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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on 
Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Issue 15 - Minutes of Proceedings


OTTAWA, Tuesday, May 8, 2007
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[Translation]

The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met in camera at 5 p.m. this day in room 160-S of the Centre Block, the Chair, the Honourable Consiglio Di Nino, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Corbin, Dawson, De Bané, P.C., Di Nino, Downe, Mahovlich, Merchant, Segal, Smith, P.C. and Stollery (11).

In attendance: From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament: Peter Berg and Allison Goody, Research Analysts.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, the committee continued to examine and report on the evacuation of Canadian citizens from Lebanon in July 2006. (For the complete text of the Order of Reference, see Issue No. 6, November 1, 2006.)

It was agreed that senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room.

Pursuant to paragraph 92(2)(f) of the regulations, the committee considered a draft report.

The committee paid tribute to Ms. Allison Goody, the committee's Research Analyst, who is resigning her position.

At 6:17 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:

François Michaud

Clerk of the Committee


OTTAWA, Tuesday, May 15, 2007
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[Translation]

The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met this day at 7:26 p.m. in room 160-S of the Centre Block, the Chair, the Honourable Consiglio Di Nino, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Corbin, Dawson, Di Nino, Downe and Stollery (6).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Robichaud, P.C. (1).

In attendance: From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament: Peter Berg and Allison Goody, Research Analysts.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, May 10, 2007, the committee proceeded to study Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in order to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

APPEARING:

The Honourable Robert Nicholson, M.P., P.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

WITNESS:

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada:

Keith Morrill, Director, Criminal, Security and Treaty Law Division.

The Chairman made an opening statement.

The Minister made a presentation and answered questions.

The Minister made a presentation and, with the assistance of Mr. Morrill, answered questions.

At 8:23 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:

Vanessa Moss-Norbury

Acting Clerk of the Committee


OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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[Translation]

The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met this day at 4:07 p.m. in room 160-S of the Centre Block, the Chair, the Honourable Consiglio Di Nino, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Corbin, Dawson, De Bané, P.C., Di Nino, Downe, Mahovlich, Merchant, Segal, Smith P.C. and Stollery (10).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Robichaud, P.C.

In attendance: From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament, Peter Berg and Allison Goody, Research Analysts.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, May 10, 2007, the committee continued to study Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in order to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

WITNESSES:

Transparency International:

Bill McClosky, Incoming Board Member.

As an individual (by video conference):

Raymond Baker, Author of Capitalism's Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System.

The Chairman made an opening statement.

Mr. McClosky and Mr. Baker made presentations and answered questions.

It was agreed that the committee proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in order to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

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.

It was agreed that clause 6 carry.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed that the remaining clauses be considered together.

It was agreed that clauses 7 to 11 carry.

It was agreed that the title carry.

It was agreed that this bill be adopted without amendment.

It was agreed that the Chair report this bill to the Senate.

At 5:05 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:09 p.m., the committee resumed sitting in camera pursuant to paragraph 92(2)(f) of the regulations.

It was agreed that senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, the committee continued to examine and report on the evacuation of Canadian citizens from Lebanon in July 2006. (For the complete text of the Order of Reference, see Issue No. 6, November 1, 2006.)

The committee considered a draft report.

It was agreed that the committee adopt the draft report on the evacuation of Canadian citizens from Lebanon in July 2006, subject to changes and observations made by members as well as to substantive amendments, and that the Chair table the report to the Senate.

At 6:06 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:

François Michaud

Clerk of the Committee