Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Issue 31 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 13, 2015


OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met this day at 4:17 p.m., in room 257, East Block, the chair, the Honourable Bob Runciman, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Baker, P.C., Batters, Dagenais, Fraser, Jaffer, Manning, McInnis, McIntyre, Plett, Ringuette, Runciman and Wells (12).

In attendance: Julian Walker, Martha Butler; and Mark Mahabir, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations). (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 29.)

The chair made an opening statement.

The chair asked whether it was agreed to proceed to clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-377.

Debate arose thereon.

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved that the committee not proceed with clause-by-clause consideration of this bill until additional individuals and organizations that have asked to appear, be invited to appear before the committee.

The question being put on the motion, it was negatived on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

Baker, P.C., Fraser, Jaffer, Ringuette — 4

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

Runciman, Batters, Dagenais, Manning, McInnis,
McIntyre, Plett and Wells — 8

It was agreed to proceed to clause-by-clause, on division.

The Honourable Senator Plett made a statement.

Debate arose thereon.

It was agreed that the title stand postponed.

It was agreed that clause 1 carry, on division.

It was agreed that clause 2 carry, on division.

It was agreed that clause 3 carry, on division.

It was agreed that the title carry, on division.

It was agreed that the bill carry, on division.

The chair asked if the committee wished to append observations to the report.

The Honourable Senator Ringuette proposed draft observations.

After debate, the Honourable Senator Ringuette moved that the draft observations be appended to the committee's report.

The question being put on the motion, it was negatived on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

Baker, P.C., Fraser, Jaffer, Ringuette — 4

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

Runciman, Batters, Dagenais, Manning, McInnis,
McIntyre, Plett and Wells — 8

The Honourable Senator Batters proposed draft observations.

After debate, the Honourable Senator Batters withdrew her draft observations.

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

At 4:57 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 4:59 p.m., pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, April 23, 2015, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 30.)

WITNESSES:

Safer Ottawa:

Chris Grinham, Co-Founder.

Drug Prevention Network of Canada:

Chuck Doucette, President (by video conference).

Insite - Supervised Injection Site:

Russell Maynard, Program Director.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network:

Richard Elliott, Executive Director.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police:

Bryan Larkin, Member, Drug Abuse Committee, Chief, Waterloo Regional Police Service.

Criminal Lawyers' Association:

Michael Spratt, Member and Criminal Defence Counsel.

The chair made a statement.

Mr. Doucette and Mr. Grinham and Mr. Maynard each made a statement and answered questions.

At 5:50 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:54 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Elliot, Mr. Larkin and Mr. Spratt each made a statement and answered questions.

At 6:43 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Shaila Anwar

Clerk of the Committee