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View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
It is, Madam Chair. I'd like us to get going.
On that point of order, Mr. Cooper barely got his question out. Minister Lametti is a seasoned pro. He knows how to answer questions. He's used to difficult questions. Let's allow Mr. Cooper the ability to ask his questions. He has only five minutes, and then the other members get to ask their questions. They can ask whatever lob ball they would wish of the minister.
I'm hoping that we can get on with the meeting.
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you to both of you for being here today on what is a very important process.
Minister Lametti, maybe for the benefit of those watching.... How many provinces have a guaranteed number of seats on the Supreme Court?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Minister.
I understand that. Why then did you mention that in your search there would be a search conducted only from potential candidates from Ontario?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
That makes sense to me 100%.
My question is about why, when Justice Cromwell retired—who was an Atlantic Canadian member of the Supreme Court of Canada—your government put no such search restriction that the replacement for Justice Cromwell be an Atlantic Canadian. That concerns me, as an Atlantic Canadian, because since Confederation, Atlantic Canada has always had a member on the Supreme Court of Canada.
Why is it that when there was a vacancy in Ontario, you searched only for Ontario applicants? I think you have done a wonderful job of finding a very qualified one, but why is it that when there was a vacancy in Atlantic Canada, the search was nationwide rather than just limited to Atlantic Canada?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Minister.
I think it's important for us to recognize the diversity of our country and that Atlantic Canada plays an important role. Future vacancies in Atlantic Canada on this most important institution should be filled by Atlantic Canadians.
Madam Chair, how much time do I have?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Minister, we are a committee of parliamentarians. The justice committee, as the Right Honourable Kim Campbell mentioned, is an important committee, and none of us take for granted the privilege it is to be a member of this committee.
There was a recommendation a couple of years ago by the justice committee that the committee that looks at the new nominee for the Supreme Court of Canada be a true committee of Parliament, chaired by a member of Parliament. I think, for example, our chair of this justice committee, when we meet with Justice Jamal later today.... That should be a parliamentary committee that has the same rights that we do and the same ability to question. It should not be chaired by someone from outside of Parliament. That doesn't make sense to many people.
Do you have a comment on why that recommendation hasn't been implemented yet?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Madam Chair, on a point of order, I don't want to disappoint our guests, particularly Minister Lametti, but I thought we were meeting for two hours on this topic, and then going into committee for half an hour for the study that we're dealing with.
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I think Madam Findlay or Mr. Cooper was going to be up this round, so I don't want to take somebody's spot. I think it was Mr. Cooper.
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you, Ms. Illingworth, for appearing today on what is no doubt a busy day for you.
I want to get your thoughts. I know that you have written to members of this committee about the importance of the review that's contained in the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. As you know, his legislation came into force almost six years ago and there is supposed to be a review within five years. That's part of the reason why we wanted to do this brief committee study: to hear from you, from victims and from other stakeholders on, obviously, how things are working and what can be improved.
Can you speak to the importance that we do the full review that's provided for in the legislation, and what would you like to see by way of outcomes? Without prejudging the review, what are the types of outcomes that you would like to see?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Can you speak to a couple of things?
I think one of the themes we hear is the overlapping jurisdictions, responsibility when it comes to victims' rights. As you mentioned, the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights enshrines in law certain rights, but enforceability becomes the issue.
What do you see as the main cause of someone's not being aware of their rights or not receiving the services they should be provided with under the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights? Is there, within the Canadian context, some example that you would hold out as a standard that we should aspire to, or do we have to look internationally for that when it comes to victims' rights? Is there some jurisdiction you could point us to about which you would say, “They are getting it right, and victims services have been improved in this jurisdiction”?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you.
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Sure. We have witnesses here, and I don't think anything can be done. Madam Chair, you've probably done everything that can be done. If these comments and questions are lost.... I don't think any of them were ever going to be made into a heritage moment or anything like that. It's being addressed, so I think moving on would probably be the best thing.
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses for appearing today on this important topic.
To the Canadian Bar Association, you mentioned in your testimony the need to treat some situations as Criminal Code matters and not as private matters. I think I know where you were going with that, but could you expand on that a bit, how some matters involving elder abuse, senior abuse, tend to be grouped more as private family matters and not as the Criminal Code offences they actually are?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Berkes, for that answer.
To CanAge, there's a lot of discussion about a controlling relationship, people not being on an equal footing. From your work as an advocacy group for older Canadians, can you explain a bit how that evolves and why it's so important that we treat this differently from how we do other matters?
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