Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Issue No. 53 - Minutes of Proceedings - November 21, 2018


OTTAWA, Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met this day at 4:24 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, Dawson, Dupuis, Frum, Gold, Joyal, P.C., Lankin, P.C., McIntyre and Pratte (12).

Other senators present: The Honourable Senators McCoy and Pate (2).

In attendance: Julian Walker, Maxime Charron-Tousignant and Laurence Brosseau, 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 Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the committee began its examination of Bill C-76, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make certain consequential amendments.

APPEARING:

The Honourable Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Democratic Institutions.

WITNESSES:

Privy Council Office:

Jean-François Morin, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat;

Manon Paquet, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat.

The chair made a statement.

The minister made a statement and, together with Mr. Morin, answered questions.

At 5:30 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:37 p.m., the committee resumed.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the committee continued its examination of Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 49.)

WITNESSES:

As individuals:

Michael A. Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa;

Michel W. Drapeau, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa;

Karl Delwaide, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l. (by video conference).

The chair made a statement.

Mr. Geist, Mr. Drapeau and Mr. Delwaide each made a statement and answered questions.

At 6:42 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Keli Hogan
Clerk of the Committee

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