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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

First Session, Forty-second Parliament, 2015-16-17-18-19

Chair: The Honourable SERGE JOYAL, P.C.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Issue No. 61

Third and fourth meetings:
Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime:

Heidi Illingworth, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.

Association of Families of Persons Assassinated or Disappeared:

Bruno Serre, President;

Nancy Roy, General Manager.

As an individual:

Annie Saint-Onge.

Pivot Legal Society:

Caitlin Shane, Staff Lawyer (by video conference);

Naomi Moses, Lawyer (by video conference).

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter:

Hilla Kerner, Collective Member (by video conference).

Manitoba Organization for Victims Assistance:

Karen Wiebe, Executive Director (by video conference).

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:

Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner (by video conference);

Qajaq Robinson, Commissioner.

All-Party Parliamentary Group to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking:

The Honourable Senator Dan Christmas, Co-Chair;

Arnold Viersen, Member of Parliament, Co-Chair.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada:

Julia Beazley, Director, Public Policy.

Indigenous Bar Association:

Katherine Hensel, Barrister and Solicitor.

Service de Police de Longueuil:

Ghyslain Vallières, Prevention Police Officer, MOBILIS Project (by video conference);

Joëlle Safadi, Psychosocial Coordinator, MOBILIS Project (by video conference).

As an individual:

Fady Mansour, Criminal Lawyer.

Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa:

Michael A. Johnston, Barrister-at-Law.

As individuals:

Don Stuart, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University (by video conference);

David A. Bird, Retired Counsel, Department of Justice Canada.

Aboriginal Legal Services:

Jonathan Rudin, Program Director (by video conference).

As an individual:

Brian R. Pfefferle, Defence Counsel (by video conference).

Barreau du Québec:

Pascal Lévesque, Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law;

Nicolas Le Grand Alary, Lawyer, Secretariat of the Order and Legal Affairs.

As an individual:

Elizabeth Sheehy, Professor Emerita of Law, University of Ottawa.


The Honourable Serge Joyal, P.C., Chair

The Honourable Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Deputy Chair

The Honourable Renée Dupuis, Deputy Chair


The Honourable Senators:

Batters, Carignan, P.C., Dalphond, *Day (or Mercer), Dyck, Gold, *Harder, P.C. (or Bellemare) (or Mitchell), Lankin, P.C., McIntyre, Pratte, Sinclair, *Smith or Martin), *Woo (or Saint-Germain)

* Ex officio members

(Quorum 4)

Changes in membership of the committee:

Pursuant to rule 12-5 and to the orders of the Senate of November 7, 2017 and of November 20, 2018, membership of the committee was amended as follows:

The Honourable Senator Sinclair replaced the Honourable Senator Miville-Dechêne (May 9, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Miville-Dechêne replaced the Honourable Senator Sinclair (May 8, 2019).