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Legal and Constitutional Affairs


Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Issue No. 48 - Minutes of Proceedings - September 19, 2018

OTTAWA, Wednesday, September 19, 2018


The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met this day at 4:15 p.m., in room 257, East Block, the chair, the Honourable Serge Joyal, P.C., presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Batters, Boisvenu, Carignan, P.C., Dalphond, Dupuis, Eaton, Jaffer, Joyal, P.C., McIntyre, Pate, Pratte and Sinclair (12).

In attendance: Julian Walker and Maxime Charron-Tousignant, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament; Chantale Lamarche, Communications Officer, Senate Communications Directorate.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, May 10, 2018, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-51, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 47.)


As an individual:

Michael Spratt, Partner, Abergel Goldstein & Partners.

Criminal Lawyer's Association:

Genevieve McInnes, Counsel;

Anne-Marie McElroy, Counsel.

Outaouais CAVAC:

Kathleen Dufour, Director General.

Indigenous Bar Association:

Katherine Hensel, Barrister and Solicitor.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association:

Samara Secter, Associate, Addario Law Group.

The chair made a statement.

Mr. Spratt, Ms. McInnes, Ms. McElroy, Ms. Dufour, Ms. Hensel and Ms. Secter each made a statement and answered questions.

At 6:20 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Keli Hogan
Clerk of the Committee

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