THE STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
OTTAWA, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (13)
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 4:33 p.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, Campbell, Carignan, P.C., Dalphond, Dupuis, Jaffer, Keating, Mégie, Pate and Tannas (12).
Other senator present by videoconference: The Honourable Senator LaBoucane-Benson (1).
Participating in the meeting: Joëlle Nadeau, Procedural Clerk, Committees Directorate; Michaela Keenan-Pelletier and Julian Walker, 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, February 11, 2021, the committee began its consideration of Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code.
APPEARING (by videoconference):
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
WITNESSES (by videoconference):
Department of Justice Canada:
Nathalie G. Drouin, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada;
Toby Hoffmann, Acting Director and General Counsel, Judicial Affairs Section;
Melissa Moor, Counsel, Judicial Affairs Section;
Gillian Blackell, Senior Counsel and Team Lead, Criminal Law Policy Section.
The chair made a statement.
The minister made a statement, and together with Ms. Drouin, answered questions.
At 5:25 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 5:57 p.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Moor, Ms. Blackell and Mr. Hoffmann answered questions.
At 6:29 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.