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.

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Studies & Bills Date Referred  note  note
Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
(2018-06-06)
Bill S-239, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (eliminating foreign funding)
(2018-06-05)
Bill C-337, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (sexual assault)
(2018-05-31)
Bill S-206, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence)
(2018-05-31)
Bill C-51, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act
(2018-05-10) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 4:19 PM
  • The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Raymond MacCallum, Senior Counsel, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector, Human Rights Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Jamie Cameron, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (Centre for Free Expression)
  • Steve Coughlan, Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (As an Individual)
  • Elaine Craig, Associate Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (As an Individual)
  • Hilla Kerner, Collective Member (Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter)
  • Karen Segal, Counsel (Women's Legal Education and Action Fund)
  • Lisa Taylor, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Ryerson University (Centre for Free Expression)
  • James L. Turk, Director, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University (Centre for Free Expression)
Bill C-50, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing)
(2018-05-03) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 3:19 PM
  • The Honourable Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Democratic Institutions (Democratic Institutions)
  • Jean-François Morin, Senior Policy Advisor (Privy Council Office)
  • Riri Shen, Director of Operations (Privy Council Office)
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 10:33 AM
  • Mario Dion, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner (Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner)
  • Martine Richard, Senior General Counsel (Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner)
  • Lori Turnbull, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University (As an Individual)
  • Nelson Wiseman, Director, Canadian Studies Program, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:25 PM
  • Jean-François Morin, Senior Policy Advisor (Privy Council Office)
  • Riri Shen, Director of Operations (Privy Council Office)
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Anne Lawson, General Counsel and Senior Director (Office of the Chief Electoral Officer)
  • François Leblanc, Director, Political Financing and Audit (Office of the Chief Electoral Officer)
  • Stéphane Perrault, Acting Chief Electoral Officer (Office of the Chief Electoral Officer)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Divisions 15 and 20 of Part 6 of Bill C-74, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures
(2018-04-24) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Anne Lawson, General Counsel and Senior Director (Office of the Chief Electoral Officer)
  • François Leblanc, Director, Political Financing and Audit (Office of the Chief Electoral Officer)
  • Stéphane Perrault, Acting Chief Electoral Officer (Office of the Chief Electoral Officer)
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 3:20 PM
  • Marco Mendicino, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • John Dillon, Senior Vice President, Policy and Corporate Counsel (Business Council of Canada)
  • Alexander Dyck, Professor of Finance and Economic Analysis and Policy, Manulife Financial Chair in Financial Services, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Norma Kozhaya, Research Vice President and Chief Economist (Quebec Employers Council)
  • Catherine McKinnon, Senior Counsel, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector, Judicial Affairs, Courts and Tribunal Policy (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Mark Morrison, Director (Transparency International Canada)
  • Ann Sheppard, Senior Counsel, Policy Sector, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Lynne Tomson, Director General, Integrity and Forensic Accounting Management (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Inspector Gordon Aristotle, Financial Crime, Federal Policing Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Joanne Crampton, Assistant Commissioner, Federal Policing Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Marc A. Giroux, Commissioner (Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs)
  • Catherine McKinnon, Senior Counsel, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector, Judicial Affairs, Courts and Tribunal Policy (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Ann Sheppard, Senior Counsel, Policy Sector, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Parts 1, 2, 8, 9 and 14 of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act
(2018-02-15) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 2:34 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:32 AM
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Miville Bédard, Retired member of the Sûreté du Québec (As an Individual)
  • Jean-Marc Fournier, Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie and Government House Leader (Government of Quebec)
  • Marwah Rizqy, Assistant Professor, Department of Taxation, University of Sherbrooke’s School of Management (As an Individual)
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10:35 AM
  • John Dickie, President (Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 5:13 PM
  • Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
  • Paul J. Calarco, Member, Criminal Justice Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Patrick Émond, Director, Research and Policy (Fédération québécoise des municipalités)
  • Gaylene Schellenberg, Staff Lawyer (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Dr. Karine J. Igartua, President (Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec)
  • Nicolas Le Grand Alary, Lawyer, Secretariat of the Order and Legal Affairs (Barreau du Québec)
  • Pascal Lévesque, Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law (Barreau du Québec)
  • Yvon Soucy, Warden, Kamouraska RCM (Fédération québécoise des municipalités)
  • Luc Thibaudeau, Chair of the Committee on Consumer Protection (Barreau du Québec)
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Chief Mario Harel, President (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Ayesha Kumararatne, Barrister and Solicitor, Affiliate Counsel to the Federal Practice Group (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • Eric Neubauer, Representative (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
  • Deputy Chief Constable Mike Serr, Co-Chair, Drug Advisory Committee (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Michael Spratt, Member, Lawyer, Abergel Goldstein and Partners (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • Tom Stamatakis, President (Canadian Police Association)
  • Mark Walters, Professor of Law, McGill University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Serge Brochu, Scientific Director, University Institute on Addictions, Professor Emeritus, University of Montreal (As an Individual)
  • Benedikt Fischer, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Rebecca Jesseman, Policy Director (Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:33 AM
  • Trevor Bhupsingh, Director General, Law Enforcement and Border Strategies (Public Safety Canada)
  • John Clare, Director, Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs (Health Canada)
  • Eric Costen, Director General, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat (Health Canada)
