THE STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
OTTAWA, Monday, February 1, 2021
Pursuant to the order of the Senate of December 17, 2020, the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met this day by videoconference at 10:01 a.m [ET], the chair, the Honourable Mobina S. B. Jaffer, presiding. This meeting is considered to have taken place in the parliamentary precinct.
Members of the committee present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Batters, Boisvenu, Boniface, Boyer, Carignan, P.C., Cotter, Dupuis, Griffin, Harder, P.C., Jaffer, Keating, Martin, Plett and Tannas (14).
Other senators present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Kutcher, Miville-Dechêne, Moodie, Pate and Petitclerc (5).
Participating in the meeting: Joëlle Nadeau, Procedural Clerk, Committees Directorate; Julian Walker and Michaela Keenan-Pelletier, 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, December 17, 2020, the committee began its consideration of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).
APPEARING (by videoconference):
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
WITNESSES (by videoconference):
Patrick Taillon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Laval University;
The Honourable Serge Joyal, P.C., former senator;
Elizabeth Sheehy, Professor Emerita of Law, University of Ottawa;
David Shannon, Barrister and Solicitor;
Dr. Naheed Dosani, Palliative Care Physician and Health Justice Activist.
Department of Justice Canada:
François Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister;
Laurie Wright, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister;
Joanne Klineberg, Acting General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section;
Caroline Quesnel, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section;
Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section.
Canadian Human Rights Commission:
Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner;
Marcella Daye, Senior Policy Advisor;
Sheila Osborne-Brown, Acting General Counsel and Director of Legal Services.
A. Wayne MacKay, Professor Emeritus of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.
United Nations Human Rights Council:
Gerard Quinn, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.
Council of Canadians with Disabilities:
Heidi Janz, Chair, Ending-of-Life Ethics Committee.
Institut de planification des soins du Québec:
Danielle Chalifoux, Lawyer in health law.
Coop ASSIST - Quebec Cooperative for Independent Living:
Jonathan Marchand, Chair.
Disability Justice Network of Ontario:
Sarah Jama, Lead Organizer.
The chair made a statement.
The Minister made a statement and, together with Ms. Wright and Ms. Daigle, answered questions.
At 11:45 a.m., the committee suspended.
At 11:58 a.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Klineberg, Ms. Quesnel and Ms. Morency answered questions.
At 12:56 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 2:05 p.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Landry, Mr. Taillon, the Honourable Serge Joyal, Ms. Sheehy, Mr. MacKay and Mr. Quinn made statements and together with Ms. Daye and Ms. Osborne-Brown, answered questions.
At 4:06 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 5:04 p.m., the committee resumed.
Mr. Shannon, Ms. Janz, Ms. Chalifoux, Dr. Dosani, Mr. Marchand and Ms. Jama made statements and answered questions.
At 6:57 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.
Clerk of the Committee