive carried severally.


The Short Title carried.


The Title carried on the following recorded division: YEAS: Charmaine Borg, Joe Comartin, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Robert Goguen, Brian Jean, Brent Rathgeber, Kyle Seeback, Kennedy Stewart, Philip Toone, Stephen Woodworth — 10; NAYS: Ted Hsu — 1.


The Bill carried.


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


At 10:17 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

2011/09/20 12:55 p.m.