Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

First Session Thirty-sixth Parliament, 1997

Chairman: The Honourable LORNA MILNE

Wednesday, December 3, 1997

Issue No. 9

Seventh meeting on: Examination of Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code in respect of persons with disabilities, to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act in respect of persons with disabilities and other matters and to make consequential amendments to other Acts


The Honourable Anne McLellan, M.P., P.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.


On Bill S-5:

From the Canadian Bankers Association:

Ms Harriet Stairs, Executive Vice-President, Bank of Montreal;

Mr. Andrew Finlay, Senior Counsel, Employment Law Group, The Bank of Nova Scotia;

Ms Lynda White, Manager, Employment Equity and Diversity Management, Royal Bank.


Mr. John Fisher, Executive Director;

Ms Pam MacEachern, Member, Legal Issues Committee.

From the Department of Justice:

Mr. Mark Berlin, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section;

Mr. Stephen Sharzer, Senior Counsel, Human Rights Law Section;

Ms Gloria Mintah, Counsel, Public Law Policy Section.


The Honourable Lorna Milne, Chairman

The Honourable Michel Cogger, Deputy Chairman


The Honourable Senators:

Beaudoin, Doyle, Gigantès, *Graham, P.C. (or Carstairs), Jessiman, Lewis, Losier-Cool, *Lynch-Staunton (or Kinsella (acting)), Moore, Nolin, Pearson, Watt.

* Ex Officio Members

(Quorum 4)