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LCJC - Standing Committee

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

First Session, Forty-first Parliament, 2011-12-13

Chair: The Honourable BOB RUNCIMAN

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Issue No. 30

First and second (final) meeting on:

Bill S-207, An Act to amend the Interpretation Act (non-derogation of aboriginal treaty rights)

Bill S-207, An Act to amend the Interpretation Act (non-derogation of aboriginal treaty rights)


Wednesday February 27, 2013

The Honourable Senator Charlie Watt, Sponsor of the Bill.

Justice Canada:

Bruce Becker, Senior General Counsel, Aboriginal Law Centre;

Paul Salembier, General Counsel, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Thursday February 28, 2013

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.:

Cathy Towtongie, President;

Laurie Pelly, Legal Counsel.

As an individual

Sébastien Grammond, Dean, Faculty of Civil Law, University of Ottawa;

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples:

Betty Ann Lavallée, National Chief;

Ron Swain, National Vice-Chief.


The Honourable Bob Runciman, Chair

The Honourable Joan Fraser, Deputy Chair


The Honourable Senators:

Batters, Boisvenu, *Cowan (or Tardif), Dagenais, Frum, Jaffer, Joyal, P.C., *LeBreton, P.C. (or Carignan), McIntyre, Rivest, Watt, White

*Ex officio members

(Quorum 4)

Changes in membership of the committee:

Pursuant to rule 12-5, membership of the committee was amended as follows:

The Honourable Senator Watt replaced the Honourable Senator Baker, P.C. (February 28, 2013).

The Honourable Senator Dagenais replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (February 28, 2013).

The Honourable Senator Plett replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (February 27, 2013).

The Honourable Senator Batters replaced the Honourable Senator Ngo (February 21, 2013).

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu replaced the Honourable Senator Verner, P.C. (February 12, 2013).

The Honourable Senator Verner, P.C. replaced the Honourable Senator Boisvenu (February 6, 2013).

The Honourable Senator McIntyre replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (February 4, 2013).

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