Subcommittee on Private Members' Business

Committees are how Parliament examines specific issues in depth. They review bills, call expert witnesses, investigate scandals, and report all of this back to the House of Commons or the Senate. You can see this committee's members and recent activity below.

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  • Meeting on June 20, 2013
    The committee met to discuss:
    • Determination of non-votable items pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(1)
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    I'll report it to the procedure and House affairs committee probably today. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion

    It looks like a professional [Inaudible—Editor] by the Parti Québécois government.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • An hon. member spoke

    Agreed.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    Agreed?

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion

    It should not be non-votable. Yes.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    Okay. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • An hon. member spoke

    Agreed.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    Is the committee in favour of the bill?

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion

    I agree that it's something that colleagues should look at.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    It's something that can be dealt with at committee—

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion

    I agree with that.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard spoke

    There are some issues, but as long as the threshold is whether it's clearly unconstitutional, I suggest that it meets the criteria.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion

    The thing is it's the kind of issue the House will have to consider.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard spoke

    That's the proposal of the bill. This language is only to be found in this clause of the bill. The language in the other provisions of the bill is different. The language that we find elsewhere in the bill merely reproduces language that is already used in the Criminal Code with respect to bail provision. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion

    Is that the main purpose of the bill?

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard spoke

    It's not necessarily a hesitation. As members know, the threshold is whether it's clearly unconstitutional. By looking at one provision, in particular clause 1, which would amend subsection 161(1) of the Criminal Code with respect to a prohibition order, it would prohibit the offender from “being within two kilometres of a dwelling house where the offender knows or ought to know that the victim is present or can reasonably be expected to be present”.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion

    What do you mean by it may need some amendments, but it's not clearly unconstitutional? That means that you thought about it, and had some hesitation maybe, and then decided it was constitutional.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    Thank you.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard (Committee Researcher) spoke

    Bill C-489 would amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act respecting prohibition orders. It would prevent the offender from knowingly being within two kilometres of the residence of the victim. It would also make amendments to the provisions respecting probation orders, conditional sentencing, peace bonds, and parole provisions with respect to the offender communicating with the victim or being in a specified place. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    This is meeting number eight of the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. Today we're dealing with one issue, to determine the status of non-votable items pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(1). It's Bill C-489. It has been circulated. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Meeting on April 23, 2013
    The committee met to discuss:
    • Determination of non-votable items pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(1)
    Available from the parliament website: minutes - evidence - webcast
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    I know! ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Armstrong

    You confused me with the reverse terminology.

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Voices spoke

    Oh, oh!

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
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