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The subject matter of those elements contained in Divisions 10 and 21 of Part 4 of Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures
(2019-05-02)
Bill C-77, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts
(2019-04-30)
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM
  • The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Defence (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Major Carly Arkell, , Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (As an Individual)
  • Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez, Judge Advocate General (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Pierre Charland, Member, Military Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Diane Crocker, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Saint Mary's University (As an Individual)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret'd) Rory Fowler (As an Individual)
  • Marie-Claude Gagnon, Founder (It's Just 700)
  • Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre, Commander, Military Personnel Command (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Christian Leuprecht, Professor, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Commodore Rebecca Patterson, Director General, Canadian Armed Forces Strategic Response Team - Sexual Misconduct (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Lieutnant-Colonel (Ret'd) Jean-Guy Perron (As an Individual)
  • Denise Preston, Executive Director, Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Colonel Stephen Strickey, Deputy Judge Advocate General, Military Justice (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:46 AM
  • Colonel Michel Drapeau ret'd, Senior Counsel, Michel Drapeau Law Office (As an Individual)
  • Heidi Illingworth, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Joshua Juneau, Barrister and Solicitor, Michel Drapeau Law Office (As an Individual)
  • Pascal Lévesque, Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law (Barreau du Québec)
Government Response to the nineteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, entitled "From Soldier to Civilian: professionalizing the Transition"
(2019-02-15)
Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters
(2018-12-11) Show Briefs
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 1:03 PM
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 1:31 PM
  • Doug Breithaupt, Director and General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • John Davies, Director General, National Security Policy (Public Safety Canada)
  • Tricia Geddes, Assistant Director, Policy and Strategic Partnerships (Canadian Security Intelligence Service)
  • Scott Millar, Deputy Chief, Policy and Communications (Communications Security Establishment)
Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:01 AM
  • Dr. Ruby Alvi, Parent and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (No Fly List Kids)
  • Alexandra Bahary, Lawyer, National Security (Ligue des droits et libertés)
  • Denis Barrette, Lawyer, National Security (Ligue des droits et libertés)
  • Jonatan Cotler, Israeli Intelligence Consultant (As an Individual)
  • Richard Fadden, Former National Security Advisor and Director of CSIS (As an Individual)
  • Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director (The National Council of Canadian Muslims)
  • Mark Freiman, Former Lead Commission Counsel for the Air India Inquiry (As an Individual)
  • Yavar Hameed (Canadian Muslin Lawyers Association)
  • Isaac Kfir, Director, National Security Program and Head, Counter-terrorism Policy Centre (Australia Strategic Policy Institute)
  • Jeff Matthews, Parent and Canadian Armed Forces Veteran (No Fly List Kids)
  • Tim McSorley, National Coordinator (International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)
  • Justin Mohammed, Campaigner, Human Rights Law and Policy (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Leila Nasr, Communications Coordinator (The National Council of Canadian Muslims)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:34 PM
  • The Honourable Pierre Blais, Chair (Security Intelligence Review Committee)
  • Chantelle Bowers, Acting Executive Director (Security Intelligence Review Committee)
  • Guylaine A. Dansereau, Executive Director (Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner)
  • Darryl Hirsch, Director of Research (Security Intelligence Review Committee)
  • Gérard Normand, Special Legal Advisor (Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner)
  • The Honourable Jean-Pierre Plouffe, Commissioner (Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner)
Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM
  • Shimon Fogel, Chief Executive Officer (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs)
  • Craig Forcese, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Brenda McPhail, Director, Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Program (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
  • Errol Mendes, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer (B'Nai Brith Canada)
  • Michael Nesbitt, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary (As an Individual)
  • The Honourable Hugh D. Segal, Principal, Massey College , and Chair, NATO Association of Canada, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Steven G. Slimovitch, National Legal Counsel (B'Nai Brith Canada)
  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Wesley Wark, Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Leah West, Lecturer (incoming), Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University (As an Individual)
  • Kate Wilson, Legal Counsel, Legal Services Directorate (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Cara Zwibel, Director, Fundamental Freedoms Program (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 11:45 AM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Doug Breithaupt, Director and General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Malcolm Brown, Deputy Minister (Public Safety Canada)
  • Shelly Bruce, Chief (Communications Security Establishment)
  • Elisabeth Eid, Assistant Deputy Minister, Defence and Immigration Portfolio (Public Safety Canada)
  • David Vigneault, Director (Canadian Security Intelligence Service)
Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms
(2018-12-11) Show Briefs
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM
  • Alexandra Budgell, Team Leader and Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Paula Clarke, Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Randall Koops, Director General, Policing Policy (Public Safety Canada)
  • Robert Mackinnon, Director, Firearms Business Improvement Directorate (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 11:46 AM
  • The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P., Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction (Public Safety Canada)
  • Dr. Michael Ackermann, Rural Family Medicine (As an Individual)
  • Alexandra Budgell, Team Leader and Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Randall Koops, Director General, Policing Policy (Public Safety Canada)
  • Robert Mackinnon, Director, Firearms Business Improvement Directorate (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Kellie Paquette, Director General, Canadian Firearms Program (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Charles Taylor, Managing Director (Movie Armaments Group)
Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM
  • Chief Evan Bray, Co-chair, Special Purpose Committee on Firearms (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Dr. Teri Bryant (Alberta Arms and Cartridge Collectors Association)
  • Matt DeMille, Manager, Fish and Wildlife Services (Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters)
  • Dr. Alan Drummond, Co-chair, Public Affairs Committee (Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians)
  • Bernie Farber, Chair (Canadian Anti-Hate Network)
  • Ross Faulkner, Owner (The Gun Dealer)
  • Robert Henderson, Owner (Access Heritage)
  • Kate MacQuarrie (Association of Women Shooters of P.E.I.)
