Evidence of meeting #15 for Justice and Human Rights in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was mandatory.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Catherine Kane  Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Department of Justice
  • Philippe Massé  Director, Temporary Resident Policy and Program, Department of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Paul Saint-Denis  Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Department of Justice

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Dave MacKenzie

We'll call the meeting to order.

This is meeting number 15 dealing with Bill C-10, an act to enact the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and to amend the State Immunity Act, the Criminal Code, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other acts. We're doing clause-by-clause consideration.

However, before we begin that, there are a couple of committee business items. Tomorrow our regularly scheduled meeting is at 8:30, and the clerk says we have to meet at 7:30 or not at all. So I decided we wouldn't meet.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Robert Goguen Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, NB

I'd move for not at all.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Dave MacKenzie

Because we've put in our hours, and more than our hours, this week, there will not be a meeting tomorrow morning.

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Harris St. John's East, NL

I think I can agree, without any sense of guilt or dereliction of duty on behalf of myself and all of our colleagues. I think we've put in our share of time on this committee this week and last.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Dave MacKenzie

Thank you.

Mr. Harris has indicated he has a....

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Harris St. John's East, NL

I have a motion for which notice has been given. It reads:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 81(5), the Committee consider the Supplementary Estimates (B) 2011-12 under JUSTICE, and that the Committee invite the Minister to appear on or before December 1, 2011.

I submit that.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Dave MacKenzie

I believe there is an error in the French version that has been corrected.

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Harris St. John's East, NL

I have changed the French version on the one submitted to the clerk to read le 1er décembre.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Dave MacKenzie

Mr. Jean.

November 23rd, 2011 / 3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

Mr. Chair, what is the last day we can consider supplementary estimates before the expiry? How many days do we have?

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Harris St. John's East, NL

That may be the last day. That's why it's “on or before”. That leaves at least two meetings next week when we can do that.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

That's what I'm wondering, first of all. And also, of course, we have no idea of the availability of the minister at this time, so we'd have to consult before we could deal with any of this.

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Harris St. John's East, NL

We left that time available, but ministers traditionally make themselves available for committee estimates.

3:30 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

Absolutely.

3:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Harris St. John's East, NL

That's been the convention of Parliament.