  • Chief Superintendent Dennis Daley, Director General, National Criminal Operations, Contract and Aboriginal Policing (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Superintendent Yves Goupil, Director, Federal Policing Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Rachel Huggins, Manager, Policy Development (Public Safety Canada)
  • Kimberly Lavoie, Director, Drug Policy (Public Safety Canada)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 4:16 PM
  • John Clare, Director, Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs (Health Canada)
  • Eric Costen, Director General, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat (Health Canada)
  • Diane Labelle, General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
(2017-12-14) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 3:18 PM
  • Mr. Don Stuart, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University (As an Individual)
  • Joanne Wells, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • Trevor Bhupsingh, Director General, Law Enforcement and Border Strategies (Public Safety Canada)
  • Rachel Huggins, Manager, Policy Development (Public Safety Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Lennard Busch, Vice President West and Chief of Police of the File Hills First Nations Police Service (First Nations Chiefs of Police Association)
  • Ian Jack, Managing Director, Communications and Government Relations (Canadian Automobile Association)
  • Marc Paris, Executive Director (Drug Free Kids Canada)
  • Hubert Sacy, Director General (Éduc'alcool)
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Kathleen Fox, Chair (Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
  • Gary G. Kay, President, Associate Professor of Neurology, Georgetown University School of Medicine (Cognitive Research Corporation)
  • Jean L. Laporte, Chief Operating Officer (Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
  • Wade Oldford, Chief Superintendent and Director General, National Forensic Laboratory Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Gillian Sayer, Toxicology Scientific Officer (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Graham Wood, Chief Research and Development Officer (Altasciences Clinical Research)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Serge Buy, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Ferry Association)
  • Gérald Gauthier, Acting President (Railway Association of Canada)
  • Derrick Hynes, Executive Director (Federally Regulated Employers Transportation and Communications)
  • Brian Leck, Head of Legal and General Counsel (Toronto Transit Commission)
  • Nathalie Léveillé, Coordinator, Legal Affairs and Compliance (Association du camionnage du Québec)
  • Megan MacRae, Executive Director, Human Resources (Toronto Transit Commission)
  • Simon-Pierre Paquette, Legal Counsel, Canadian National Railway (Railway Association of Canada)
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Sheri Arsenault (As an Individual)
  • Markitas Kaulius, Founder and President (Families for Justice)
  • Sarah E. Leamon, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Acumen Law Corporation (As an Individual)
  • Kyla Lee, Lawyer, Acumen Law Corporation (As an Individual)
  • Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer (Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada)
  • Grace G. Pesa (As an Individual)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 4:25 PM
  • Howard Bebbington, Chair, Policy Review Committee (Canadian Criminal Justice Association)
  • François Boillat-Madfouny, Member of the CCJA Policy Review Committee (Canadian Criminal Justice Association)
  • Adam Steven Boni, Representative (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
  • Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
  • Josephine A. de Whytell, Barrister and Solicitor (Indigenous Bar Association)
  • Michael Edelson, Member and Lawyer, Edelson and Friedman LLP (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • Jonathan Leebosh, Member, Immigration Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • James Palangio, Crown Counsel (Canadian Association of Crown Counsel)
  • Kathryn Pentz, Q.C., Secretary, Criminal Justice Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Jonathan Rudin, Program Director (Aboriginal Legal Services)
  • Leo Russomanno, Ottawa Director and Lawyer, Russomanno Criminal Law (Criminal Lawyers Association)
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Chuck Cox, Chief Superintendent and Co-Chair of the CACP Traffic Committee (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Laurie Fenton, Project Manager Traffic Stop Race Based Data Collection (Ottawa Police Service)
  • Lt. Jean-François Grégoire, Shift Supervisor (Gatineau Police)
  • Chief Mario Harel, President (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Lara Malashenko, Legal Counsel, Ottawa Police Services, CACP Law Amendments Committee (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Chris Rheaume, Superintendent Support Services (Ottawa Police Service)
  • Tom Stamatakis, President (Canadian Police Association)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Trevor Bhupsingh, Director General, Law Enforcement and Border Strategies (Public Safety Canada)
  • Byron Boucher, Assistant Commissioner Contract and Aboriginal Policing (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Rachel Huggins, Manager, Policy Development (Public Safety Canada)
  • Daryl Mayers, Chair, Alcohol Test Committee (Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences)
  • Wade Oldford, Chief Superintendent and Director General, National Forensic Laboratory Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Amy Peaire, Chair, Drugs and Driving Committee (Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences)
  • D'Arcy Smith, Special Advisor, Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • Kathy Aucoin, Chief, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Yvan Clermont, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • François A. Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Kevin Brosseau, Acting Commissioner (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Rachel Huggins, Manager, Policy and Development, Serious and Organized Crime Strategies Division, Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch (Public Safety Canada)
  • Kathy Thompson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch (Public Safety Canada)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health
  • The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • François A. Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-60, An Act 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
(2017-11-22)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • Jean-Charles Bélanger, Deputy Chief Legislative Counsel (Legislation), Legislative Services Branch, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Mala Khanna, Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Jacqueline Yost, Legislative Counsel, Legislative Services Branch, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice Canada)
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Orders of Reference

A committee’s order of reference is the Order of the Senate that authorizes it to examine a bill or to undertake a special study. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. Three standing committees do, however, have permanent orders of reference, allowing them to undertake their work without waiting for a specific order of reference. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament (responsible for proposing amendments to the rules of the Senate, examining questions of privilege and consideration of the orders and customs of the Senate and privileges of Parliament), the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (responsible for the financial and administrative matters relating to the internal management of the Senate) and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.