  • Brian McRae, Senior Advisor (Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters)
  • Dr. Howard Ovens, Member, Public Affairs Committee (Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians)
  • Chief Adam Palmer, President (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Wayne Rideout, Deputy Director, Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service (Government of British Columbia)
  • Linda Silas, President (Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions)
  • Chuck Zuckerman, Chairperson, BCWF Firearms and Recreational Sport Shooting Committee (B.C. Wildlife Federation)
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:01 AM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Alexandra Budgell, Team Leader and Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Edward Burlew, Barrister and Solicitor (As an Individual)
  • Amanda Dale, Executive Director (Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic)
  • Daniel Fritter, Publisher (Calibre - Canada's Firearm Magazine)
  • Gerry Gamble, President (The Sporting Clubs of Niagara)
  • Phaedra Glushek, Director and General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Gerald Ingeveld, Director (Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association)
  • Randall Koops, Director General, Policing Policy (Public Safety Canada)
  • Robert Mackinnon, Director, Firearms Business Improvement Directorate (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Lise Martin, Executive Director (Women's Shelters Canada)
  • Brian Mishara, Professor, Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal (As an Individual)
  • Ray Orb, President (Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities)
  • Kellie Paquette, Director General, Canadian Firearms Program (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Marc Renaud, President (Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs)
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 11:02 AM
  • Boufeldja Benabdallah, President and Co-Founder (Centre culturel islamique de Québec)
  • Adam Caruana, Director (Firearms Outlet Canada)
  • Irwin M. Cohen, Director, Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research, University of the Fraser Valley (As an Individual)
  • Alison de Groot, Director (Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association)
  • Jérôme Gaudreault, Director General (Association québécoise de prévention du suicide)
  • Matthew Hipwell (Wolverine Supplies)
  • Dr. Barbara Kane, Psychiatrist (Coalition for Gun Control)
  • Marty Kerluck, Owner (Toronto Firearm Safety Services)
  • Caillin Langmann, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, McMaster University (As an Individual)
  • Jooyoung Lee, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Gary Mauser, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University (As an Individual)
  • Dave Partanen, Spokesperson (Silverdale Gun Club)
  • Nathalie Provost, Spokesperson (Groupe des étudiants et diplômés de Polytechnique pour le contrôle des armes (Polysesouvient))
  • Heidi Rathjen, Coordinator (Groupe des étudiants et diplômés de Polytechnique pour le contrôle des armes (Polysesouvient))
  • Dr. Natasha Saunders, Physician, Hospital for Sick Children (Canadian Paediatric Society)
  • Wendy Vasquez, Spokesperson (NOT HERE)
  • Wes Winkel, President (Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:48 AM
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  • Dr. Najma Ahmed (Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns)
  • Kathy AuCoin, Assistant Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Michèle Audette, Commissioner, National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (As an Individual)
  • Tony Bernardo, Executive Director (Canadian Shooting Sports Association)
  • Sheldon Clare, President (National Firearms Association)
  • Yvan Clermont, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Adam Cotter, Analyst , Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Wendy Cukier, President (Coalition for Gun Control)
  • Adam Ellis, Vanier Scholar, University of Toronto-Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies (As an Individual)
  • Evelyn Fox, Founder (Communities for ZERO Violence)
  • Solomon Friedman, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Edelson & Friedman LLP (As an Individual)
  • Rod Giltaca, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director (The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights)
  • Dr. Sandra Honour, Volunteer President (Shooting Federation of Canada)
  • Alison Irons (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Julie Maggi (Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns)
  • Louis March, Founder (Zero Gun Violence Movement)
  • Ghislain Picard, Chief (Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador)
  • James Smith, President, National Range Officers Institute (International Practical Shooting Confederation of Canada)
  • Steve Torino, President (Canadian Shooting Sports Association)
  • Irvin Waller, Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Marcell Wilson, Co-founder and Co-Executive Director, One By One (As an Individual)
  • Stuart Wuttke, Legal Counsel (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Dennis R. Young (As an Individual)
Special report of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians into the allegations associated with Prime Minister Trudeau’s official visit to India in February 2018
(2018-12-03)
Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act
