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.

As individuals:

Donna May;

Dean Wilson.

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 answered questions.

At 12:44 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Shaila Anwar

Clerk of the Committee