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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 140
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 8:47 a.m. to 10:49 a.m.
In Camera
Anthony Housefather, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Paul Cardegna, Procedural Clerk
• Philippe Dufresne, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
• Chloé Forget, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That one extra Member from the New Democratic Party, from the Conservative Party of Canada, and from each non-recognized political party, be allowed to be present.

It was agreed, — That Tracey Ramsey be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.

At 9:04 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:17 a.m., the sitting resumed.

At 9:23 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:26 a.m., the sitting resumed.

At 9:33 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:34 a.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — Whereas: (a) Canadians have witnessed an increase in hate crimes since 2009, including a 47% increase between 2016 and 2017, (b) police-reported hate crimes motived by race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation have all increased, (c) non-violent crimes, such as public incitement of hatred, played a greater role in the increase than violent hate crimes, (d) the Canadian Human Rights Act does not include any mention of telecommunications and the internet since section 13 of the Act was struck down by the previous Parliament, (e) according to Statistics Canada, nearly all Canadians under the age of 45 use the internet everyday, (f) there continues to be worldwide discussions on how to better mitigate the incitement of hatred through online platforms; that the Committee undertake a study on how potential amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Criminal Code, or any other Act, could help stem the propagation of hateful acts and enticement of hate such as racism, sexism, antisemitism, islamophobia, or homophobia, through online platforms, provided that: (a) the witness list be composed of, but not limited to, major online platforms in use in Canada, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Reddit, (b) the Committee should be allowed to travel to hear from vulnerable groups throughout the country, and (c) the Committee present its observations and recommendations to the House.

It was agreed, — That suggested witnesses for the study of online hatred be submitted to the Clerk of the Committee no later than Tuesday, April 2, 2019, provided that such suggestions are to be considered on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

It was agreed, — That all Members of the House of Commons and Senators be invited to submit written briefs as part of the study of online hatred.

At 9:44 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:45 a.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That, with respect to the motion passed on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, for meetings entitled “Remediation Agreements, the Shawcross Doctrine and the Discussions Between the Office of the Attorney General and Government Colleagues” related to SNC-Lavalin, the Committee having heard from ten witnesses at public televised meetings, that relevant witnesses having had the opportunity to testify within the scope of the motion with the waiver of relevant privilege and confidences, and the objectives of the motion having been met, that therefore the Committee consider the meetings on this topic to be concluded.

At 10:46 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:47 a.m., the sitting resumed.

At 10:49 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee