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Meeting No. 35
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 11:02 a.m. this day, in Room 306, La Promenade Building, the Chair, Dave MacKenzie, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Françoise Boivin, Raymond Côté, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Robert Goguen, Pierre Jacob, Brian Jean, Dave MacKenzie, Brent Rathgeber, Craig Scott, Kyle Seeback and Stephen Woodworth.


Acting Members present: Joyce Murray for Hon. Irwin Cotler.


In attendance: House of Commons: Lucie Tardif-Carpentier, Legislative Clerk. Library of Parliament: Cynthia Kirkby, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst.


Witnesses: As individuals: James Stribopoulos, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School School, York University; Patrick Webb, Former Member, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-309, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (concealment of identity).

James Stribopoulos, by videoconference from Toronto, Ontario, and Patrick Webb made statements and answered questions.


At 12:00 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:05 p.m., the sitting resumed.


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


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

The Chair called Clause 2.


On Clause 2,

Françoise Boivin moved, — That Bill C-309, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing lines 10 to 13 on page 1 with the following:

“(2) Every one who, with intent to commit an offence under subsection (1), has his or her face masked or coloured or is otherwise disguised is guilty of an indictable offence”

Debate arose thereon.


At 12:59 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

2012/05/08 4:05 p.m.