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View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the special meeting of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
We are here to study the nomination of the Honourable Nicholas Kasirer to the Supreme Court of Canada.
This is the third time we have conducted such an exercise.
We did this for Justice Rowe and Justice Martin when they were nominated.
It is a pleasure to be joined today by the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, our former prime minister.
Ms. Campbell is the chairperson of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments.
This afternoon, colleagues, we will be joining the Senate's constitutional and legal affairs committee and parliamentarians from non-recognized parties to question the nominee. Before that, we have the opportunity this morning to hear from Minister Lametti and from former prime minister Kim Campbell about the process that led to the nomination of Judge Kasirer and to ask them questions about it.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti, I will turn the floor over to you.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
Mr. Lametti.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much, Ms. Campbell, and thank you very much, Mr. Lametti. We tried very hard to get the lighting right for you throughout that entire presentation.
Just for everybody's edification, the issue is building-wide, not just in this room. Public Works is trying to resolve it. Please don't blame the staff here for the lighting issue. They're not the ones doing it.
We'll do two rounds of questions now.
We'll start with the Conservative Party.
Ms. Raitt, you have the floor.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Sorry, but we're out of time.
Ms. Khalid.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
Ms. Moore now has the floor.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
I think Ms. Campbell would like to comment on this.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much. Your time is up, Ms. Moore.
Mr. Fraser, you have the floor.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
We will now move on to the second round of questions. This round will be a little different; it will be six minutes for the Liberal Party, six minutes for the Conservative Party, six minutes for the Liberal Party, five minutes for the Conservative Party and three minutes for the NDP.
We will start with Mr. Ehsassi.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
Mr. Deltell now has the floor.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Unfortunately, your time is up, Mr. Deltell.
I just want to remind everyone that we are here today to talk about the nomination of the Supreme Court justice and the process that led up to that. I've been very flexible so far in permitting questions, and the minister has been very kind in answering those questions, but that is what we're here to talk about.
Next, Ms. Vandenbeld and Ms. Fortier will be sharing their time.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
Ms. Raitt, you have the floor.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
There was a motion moved.
Do you have it in writing, Ms. Raitt?
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
You have it in scribble. Okay, what we will do is this. I am going to give the floor to Ms. Moore, and then we will come back to tell you whether the motion is receivable or not after I've consulted with the clerks.
Ms. Moore.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Before I get to the motion by Ms. Raitt, I want to thank the Right Honourable Kim Campbell for her continued service to this country and for the incredible work she continues to do in this and many other regards. Thank you so much on behalf of the committee and all Canadians. I know that all members of all parties would join with me in that.
Thank you so much, Minister Lametti, for being here today and giving us very frank answers to our questions.
I will excuse the witnesses because I think they don't need to sit there the entire time as we go through the motion, but you're welcome to stay, of course, to the extent you would like.
I am going to suspend for a second to let the minister and Ms. Campbell leave, and then I'll come back to the motion.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
I am now resuming the meeting. I wanted to look at all of the issues surrounding the motion. There are some small issues in terms of rewriting it, but I think Ms. Raitt is comfortable providing slightly revised wording. Therefore, I'm not going to get into that issue.
The issue I was trying to look at was that we had met on April 11, and Mr. Cooper had presented the following motion:
That the Committee sit additional hours to study the leak of information surrounding the Supreme Court of Canada selection process, particularly as it pertains to the leak of information surrounding the Chief Justice of the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench; and that the Committee report its findings to the House no later than Friday, May 31, 2019.
I was concerned that this was an issue that the committee had already visited and defeated, which would make it not receivable. However, in the last three and a half years I have always erred in favour of the receivability of motions. I can say that the motion was worded based on something that Ms. Campbell said today. In principle, I think it's better to allow the motion to come forward and to have a discussion on it, and the committee can treat it how it wishes.
I'd ask Ms. Raitt to simply reread the motion as the clerk has redrafted it.
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