Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Human Rights

Issue 9 - Minutes of Proceedings

OTTAWA, Monday, April 11, 2005


The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights met this day at 4:00 p.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the Honourable A. Raynell Andreychuk, Chair, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Baker, P.C., Ferretti Barth, LeBreton, Losier-Cool and Pearson (6).

Other senator present: The Honourable Terry Stratton (1).

In attendance: Laura Barnett of the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament and Jessica Richardson, Legislative Clerk.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, November 3, 2004, the committee continued its consideration of Canada's international obligations in regard to the rights and freedoms of children. (For the complete text of Order of Reference see proceedings of the committee, Issue No.3.)


The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice.


Department of Justice Canada:

Lise Lafrenière-Henrie, Senior Counsel and Coordinator for Family Law Policy;

Elaine Ménard, Counsel, Human Rights Law Section;

Carole Morency, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.

At 4 p.m., the Honourable Irwin Cotler made a statement and together with the other witnesses answered questions.

At 5:05 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Line Gravel

Clerk of the Committee

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