Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Studies & Bills

Information prior to the 40th Parliament is from notices of meetings. For the official record, please refer to the related minutes and transcripts.

There are limited electronic records available for the period prior to the 35th Parliament. For historical information, please contact: ctm@sen.parl.gc.ca or 1-800-267-7362

Studies & Bills Date Referred  note  note
Bill C-305, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief)
(2017-06-13)
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Imtiaz Ahmed, Imam (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community)
  • Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament for Nepean, sponsor of the bill
  • Rebecca Bromwich, Director, Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution Program, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University (As an Individual)
  • Richard Marceau, General Counsel and Senior Political Advisor (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs)
  • Mukhbir Singh, President (World Sikh Organization of Canada)
  • William Trudell, Chair (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
Document entitled Proposals to correct certain anomalies, inconsistencies and errors and to deal with other matters of a non-controversial and uncomplicated nature in the Statutes of Canada and to repeal certain Acts and provisions that have expired, lapsed or otherwise ceased to have effect
(2017-05-11)
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Mélanie Beaudoin, Legislative Counsel, Legislative Service Branch, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice)
  • Jean-Charles Bélanger, Deputy Chief Legislative Counsel, Legislative Services Branch, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice)
  • Dominique D'Allaire, Director, Corporate, Insolvency and Competition Directorate (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Mala Khanna, Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice)
  • Jacqueline Yost, Legislative Counsel, Legislative Services Branch, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Divisions 10 and 17 of Part 4 of Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures
(2017-05-08)
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • Eric Advokaat, Senior Director, Occupational Health and Safety, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada)
  • Ginette Brazeau, Chairperson (Canada Industrial Relations Board)
  • Derrick Hynes, Executive Director (FETCO)
  • Mike Luff, Senior Researcher (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Gary Robertson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada)
  • Charles Philippe Rochon, Acting Manager, Labour Standards and Wage Earner Protection Program, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada)
  • Hassan Yussuff, President (Canadian Labour Congress)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:15 PM
  • Margaret Bloodworth, Commissioner, Quadrennial Commission (Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission)
  • Adair Crosby, Senior Counsel / Deputy Director, Judicial Affairs, Courts and Tribunal Policy (Department of Justice)
  • Anna Dekker, Counsel, Judicial Affairs, Courts and Tribunal Policy (Department of Justice)
  • Marc Giroux, Deputy Commissioner (Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs)
  • Peter Griffin, Commissioner, Quadrennial Commission (Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission)
  • Louise Meagher, Executive Director (Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission)
  • Gil Rémillard, Chair, Quadrennial Commission (Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission)
  • Laurie Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice)
Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related amendments to other Acts
(2017-03-09) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 4:18 PM
  • Miriam Brouillet, Legal Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services (Health Canada)
  • Kristen Mattison, Director, Controlled Substances Directorate (Health Canada)
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10:29 AM
  • Constable Craig Fairbairn, Drug Treatment Court Liaison Officer, Central Patrol Directorate (Ottawa Police Service)
  • Chris Grinham, Co-Founder (Safer Ottawa)
  • Chief Mario Harel, President (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Superintendent Paul Johnston, Co-chair, Drug Advisory Committee (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • David Kardish, Owner (Rideau Bakery Limited)
  • Tom Stamatakis, President (Canadian Police Association)
  • Dr. Mark Ujjainwalla, Medical Director (Recovery Ottawa)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:14 PM
  • Lisa Ashley, Senior Nurse Advisor, Policy, Advocacy and Strategy (Canadian Nurses Association)
  • Kerry Jang, City Councillor (City of Vancouver)
  • Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial Health Officer (Province of British Columbia)
  • Donald MacPherson, Executive Director (Canadian Drug Policy Coalition)
  • Clayton Pecknold, Assistant Deputy Minister and Director of Police Services (Province of British Columbia)
  • Meaghan Thumath, Senior Public Health Nursing Expert (Canadian Nurses Association)
  • Kenneth Tupper, Director of Implementation and Partnerships (British Columbia Centre on Substance Use)
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 10:29 AM
  • Lisa Janes, Director General, Border Operations (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Chad Schella, General Manager, Government Affairs (Canada Post)
  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Acting Chief Superintendant Andris Zarins, Director General, Federal Coordination Centres and Covert Operations, Federal Policing (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 5:14 PM
  • The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health (Health Canada)
  • Hilary Geller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (Health Canada)
  • Diane Labelle, General Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services (Health Canada)
  • Dr. Theresa Tam, Interim Chief Public Health Officer (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code
(2017-03-02) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • D. Jared Brown, Lead Counsel (D. Jared Brown Professional Corporation)
  • Jay Cameron, Barrister and Solicitor (Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms)
  • Diane Guilbault, Vice-President (Québec Women's Rights Association)
  • Lyne Jubinville, Treasurer and Webmaster (Québec Women's Rights Association)
  • Bruce Pardy, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University (As an Individual)
  • Jordan B. Peterson, Professor, Psychology Department, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Michèle Sirois, President (Québec Women's Rights Association)
