Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Issue 31 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 14, 2015
OTTAWA, Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met
this day at 10:31 a.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, Eaton, Fraser, Jaffer, McInnis, McIntyre, Plett,
Runciman and White (11).
In attendance: Julian Walker, Analyst, 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 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.)
Canadian Medical Association:
Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice-President, Medical Professionalism;
Jean Nelson, Director, Legal Services.
Canadian Police Association:
Tom Stamatakis, President (by video conference).
Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care (CANAC):
Marilou Gagnon, Expert Advisor Policy, Research, and Advocacy.
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse:
Rebecca Jesseman, Director.
Urban League of London:
Greg Thompson, President (by video conference).
The chair made an opening statement.
Mr. Blackmer, Mr. Stamatakis, Ms. Gagnon and Ms. Jesseman each made a
statement and, together with Ms. Nelson answered questions.
At 11:29 a.m., the committee suspended.
At 11:45 a.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. May, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Thompson each each made a statement and
At 12:44 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.
Clerk of the Committee