Thank you, Chair.
Thank you to the minister and the officials for being here today.
This is an important piece of legislation. I'd like to concur with the minister that on more than one occasion this side did ask that this study be conducted, because we were well aware of the review period that was in the original legislation, not only in this bill but also on the DNA data bank.
Some of us on this side have been here a little bit longer, but we also dealt with other issues that were mandated by time, including the security certificates and so on.
The committee, for whatever reason, made its own decisions not to do this in a timely fashion, and I certainly wouldn't quarrel with that, but it has obviously resulted in some finger-pointing, which is not necessarily accurate.
Having said that, we do have the bill. I think it's a good bill and I think the minister has been very clear that amendments to the bill would, perhaps, be expected and would be accepted, coming from the committee. So I think what all of us need to do going forward is to make sure we have a very good bill that goes to the House.
I'd like to follow up a little bit on Mr. McColeman's comment about the automatic inclusion. Some of us on this side have perhaps had more dealings...but not only this side; I think Mr. Kania has had some dealings with folks in these incidents, both the victims and the perpetrators of the crime. I think most of us would agree that the automatic inclusion is so important, and in a broad sense, that the criminals who are sex offenders don't start at the top. They start at the bottom and work their way up. Some folks think that these are less than serious crimes, but they are the precursors to the more serious crimes. So automatic inclusion as a tool in the toolbox of the investigators is extremely important.
I'm wondering, Minister, if you could expand on any of those issues with respect to the importance of the automatic inclusion of the offences that are listed.