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Greta Bauer, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario (As an Individual)
  • Marie Laure Leclercq (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Devon MacFarlane, Director, Rainbow Health Ontario (Sherbourne Health Centre)
  • N. Nicole Nussbaum, Barrister and Solicitor (As an Individual)
  • Siobhan O'Brien (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Marni Panas, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Community Leader (Marni Panas Consulting)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:17 PM
  • Paul Dirks (WOMAN Means Something Campaign)
  • Hilla Kerner, Collective Member (Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter)
  • Theryn Meyer (As an Individual)
  • Meghan Murphy (As an Individual)
  • Gad Saad, Professor and Chair in Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences and Darwinian Consumption, Concordia University (As an Individual)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:33 AM
  • The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice)
  • Brenda Cossman, Director, Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and Professor of Law, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Kimberley Manning, Principal, Simone de Beauvoir Institute and Associate Professor, Political Science, Concordia University (As an Individual)
  • William Pentney, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice)
  • Melissa Potvin (Schaettgen), Parent Advocate and Community Leader (As an Individual)
  • Laurie Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice)
Bill S-236, An Act to recognize Charlottetown as the birthplace of Confederation
(2017-02-28)
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:29 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Diane F. Griffin, sponsor of the bill
  • Edward MacDonald, Professor, Department of History, University of Prince Edward Island (As an Individual)
Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act
(2016-12-15)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 4:16 PM
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Derrick Hynes, Executive Director (FETCO)
  • Charles Lammam, Director, Fiscal Studies (Fraser Institute)
  • John Mortimer, President (Canada LabourWatch Association)
  • Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director (Canadian Taxpayers Federation)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • The Honourable Patricia Hajdu, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour (Employment, Workforce Development and Labour)
  • Ginette Brazeau, Chairperson (Canada Industrial Relations Board)
  • Warren J. Newman, Senior General Counsel, Constitutional and Administrative Law Section (Department of Justice)
  • Chris Roberts, Director, Social and Economic Policy (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Bruce Ryder, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an Individual)
  • Lori Sterling, Deputy Minister of Labour (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Hassan Yussuff, President (Canadian Labour Congress)
Bill S-231, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources)
(2016-12-14) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 4:19 PM
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:35 AM
  • Miriam Brouillet, Legal Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services (Health Canada)
  • Kristen Mattison, Director, Controlled Substances Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 4:17 PM
  • Jamie Cameron, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an Individual)
  • Rachel Huntsman, Legal counsel, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Claude Robillard, Writer - La liberté de presse, la liberté de tous (As an Individual)
  • Tom Stamatakis, President (Canadian Police Association)
  • Kevan Stuart, Superintendent, Criminal Investigations Unit, Calgary Police Service (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Mark Bantey, Partner (Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP)
  • Stéphane Giroux, President of the Board of Directors (Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists)
  • Tom Henheffer, Executive Director (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression)
  • Christian Leblanc, Chair, Protection of Sources Committee (Canadian Media Lawyers Association)
  • Caroline Locher, Executive Director (Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists)
  • Iain MacKinnon, Media Lawyer (Canadian Media Lawyers Association)
  • William Trudell, Chair (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 4:17 PM
  • The Honourable Claude Carignan, P.C., sponsor of the bill
  • Michael Cooke, Editor, Torstar Newspaper Ltd.
  • Michel Cormier, General Manager, News and Current Affairs, French Services (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor in Chief, CBC News (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Brian Myles, Editor (Le Devoir)
  • Sébastien Pierre-Roy, Lawyer, Chenette, Litigation Boutique Inc.
  • Éric Trottier, Associate Editor and Vice-President, Information, La Presse, Ltd. (The Canadian Media Coalition)
  • David Walmsley, Editor in Chief (The Globe and Mail)
Bill C-224, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance — drug overdose)
(2016-12-01) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:35 AM
  • Miriam Brouillet, Legal Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services (Health Canada)
  • Kristen Mattison, Director, Controlled Substances Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice)
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:29 AM
  • Michael Crystal, Lawyer, Spiteri & Ursulak LLP (As an Individual)
  • Trevor Daroux, Retired Deputy Chief, Calgary Police Service (As an Individual)
  • Todd Doherty M.P., Cariboo - Prince George
  • Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health, Office of the Medical Officer of Health (Ottawa Public Health)
  • Ron McKinnon, M.P., Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam, sponsor of the bill
  • Christine Padaric (As an Individual)
  • Michael Parkinson, Community Engagement Coordinator (Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council)
Examine and report on the reports of the Chief Electoral Officer on the 42nd General Election of October 19, 2015 and associated matters dealing with Elections Canada’s conduct of the election
(2016-11-01) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:33 AM
  • Marc Chénier, General Counsel and Senior Director, Legal Services (Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections)
  • Yves Côté, Commissioner of Canada Elections (Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 4:20 PM
  • Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer (Elections Canada)
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Orders of Reference

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