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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 9
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 8:33 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
In Camera
Presiding
Anthony Housefather, Chair (Liberal)

• Bill Blair (Liberal)
• Sean Casey (Liberal)
Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
• Christine Morris, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, —That the Second Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows, be concurred in as amended:

That, with respect to Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying):

a) the Committee begin a subject matter study of the bill beginning on Monday, May 2, 2016, if the Bill itself has not yet been referred to Committee;
b) if Bill C-14 is referred to the Committee by the House during the subject matter study, all evidence and documentation received in public in relation to its subject matter study of Bill C-14 be deemed received by the Committee in the context of its legislative study of Bill C-14;
c) the invited witnesses limit testimony to suggested amendments to the text of the bill so as to not replicate the work of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying;
d) the Committee, in addition to its regular meetings, proceed to sit outside its timeslot on Monday, May 2, 2016, through Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to hear witness testimony and then on Monday, May 9, 2016, through Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. as necessary in order to complete clause-by-clause consideration;
e) the Committee proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-14 on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.;
f) amendments be submitted to the clerk of the Committee no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2016, for inclusion in the package of amendments, however this does not preclude any member from submitting additional amendments before or during the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill;
g) the package of amendments be distributed to all members on Friday, May 6, 2016;
h) briefs submitted shall be no longer than three (3) pages.

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $39,600, for the study of Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), be adopted.

At 8:44 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 8:49 a.m., the sitting resumed in public.

As individuals
• Michel Bastarache, Legal Counsel
• Eric Maldoff, Lawyer
Court Challenges Program of Canada
• Kathleen Tansey, Vice-President of the Board of Directors
• Frank Verrillo, Board Member
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
• Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages
• Johane Tremblay, General Counsel, Legal Affairs Branch
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the Committee resumed its study of the Access to the Justice System.

Eric Maldoff, Hon. Michel Bastarache and Kathleen Tansey made statements and, with Frank Verrillo, answered questions.

At 10:06 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

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

Graham Fraser made a statement and, with Johane Tremblay, answered questions.

At 10:45 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michael MacPherson
Clerk of the Committee