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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 30
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 11:20 a.m. to 1:23 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Iqra Khalid, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Lyne Casavant, Analyst
• Julia Nicol, Analyst
• Dana Phillips, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

The Chair presented the Third Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows:

Your subcommittee met on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, to consider the business of the committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the committee not hold a meeting on Thursday, April 22, 2021;

2. That, notwithstanding any previous decision, the committee proceed with its study of the impact of COVID-19 on the judicial system by holding two meetings; one on Tuesday, April 27, and one on Thursday, April 29, 2021, provided that the recognized parties revise their previously established lists of witness for this study by identifying four priority witnesses in the case of the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party, and two priority witnesses in the case of the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party;

3. That the committee proceed with its study of elder abuse by holding four meetings; one each on Thursday, May 6, Tuesday, May 11, Thursday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 25, 2021; that in connection with this study, the recognized parties submit their prioritized lists of witnesses to the clerk by Wednesday, April 28, 2021, provided that the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party identify at least eight witnesses each, and the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party identify four each; and

4. That Tuesday, May 4, 2021, be set aside for a meeting of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.

It was agreed, — That the Third Report from the subcommittee be concurred in.

Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19
• Hon. J. Michael MacDonald, Former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia and of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
• Renée Thériault, Executive Legal Officer, Chamber of Chief Justice Richard Wagner, Supreme Court of Canada
The Canadian Bar Association
• Jody Berkes, Chair, Criminal Justice Section
Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association
• Hon. Madam Justice Mona Lynch, Secretary
• Hon. Madam Justice Kristine Eidsvik, Board of Directors
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
• Emilie Coyle, Executive Director
Canadian Juries Commission
• Mark Farrant, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
• Heidi Illingworth, Ombudsman
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the committee commenced its study of the impact of COVID-19 on the judicial system.

Renée Thériault, J. Michael MacDonald, Jody Berkes, Mona Lynch and Kristine Eidsvik made statements and answered questions.

At 11:55 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:37 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Emilie Coyle, Mark Farrant and Heidi Illingworth made statements and answered questions.

At 1:23 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee