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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Issue No. 13 -  Minutes of Proceedings - October 5, 2016

OTTAWA, Wednesday, October 5, 2016


The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met this day at 4:16 p.m., in room 257, East Block, the chair, the Honourable Bob Runciman, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Baker, P.C., Batters, Boisvenu, Dagenais, Joyal, P.C., Raine, Runciman, Sinclair and White (9).

In attendance: Julian Walker and Maxime Charron-Tousignant, 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, January 28, 2016, the committee continued its study on matters pertaining to delays in Canada's criminal justice system. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)


Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages:

Graham Fraser, Commissioner;

Pascale Giguère, General Counsel, Legal Affairs Branch.

Murphy Toronto Lawyers:

Mary Murphy, Lawyer.

Henein Hutchison LLP:

Christine Mainville, Lawyer.

The Law Firm of David Genis:

David Genis, Lawyer.

Hale Criminal Law Office:

John H. Hale, Lawyer.

The chair made a statement.

Mr. Fraser made a statement and, together with Ms. Giguère, answered questions.

At 5:10 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:15 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Hale, Ms. Mainville, Ms. Murphy and Mr. Genis each made a statement and, together, answered questions.

At 6:17 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Jessica Richardson

Clerk of the Committee