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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

First Session, Forty-second Parliament, 2015-16

Chair: The Honourable BOB RUNCIMAN

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016 (Morning Meeting)
Friday, May 6, 2016 (Afternoon Meeting)

Issue No. 8

First and second meetings:

Subject matter of Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)

Fifteenth and sixteenth meetings:

Study on matters pertaining to delays in Canada's criminal justice system


The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Department of Justice Canada:

William Pentney, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada;

Donald Piragoff, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Sector;

Laurie Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector;

Joanne Klineberg, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section;

Jeanette Ettel, Senior Counsel, Human Rights Law Section, Public Law and Legislative Service Sector.

Health Canada:

Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister;

Abby Hoffman, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch;

Sharon Harper, Manager, Continuing Care Unit, Strategic Policy Branch.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

As individuals:

Jocelyn Downie, Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dalhousie University;

Joseph Arvay, Lawyer, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP;

Jean-Pierre Ménard, Attorney, Ménard, Martin, Avocats;

Dianne Pothier, Professor Emeritus, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University;

David Baker, Lawyer, Bakerlaw;

Trudo Lemmens, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto;

Margaret Somerville, Professor, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.

Canadian Nurses Association:

Carolyn Pullen, Director, Policy, Advocacy and Strategy;

Josette Roussel, Senior Nurse Advisor.

Canadian Medical Association:

Dr. Cindy Forbes, President;

Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice-President, Medical Professionalism.

Canadian Pharmacists Association:

Phil Emberley, Director, Professional Affairs;

Joelle Walker, Director, Government Relations, Public & Professional Affairs.

External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada:

Catherine Frazee, Panel Member (by video conference);

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, Panel Member
(by video conference);

Benoît Pelletier, Panel Member.

Friday, May 6, 2016 (Morning Meeting)

Province of Nova Scotia:

Jocelyn Yerxa, Acting Director, Department of Seniors.

Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women:

Stephanie MacInnis-Langley, Executive Director.

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society:

Emma Halpern, Equity and Access Officer.

Cumberland Restorative Justice Society:

Jennifer Furlong, Executive Director.

As an individual:

Jennifer Llewellyn, Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

Council of Parties for the Restorative Public Inquiry into the Home for Colored Children:

Tony Smith, Co-chair.

Chignecto-Central Regional School Board:

Scott Milner, Director, Education Services.

Friday, May 6, 2016 (Afternoon Meeting)

As individuals:

The Honourable Pamela Williams, Chief Judge, Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia;

Jennifer Llewellyn, Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University;

Michelle Williams, Director, IB&M Initiative, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

Tri-County Restorative Justice:

Tanya Bain, Director.

Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network:

Paula Marshall, Program Manager.

Halifax Regional Police:

Jean-Michel Blais, Chief of Police;

James Butler, Inspector.


The Honourable Bob Runciman, Chair

The Honourable Mobina S. B. Jaffer, Deputy Chair


The Honourable Senators:

        Baker, P.C., Batters, Boisvenu, *Carignan, P.C. (or Martin), Cowan, Dagenais, *Harder, P.C. (or Bellemare), Joyal, P.C., McInnis, McIntyre, Plett, 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 McInnis replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (May 5, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Plett replaced the Honourable Senator Unger (May 5, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (May 5, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Eaton replaced the Honourable Senator McInnis (May 5, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Dagenais replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (May 5, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Eaton replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (May 3, 2016).

The Honourable Senator Cowan replaced the Honourable Senator Fraser (April 29, 2016).