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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

First Session, Forty-second Parliament, 2015-16-17

Chair: The Honourable BOB RUNCIMAN

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Issue No. 22

Consideration of a draft agenda (future business)


First and second meetings:
Bill S-231, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Honourable Senator Claude Carignan, P.C., sponsor of the bill.

Le Devoir:

Brian Myles, Editor.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

Michel Cormier, General Manager, News and Current Affairs, French Services;

Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor in Chief, CBC News.

The Globe and Mail:

David Walmsley, Editor in Chief.

The Canadian Media Coalition:

Éric Trottier, Associate Editor and Vice-President, Information, La Presse, Ltd.;

Michael Cooke, Editor, Torstar Newspaper Ltd.;

Sébastien Pierre-Roy, Lawyer, Chenette, Litigation Boutique Inc..

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists:

Stéphane Giroux, President of the Board of Directors;

Caroline Locher, Executive Director.

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression:

Tom Henheffer, Executive Director.

Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers:

William Trudell, Chair.

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP:

Mark Bantey, Partner (by video conference).

Canadian Media Lawyers Association:

Christian Leblanc, Chair, Protection of Sources Committee;

Iain MacKinnon, Media Lawyer.


The Honourable Bob Runciman, Chair

The Honourable George Baker, P.C., Deputy Chair


The Honourable Senators:

        Batters, Boisvenu, Boniface, *Carignan, P.C. (or Martin), Dagenais, Dean, Dupuis, *Harder, P.C. (or Bellemare), Jaffer

Joyal, P.C.






*Ex officiomembers

(Quorum 4)

Change in membership of the committee:

Pursuant to rule 12-5 and to the order of the Senate of December 7, 2016, membership of the committee was amended as follows:

The Honourable Senator Dean replaced the Honourable Senator Omidvar (February 9, 2017).