Okay, ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to call this meeting to order. We'll use the BlackBerry time instead of the clock in the back. I know there will likely be bells at 5:30 for votes at 6:00, so I want to make sure we get this meeting completed by 5:30.
Welcome to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, meeting number 59. Pursuant to the order of reference of Friday, November 30, 2012, we're dealing today with Bill S-9, An Act to amend the Criminal Code.
For the first hour we have scheduled two sets of witnesses. I will introduce them in a moment. Then we are going to go to clause-by-clause on this bill. If we don't last the full hour with the witnesses we have, we'll move right to clause-by-clause. Then after that, I anticipate the motion that was deferred to this meeting from Monday's meeting will be reintroduced and we'll deal with it then. That's the schedule for today.
First, let me thank our witnesses for coming.
We have from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr. Shawn Barber, the acting director general for the global partnership program. I'll allow him to introduce the guests with him.
Via video conference from Cambridge, Massachusetts, I want to welcome Professor Matthew Bunn, who's from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Welcome, Professor.
We will have opening statements. We'll start with the Department of Foreign Affairs, and then we'll move to Professor Bunn, and then we'll have questions.
The floor is yours, Mr. Barber.