Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

Issue 35 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 29, 2015

OTTAWA, Friday, May 29, 2015


The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met this day at 8:29 a.m., in room 257, East Block, the chair, the Honourable Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Campbell, Frum, Lang, Ngo, Ogilvie, Seidman, Stewart Olsen and Wallace (8).

In attendance: Sonya Norris and Julie Béchard, Analysts, 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, May 14, 2015, the committee began its consideration of subject matter of those elements contained in Division 15 of Part 3 of Bill C-59, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 21, 2015 and other measures.


Canadian Civil Liberties Association:

Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel and Executive Director (by video conference);

Brenda McPhail, Director, Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Project (by video conference).

Canadian Border Services Agency:

Andrew Lawrence, Director, Traveller Transformation, Air mode Division, Programs Branch.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada:

Chris Gregory, Director, Identity Management and Information Sharing;

Brenna MacNeil, Senior Director, Strategic Policy and Planning;

Bruce Grundison, Executive Director, Strategic Projects Office.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

Brendan Heffernan, Director General, Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services.

The chair made a statement.

Ms. Pillay made a statement and, together with Ms. McPhail, answered questions.

At 9:25 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 9:27 a.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Gregory and Ms. MacNeil each made a statement and, together with Mr. Grundison, Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Heffernan, answered questions.

At 10:32 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:34 a.m., the committee, pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), resumed in camera to consider a draft report.

It was agreed that the observations discussed be adopted in principal and that the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be empowered to approve the final text of the report.

At 10:38 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Jessica Richardson

Clerk of the Committee

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