Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Issue 6 - Minutes of Proceedings, November 23, 2011

OTTAWA, Wednesday, November 23, 2011


The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met at 4:16 p.m. this day, in room 257, East Block, the chair, the Honourable John D. Wallace, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Angus, Baker, P.C., Boisvenu, Chaput, Fraser, Frum, Joyal, P.C., Lang, Meredith, Runciman and Wallace (11).

In attendance: Robin MacKay and Erin Shaw, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, the committee began its consideration of Bill C-16, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (military judges).


The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Defence.


Office of the Judge Advocate General:

Brigadier-General Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces;

Colonel Michael R. Gibson, Deputy Judge Advocate General, Military Justice.

University of Calgary:

Ian Holloway, Dean, Faculty of Law (by videoconference).

The chair made an opening statement.

The Minister made a statement and, together with Brigadier-General Cathcart and Colonel Gibson, answered questions.

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

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

Mr. Holloway made a statement and answered questions.

At 6:04 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Shaila Anwar

Clerk of the Committee