(2018-10-23) Show Briefs
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 3:01 PM
  • Adnan Khan, Director, Assessment Verification Division, Collections and Verification Branch (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Andrew Lawrence, Acting Director General, Travellers Programs Directorate (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Jeremy Sales, Director General, Integrity Strategic Directions, Integrity Services Branch, Service Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM
  • Grand Chief Abram Benedict (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne)
  • Martin Dompierre, Principal (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Rey Koslowski, Director of the Master of International Affairs Program, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University of Albany (As an Individual)
  • Edward Roundpoint, Chief, Kawehnoke District
  • Nicholas Swales, Principal (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 12:02 PM
  • Lara Ives, Director, Government Advisory Directorate (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 1:01 PM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Martin Bolduc, Vice President, Programs Branch (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Mieke Bos, Director General, Admissibility (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Marc-André Daigle, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Global Case Management System Coordination, Immigration Program Guidance (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Andrew Lawrence, Acting Director General, Travellers Programs Directorate (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Brenda McPhail, Director, Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Program (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
  • Tim McSorley, National Coordinator (International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)
  • Wesley K. Wark, Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
Bill C-211, An Act respecting a federal framework on post-traumatic stress disorder
(2018-05-03)
Monday, June 11, 2018 at 1:34 PM
  • Dr. Denise Preston, Executive Director, Sexual Misconduct Response Centre
  • General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM
  • Dr. Patrick Baillie, President (Canadian Psychological Association)
  • Lina Carrese, Acting Director of Mental Health, Health Professionals Division (Veterans Affairs Canada)
  • Karen Cohen, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Psychological Association)
  • Todd Doherty M.P., sponsor of the bill
  • Stéphanie Durand, Director General, Policy and Outreach (Public Safety Canada)
  • Larisa Galadza, Director General, Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Colonel Rakesh Jetly, Senior Psychiatrist and Mental Health Advisor, Canadian Forces Health Services Group (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Anna Romano, Director General, Centre for Health Promotion (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Linda Silas, President (Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Part 4 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) Show Briefs
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM
  • Brenda Lucki, Commissioner (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Monday, May 28, 2018 at 1:02 PM
  • Col. David Antonyshyn, Deputy Judge Advocate General, Military Justice (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett, Director General, Canadian Armed Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • The Honourable Marie Deschamps, C.C. (As an Individual)
  • Sanela Dursun, Director, Research Personnel and Family Support (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Marie-Claude Gagnon, Founder (It's Just 700)
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 1:06 PM
  • Faith McIntyre, Director General, Policy and Research Division, Strategic Policy and Commemoration (Veterans Affairs Canada)
  • Brian McKenna, Director (Equitas Society)
The subject matter of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, insofar as it relates to Canada’s borders
(2018-02-15) Show Briefs
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:08 PM
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:09 PM
  • Jonathan Blackham, Director, Policy and Public Affairs (Canadian Trucking Alliance)
  • His Worship Drew Dilkens, Mayor (City of Windsor)
  • Scott Railton, Attorney, Cascadia Cross-Border Law (As an Individual)
  • Lak Shoan, Director, Policy and Industry Awareness Programs (Canadian Trucking Alliance)
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:32 PM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Trevor Bhupsingh, Director General, Law Enforcement and Border Strategies (Public Safety Canada)
  • Lorne Waldman, Lawyer (As an Individual)
Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:03 PM
  • Peter Hill, Associate Vice-President, Programs Branch (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • John Hudak, Deputy Director, Center for Effective Public Management (Brookings Institution)
  • Gil Kerlikowske, former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (As an Individual)
  • Len Saunders, Attorney at Law, The Immigration Law Firm (As an Individual)
  • Jamie Solesme, Superintendent, Federal Policing, Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Kevin Thompson, Director General, North America Strategy Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
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