I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 73 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Pursuant to the order adopted by the House on March 22, the committee is meeting in public to continue its study of Bill S-224, an act to amend the Criminal Code, trafficking in persons.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format pursuant to the House order of June 23, 2022. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
I'd like to take a few moments for the benefit of the witnesses.... Actually, I'll pass. I think you are all well experienced, and so are Mr. Caputo and the analysts online. I think we're good to pass on Zoom instructions.
I welcome the officials from the Department of Justice, who will help us by answering technical questions about this bill and the amendments. We have with us Nathalie Levman, senior counsel, and Ellen Wiltsie-Brown, counsel, both from the criminal law policy section.
Welcome, both of you.
We're ready to start clause-by-clause. I'd like to provide members of the committee with some reminders on the process.
Members should note that new amendments must be submitted in writing to the clerk of the committee. During debate on amendments, members are permitted to move subamendments. These subamendments must be submitted in writing. They do not require the approval of the mover of the amendment.
All of you received the agenda and the amendments package again yesterday. Let's now proceed with the clause-by-clause study of the bill.
I will now call clause 1 and Bloc amendment 1, number 12547306.