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
The the subject matter of those elements contained in Parts 1, 2, 8, 9 and 14 of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts
(2018-02-15)
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
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Sheri Arsenault (As an Individual)
  • Erika Chamberlain, Professor and Dean of Law, The University of Western Ontario (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 4:15 PM
  • Witness(es) to follow (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
  • Howard Bebbington, Chair, Policy Review Committee (Canadian Criminal Justice Association)
  • Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
  • Josephine A. de Whytell, Barrister and Attorney-at-Law (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 Services)
  • 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 Services)
  • Tom Stamatakis, President (Canadian Police Association)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Trevor Bhupsingh, Director General, Law Enforcement and Border Strategies Directorate (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
  • Byron Boucher, Assistant Commissioner Contract and Aboriginal Policing (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Rachel Huggins, Manager, Policy Development (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
  • Daryl Mayers, Chair, Alcohol Test Committee (Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences)
  • Wade Oldford, Chief Superintendent and Director General, Forensic 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)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector (Department of Justice)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector (Department of Justice)
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 and Emergency Preparedness)
  • Kathy Thompson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector (Department of Justice)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Bill Blair M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health, House of Commons
  • The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice)
  • François A. Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector (Department of Justice)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Policy Sector (Department of Justice)
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)
  • 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)
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 (Legislation), 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)
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Orders of Reference

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