Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Issue 2 - Minutes of Proceedings


OTTAWA, Wednesday, November 24, 1999

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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met this day at 4:30 p.m., in Room 257, East Block, the Chairman, the Honourable Lorna Milne, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Beaudoin, Buchanan, P.C., Cools, Fraser, Joyal, P.C., Milne, Moore and Nolin (8).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Andreychuk (1).

In attendance: Nancy Holmes and David Goetz, Research Officers, Law and Government Division, Research Branch, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

WITNESSES:

From the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada:

Mary Campbell, Director, Corrections Policy Division, Corrections Directorate, Corrections and Aboriginal Policing Branch;

Richard Zubrycki, Director General, Corrections Directorate, Corrections and Aboriginal Policing Branch.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on November 17, 1999, the committee proceeded to study Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Records Act and to amend another Act in consequence.

The witnesses made a statement and answered questions from the members of the committee.

At 5:20 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:


OTTAWA, Thursday, November 25, 1999

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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met this day at 10:45 a.m., in Room 257, East Block, the Chairman, the Honourable Lorna Milne, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Beaudoin, Cools, Fraser, Joyal, P.C., Milne, Moore, Nolin, Pearson and Poy (10).

In attendance: Nancy Holmes and David Goetz, Research Officers, Law and Government Division, Research Branch, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on November 17, 1999, the committee proceeded to study Bill C-7, An Act to amend the criminal records Act and to amend another Act in consequence.

It was agreed -- That the committee proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-7.

It was agreed -- That the title stand postponed.

It was agreed -- That clause 1 carry.

It was agreed -- That clause 2 carry.

It was agreed -- That clause 3 carry.

It was agreed -- That clause 4 carry.

It was agreed -- That clause 5 carry.

The Honorable Senator Fraser moved -- That Bill C-7, in clause 6, be amended by:

(a) replacing line 42 on page 2 with the following:

"6.3 (1) The definitions in this subsection apply in this section.

"children" means persons who are less than 18 years of age.

"vulnerable persons" means persons who, because of their age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent,

(a) are in a position of dependence on others; or

(b) are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them.

(2) The Commissioner shall make, in";

(b) replacing, in the French version, line 43 on page 2 with the following:

"royale du Canada une indication permettant";

(c) replacing lines 2 and 3 on page 3 with the following:

"an individual's conviction for a sexual offence listed in the schedule in respect of which a pardon";

(d) adding after line 5 on page 4 the following:

"(9) The Governor in Council may, by order, amend the schedule by adding or deleting a reference to a sexual offence."; and

(e) making consequential changes to the numbering of provisions and any cross references to them.

It was agreed -- That clause 6, as amended, carry.

It was agreed -- That clause 7 carry.

The Honorable Senator Fraser moved -- That Bill C-7, in clause 8, be amended by:

(a) deleting lines 5 and 6 on page 5;

(b) deleting lines 11 to 13 on page 5;

(c) making consequential changes to the numbering of provisions and any cross-references to them.

It was agreed -- That clause 8, as amended, carry.

It was agreed -- That clause 9 carry.

It was agreed -- That clause 10 carry.

The Honorable Senator Fraser moved -- That Bill C-7 be amended by adding after line 27 on page 5 the following:

"8.1 The Act is amended by adding, after section 10, the schedule set out in the schedule to this Act.".

It was agreed -- That new clause 8.1 carry.

The Honorable Senator Fraser moved -- That Bill C-7 be amended by adding after line 3 on page 6 the following:

"SCHEDULE (Section 8.1)

SCHEDULE (Subsections 6.3(1) and (9))

1. Offences under the following provisions of the Criminal Code:

(a) subsection 7(4.1) (sexual offence against a child by an act or omission outside Canada);

(b) section 151 (sexual interference with a person under 14);

(c) section 152 (invitation to a person under 14 to sexual touching);

(d) section 153 (sexual exploitation of a person 14 or more but under 18);

(e) section 153.1 (sexual exploitation of a person with a disability);

(f) section 155 (incest);

(g) section 159 (anal intercourse);

(h) subsection 160(3) (bestiality in the presence of a person under 14 or inciting a person under 14 to commit bestiality);

(i) paragraph 163(1)(a) (obscene materials);

(j) paragraph 163(2)(a) (obscene materials);

(k) section 163.1 (child pornography);

(l) section 168 (mailing obscene matter);

(m) section 170 (parent or guardian procuring sexual activity);

(n) section 171 (householder permitting sexual activity);

(o) section 172 (corrupting children);

(p) section 173 (indecent acts);

(q) subsection 212(2) (living on avails of prostitution of a person under 18);

(r) subsection 212(2.1) (living on avails of prostitution of a person under 18);

(s) subsection 212(4) (obtain, or attempt to obtain, sexual services of a person under 18);

(t) section 271 (sexual assault);

(u) subsection 272(1) and paragraph 272(2)(a) (sexual assault with firearm);

(v) subsection 272(1) and paragraph 272(2)(b) (sexual assault other than with firearm);

(w) section 273 (aggravated sexual assault);

(x) paragraph 273.3(1)(a) (removal of child under 14 from Canada for purposes of listed offences);

(y) paragraph 273.3(1)(b) (removal of child 14 or more but under 18 from Canada for purpose of listed offence);

(z) paragraph 273.3(1)(c) (removal of child under 18 from Canada for purposes of listed offences);

(z.1) section 280 (abduction of a person under 16);

(z.2) section 281 (abduction of a person under 14);

(z.3) paragraph 348(1)(a) with respect to breaking and entering a place with intent to commit in that place an indictable offence listed in this schedule;

(z.4) paragraph 348(1)(b) with respect to breaking and entering a place and committing in that place an indictable offence listed in this schedule;

(z.5) subsection 372(2) (indecent phone calls); and

(z.6) section 463 with respect to an attempt to commit an offence listed in this section or with respect to being an accessory after the fact to the commission of an offence listed in this schedule.

2. Offences under the following provisions of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-34, as that Act read before January 1988:

(a) subsection 146(1) (sexual intercourse with a female under 14);

(b) subsection 146(2) (sexual intercourse with a female 14 or more but under 16);

(c) section 151 (seduction of a female 16 or more but under 18);

(d) section 153 (sexual intercourse with stepdaughter, etc., or female employee);

(e) section 155 (buggery or bestiality);

(f) section 157 (gross indecency);

(g) section 166 (parent or guardian procuring defilement); and

(h) section 167 (householder permitting defilement).

3. Offences under the following provisions of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-34, as that Act read before January 1983:

(a) section 144 (rape);

(b) section 145 (attempt to commit rape);

(c) section 149 (indecent assault on female);

(d) section 156 (indecent assault on male);

(e) section 245 (common assault); and

(f) subsection 246(1) (assault with intent to commit an indictable offence).".

It was agreed -- That the committee dispenses of reading the entire schedule.

It was agreed -- That the new schedule carry.

It was agreed -- That the title carry.

It was agreed -- That Bill C-7, as amended, be adopted.

It was agreed -- That the Chair report the bill, as amended, to the Senate.

At 10:55 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:

Michel Patrice

Clerk of the Committee


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