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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 56
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
 

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 268, The Valour Building, the Chair, Mike Wallace, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Françoise Boivin, Blaine Calkins, Sean Casey, Bob Dechert, Robert Goguen, Ève Péclet, Kyle Seeback, Mike Wallace and David Wilks.

 

Acting Members present: Hon. Lawrence MacAulay for Sean Casey and Philip Toone for Pierre Jacob.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Sandra Gruescu, Analyst; Dominique Valiquet, Analyst.

 

Witnesses: Hon. Bob Runciman, Senator. Corneliu Chisu, M.P., Pickering—Scarborough East. Department of Justice: Pamela Arnott, Director and Senior Counsel, Policy Centre for Victim Issues; Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section; Matthew Taylor, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section. Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Daryl Churney, Director, Corrections Policy; Christy Hitchcock, Senior Policy Analyst, Corrections Policy Unit, Corrections and Criminal Justice Directorate. Metro Vancouver Transit Police: Neil Dubord, Chief. Canadian Urban Transit Association: Michael Roschlau, President and Chief Executive Officer.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill S-221, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (assaults against public transit operators).
 

The Hon. Bob Runciman, Michael Roschlau and Neil Dubord, by videoconference from Burnaby, British Columbia, made statements and, with Matthew Taylor, answered questions.

 

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

 

Clause 1 carried.

 

The Title carried.

 

The Bill carried.

 

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

 

At 4:28 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:32 p.m., the sitting resumed.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Friday, June 20, 2014, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-32, An Act to enact the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and to amend certain Acts.
 

Pamela Arnott answered questions.

 

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

 

By unanimous consent, Clauses 31 to 34 inclusive carried severally.

 

On Clause 35,

Sean Casey moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 35, be amended by replacing line 24 on page 29 with the following:

“• an opinion”

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Sean Casey and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 6.

 
Sean Casey moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 35, be amended by replacing line 26 on page 32 with the following:

“• an opinion”

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Sean Casey and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 6.

 

By unanimous consent, Clauses 36 to 42 inclusive carried severally.

 

On new Clause 42.1,

Robert Goguen moved, — That Bill C-32 be amended by adding after line 40 on page 38 the following new clause:

“42.1 The amendment to paragraph 718.2(e) of the Act made by section 24 of this Act applies only in respect of sentences imposed in respect of conduct engaged in on or after the day on which that section 24 comes into force. ”

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Robert Goguen and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 43 carried.

 

Clause 44 carried.

 

On Clause 45,

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-32, in Clause 45, be amended by replacing lines 29 and 30 on page 39 with the following:

“of the victim's death cohabiting with them, having so cohabited”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 0; NAYS: 6.

 

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-32, in Clause 45, be amended by adding after line 38 on page 39 the following:

“(f) any other individual who a court has, on application by that individual, determined to be an appropriate individual to exercise the victim’s rights on behalf of the victim.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 0; NAYS: 6.

 

Clause 45 carried.

 

On Clause 46,

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-32, in Clause 46, be amended by replacing line 25 on page 40 with the following:

“safety of the public or of the offender:”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 0; NAYS: 5.

 

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-32, in Clause 46, be amended by replacing line 5 on page 41 with the following:

“the public or of the offender:”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 0; NAYS: 5.

 

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-32, in Clause 46, be amended by replacing line 7 on page 41 with the following:

“corted temporary absence or escorted temporary absence,”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 2; NAYS: 5.

 

Clause 46 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 47 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 48 carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 0.

 

On Clause 49,

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-32, in Clause 49, be amended by replacing lines 37 and 38 on page 43 with the following:

“49. (1) Section 140 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (4):

(4.1) Despite subsection (4) but subject to subsection (5), the victim of an offence shall be permitted to attend as an observer at a hearing relating to the offender, subject to such conditions as the Board or the person referred to in subsection (4) considers appropriate, unless the Board or the person is satisfied that one or more of the possible situations described in subsection (4) is likely to exist.

(2) Subsection 140(6) of the Act is repealed.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 0; NAYS: 5.

 

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-32, in Clause 49, be amended by replacing lines 24 to 26 on page 44 with the following:

“subsection 142(3), is entitled,”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 0; NAYS: 5.

 

Clause 49 carried.

 

By unanimous consent, Clauses 50 to 57 inclusive carried severally.

 

On Clause 58,

Robert Goguen moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 58, be amended by replacing lines 8 and 9 on page 48 with the following:

information referred to in paragraph (1)(c) before the day on which the

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Robert Goguen and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

 

Clause 58, as amended, carried.

 

On Clause 60,

Françoise Boivin moved, — That Bill C-32, in Clause 60, be amended by replacing line 10 on page 49 with the following:

“into force 180 days after the day on which this”

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Françoise Boivin and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 5.

 

Clause 60 carried on the following recorded division: YEAS: Blaine Calkins, Bob Dechert, Robert Goguen, Kyle Seeback, David Wilks — 5; NAYS: Françoise Boivin, Lawrence MacAulay, Ève Péclet, Philip Toone — 4.

 

Clause 1, Short Title, carried.

 

The Title carried.

 

The Bill, as amended, carried on the following recorded division: YEAS: Françoise Boivin, Blaine Calkins, Bob Dechert, Robert Goguen, Lawrence MacAulay, Ève Péclet, Kyle Seeback, Philip Toone, David Wilks — 9; NAYS: — 0.

 

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

 

ORDERED, — That Bill C-32, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House at report stage.

 

At 5:01 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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