Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Issue 41 - Minutes of Proceedings - June 20, 2013


OTTAWA, Thursday, June 20, 2013
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met this day at 10:39 a.m., in room 257, East Block, the chair, the Honourable Bob Runciman, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Baker, P.C., Batters, Boisvenu, Dagenais, Fraser, Jaffer, Joyal, P.C., McIntyre, Plett, Rivest, Runciman and Seth (12).

In attendance: Lyne Casavant and Cynthia Kirby, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the committee began its consideration of Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Civil Marriage Act.

WITNESSES:

Justice Canada:

Lisa Hitch, Senior Counsel, Family, Children and Youth Section.

As an individual:

Brenda Cossman, Professor of Law, Director, Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto (by video conference).

The chair made an opening statement.

Ms. Hitch made a statement and answered questions.

At 11:43 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:54 a.m., the committee resumed.

Ms. Cossman made a statement and answered questions.

At 12:33 p.m., it was agreed that the committee proceed to clause by clause consideration of Bill C-32.

It was agreed that the title stand postponed.

It was agreed that clause 1, which contains the short title, stand postponed.

It was agreed that clause 2 carry.

It was agreed that clause 3 carry.

It was agreed that clause 4 carry.

It was agreed that clause 5 carry.

It was agreed that clause 1, which contains the short title carry.

It was agreed that the title carry.

It was agreed that the bill carry.

It was agreed that the chair report the bill to the Senate.

At 12:34 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Shaila Anwar

Clerk of the Committee