Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
National Security and Defence
Issue No. 4 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 16, 2016
OTTAWA, Monday, May 16, 2016
The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence met this day at 1:01 p.m., in room 2, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Daniel Lang, presiding.
Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Carignan, P.C., Dagenais, Day, Jaffer, Kenny, Lang, Ngo and White (8).
Other senators present: The Honourable Senators Moore and Oh (2).
In attendance: Dominique Valiquet and Katherine Simonds, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.
Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.
The chair presided over the election of the deputy chair.
The Honourable Senator Dagenais moved:
That the Honourable Senator Jaffer be deputy chair of this committee.
The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.
At 1:03 PM, pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, April 14, 2016, the committee began its examination of Bill S-205, An Act to amend the Canada Border Services Agency Act (Inspector General of the Canada Border Services Agency) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.
As an individual:
The Honourable Senator Wilfred P. Moore, sponsor of the bill.
Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP:
Ian McPhail, Chair;
Richard Evans, Senior Director, Operations;
Joanne Gibb, Director, Research, Policy and Strategic Investigations.
Canadian Human Rights Commission:
Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner;
Fiona Keith, Counsel, Dispute Resolution Branch.
Canadian Council for Refugees:
Janet Dench, Executive Director (by video conference);
Jenny Jeanes, Co-Chair, Inland Protection Working Group (by video conference).
Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers:
Lorne Waldman, President.
As an individual:
Julie Taub, Immigration lawyer.
Canadian Civil Liberties Association:
Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel and Executive Director (by video conference).
The chair made a statement.
The Honourable Senator Moore made a statement and answered questions.
At 2:09 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 2:12 p.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Landry and Mr. McPhail each made a statement and, together with Ms. Keith, Mr. Evans and Ms. Gibb, answered questions.
At 3:21 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 3:34 p.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Dench, Ms. Jeanes, Ms. Pillay, Ms. Taub and Mr. Waldman each made a statement and, together, answered questions.
At 4:41 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.
Clerk of the Committee