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Meeting No. 7
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met in a televised session at 8:46 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Dave MacKenzie, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Françoise Boivin, Hon. Irwin Cotler, Robert Goguen, Jack Harris, Pierre Jacob, Brian Jean, Dave MacKenzie, Brent Rathgeber, Kyle Seeback and Stephen Woodworth.


Acting Members present: Hélène LeBlanc for Kennedy Stewart, David Wilks for Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay and Wai Young for Brian Jean.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Robin MacKay, Analyst; Julia Nicol, Analyst.


Witnesses: As individuals: Nicholas Bala, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Queen's University; Line Lacasse; Victor Comras, Attorney at Law, Comras and Comras, PA. Association des centres jeunesse du Québec: Michèle Goyette, Director, Special Services and Services to Young Offenders, Centre jeunesse de Montréal - Institut universitaire; Pierre Hamel, Director-Advice, Legal Affairs. Canadian Centre for International Justice: Jayne Stoyles, Executive Director. Canadian Coalition Against Terror: Maureen Basnicki, Founder Director; Jacques Shore, Legal Counsel. Kids' Internet Safety Alliance - KINSA: Paul Gillespie, President and Chief Executive Officer; Kim Chisholm, Project Manager. Parents-Secours du Québec inc.: Pierre Chalifoux, General Manager.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, September 28, 2011, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-10, An Act to enact the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and to amend the State Immunity Act, the Criminal Code, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other Acts.

Pierre Hamel, Pierre Chalifoux, Nicholas Bala et Line Lacasse made statements and, with Michèle Goyette, answered questions.


At 9:47 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:53 a.m., the sitting resumed.


Maureen Basnicki, Jane Stoyles, Paul Gillespie, and Victor Comras by videoconference, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made statement statements and, with Kim Chisholm, answered questions.


At 10:40 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:43 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That the Minister of Justice of Québec be invited to appear on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.


It was agreed, — That Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator, Office of the Correctional Investigation, be invited to appear on Thursday, November 3, 2011.


At 10:51 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

2011/10/27 11:39 a.m.