Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Human Rights

Issue No. 27 - Minutes of Proceedings - April 18, 2018

OTTAWA, Wednesday, April 18, 2018


The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights met this day at 11:33 a.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the deputy chair, the Honourable Jane Cordy, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Cordy, Cormier, Hartling, Martin, Ngo and Pate (7).

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the committee began its examination of Bill C-66, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts.


Criminal Lawyers' Association:

Angela Chaisson, Defence Counsel, Chaisson Law;

Maya Borooah, Defence Counsel, Henein Hutchison.

As individuals:

Tom Hooper, Contract Faculty, Department of History, York University;

Gary Kinsman, Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Laurentian University;

James Lockyer, Senior Counsel, Innocence Canada;

Ronald Rosenes, C.M., Community Health Advocate and Board Chair, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

Quebec Gay Archives:

Jacques Prince, President, Board of Governors;

Ross Higgins, Member, Board of Governors and Head of Collections.

Just Society Committee:

Martine Roy, Member.

The deputy chair made a statement.

Ms. Chaisson, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Kinsman, and Mr. Lockyer made statements and, together with Ms. Borooah, answered questions.

At 12:33 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 12:38 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Higgins, Mr. Prince, Mr. Rosenes, and Mr. Roy made statements and answered questions.

At 1:29 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Joëlle Nadeau
Clerk of the Committee