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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 131
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8:52 a.m. to 9:37 a.m.
Televised
Presiding
Anthony Housefather, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Olivier Champagne, Legislative Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
• Chloé Forget, Analyst
Department of Justice
• Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector
• Paula Clarke, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, October 29, 2018, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-84, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bestiality and animal fighting).

The witnesses answered questions.

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

The Chair called Clause 1.

On Clause 1,

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith moved, — That Bill C-84, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing line 6 on page 1 with the following:

“(4) The court may, in addition to any other sentence that it may impose under any of subsections (1) to (3),

(a) make an order prohibiting the accused from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal during any period that the court considers appropriate but, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, for a minimum of five years; and

(b) on application of the Attorney General or on its own motion, order that the accused pay to a person or an organization that has taken care of an animal as a result of the commission of the offence the reasonable costs that the person or organization incurred in respect of the animal, if the costs are readily ascertainable.

(5) Every person who contravenes an order made under paragraph (4)(a) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(6) Sections 740 to 741.2 apply, with any modifications that the circumstances require, to orders made under paragraph (4)(b).

(7) In this section, bestiality means any contact, for a”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and it was agreed to.

Clause 1, as amended, carried.

Clause 2 carried.

On Clause 3,

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Committee on Monday, May 2, 2016, the following amendment, submitted by Elizabeth May for the consideration of the Committee, was deemed moved:

That Bill C-84, in Clause 3, be amended by adding after line 2 on page 2 the following:

“(2) Subsection 447(3) of the Act is repealed.”

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Elizabeth May and it was agreed to.

Clause 3, as amended, carried.

On new Clause 4,

Michael Cooper moved, — That Bill C-84 be amended by adding after line 2 on page 2 the following new clause:

“4 The definition designated offence in subsection 490.011(1) of the Act is amended by adding the following after subparagraph (a)(vi):

(vi.01) subsection 160(1) (bestiality),”

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

The Title carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The Bill, as amended, carried by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

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

ORDERED, — That Bill C-84, as amended, be reprinted for the use of the House at report stage.

At 9:26 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:31 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

It was agreed, — That the appearance by the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould regarding the study of remediation agreements, the Shawcross Doctrine and the discussions between the Office of the Attorney General and government colleagues take precedence over the scheduled study of Bill C-417, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (disclosure of information by jurors), on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, provided that the latter be considered immediately after her appearance.

It was agreed, — That the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould be given the choice of appearing on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, or Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at a time that is convenient to her.

It was agreed, — That, in regard to the study of remediation agreements, the Shawcross Doctrine and the discussions between the Office of the Attorney General and government colleagues, the following persons be invited to appear, as required: Peter Hogg, Kent Roach and Maxime St Hilaire.

At 9:37 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee