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

Issue No. 59 - Minutes of Proceedings - May 8, 2019

OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 8, 2019


The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met this day at 4:18 p.m., in room W110, 1 Wellington St., the chair, the Honourable Chantal Petitclerc, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Dasko, Deacon (Ontario), Eaton, Forest-Niesing, Kutcher, Manning, Mégie, Munson, Oh, Omidvar, Pate, Petitclerc, Poirier and Seidman (14).

Other senators present: The Honourable Senators Klyne, LaBoucane-Benson, Moodie and Ravalia (4).

In attendance: Laura Munn-Rivard and Jean-Philippe Duguay, 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 2, 2019, the committee began its examination of Bill C-83, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act.


The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.


Public Safety Canada:

Angela Arnet Connidis, Director General, Crime Prevention, Corrections and Criminal Justice Directorate.

Correctional Service Canada:

Anne Kelly, Commissioner;

Jennifer Wheatley, Assistant Commissioner, Health Services.

Alain Tousignant, Senior Deputy Commissioner;

Kelley Blanchette, Deputy Commissioner for Women.

Department of Justice Canada:

Juline Fresco, Counsel;

Dan Moore, Counsel, Human Rights Law Section.

The minister made a statement, and together with Ms. Wheatley and Ms. Kelly, answered questions.

At 5:19 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:27 p.m., the Honourable Senator Kutcher replaced the Honourable Senator Deacon as a member of the committee.

At 5:28 p.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Fresco, Mr. Moore, Ms. Wheatley, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Tousignant answered questions.

At 6:15 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Daniel Charbonneau
Clerk of the Committee