I call the meeting to order.
This is meeting 18 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. For the record, today is Tuesday, May 25, 2010.
You have before you the agenda for today. Today we're continuing with our review of Bill C-4--Sébastien's Law--an act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other acts.
Members of the committee, let me offer a note about this study. As of the deadline of May 14, a total of 44 witnesses had been submitted by members of the committee. A week later, a week after the deadline, we received another list from the Bloc. There are a number of issues we have to address. One is how we manage the witnesses we have; secondly, what happens with the Bloc's witness list; and thirdly, establishing a date for a steering committee. Those are all issues that are important, because we're trying to manage this and move the bill forward.
Given that we haven't been able to have a steering committee meeting because of conflicts in scheduling, I am proposing that we schedule eight witnesses per meeting—in each two-hour meeting we would have eight witnesses—and try to move them forward quickly. Also, I hope to complete clause-by-clause by June 15. That would give us seven more meetings for some 40 witnesses plus clause-by-clause.
I don't know what the will of the committee is. I want to manage this in a way that is effective, that is efficient, that doesn't shortchange anybody, but that at the same time doesn't drag it out unnecessarily.
What's your feeling?