I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting 41 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Pursuant to the order of reference of October 31, the committee is meeting to begin its study of Bill C-9, an act to amend the Judges Act.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format pursuant to the House order of June 23, 2022. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
I would like to make a few comments for the benefit of the witnesses and members.
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I will remind you that all comments should be addressed through the chair.
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On our agenda today, we will be proceeding to the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-9. If time permits, we will try to continue in camera our progress on our study of the draft report on the government's obligation to the victims of crime.
On our first item of business today, we will have officials from the Department of Justice with us for any technical questions.
I would like to welcome Shakiba Azimi, counsel, judicial affairs section, public law and legislative services sector; and Patrick Xavier, acting deputy director and senior counsel, judicial affairs section, public law and legislative services sector.
If we're ready to start clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-9, I would like to provide members of the committee with some instructions and a few comments on how the committee will proceed.
As the name indicates, this is an examination of all clauses in the order in which they appear in the bill. I will call each clause successively, and each clause is subject to debate and a vote.
If there are amendments to the clause in question, I will recognize the member proposing each one to explain it. The amendment will then be open for debate. When no further members wish to intervene, the amendment will be voted on. Amendments will be considered in the order in which they appear in the bill and in the package that each member received from the clerk. Members should note that amendments must be submitted in writing to the clerk of the committee.
The chair will go slowly to allow members to follow the proceedings properly.
Amendments have been given an alphanumeric number in the top right corner to indicate which party submitted it. There is no need for a seconder to move an amendment. Once moved, you will need unanimous consent to withdraw it. During debate on an amendment, members are permitted to move subamendments. These subamendments must be submitted in writing. They do not require the approval of the mover of the amendment. Only one subamendment may be considered at a time, and that subamendment cannot be amended. When a subamendment to an amendment has been moved, it is voted on first. Then another subamendment may be moved, or the committee may consider the main amendment and vote on it.
Once every clause has been voted on, the committee will vote on the short title, the title and the bill itself. If amendments are adopted, an order to reprint the bill may be required so that the House has a proper copy for use at report stage.
Finally, the committee will have to order the chair to report the bill to the House. That report contains only the text of any adopted amendments as well as an indication of any deleted clauses.