MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Meeting No. 62
Thursday, June 12, 2003
The Standing Committee on Justice
and Human Rights met at 3:42 p.m. this day, in Room 701, La Promenade Building,
the Chair, Hon. Andy Scott, presiding.
Members of the Committee present: Chuck
Cadman, Hon. Hedy Fry, Marlene Jennings, John Maloney, Richard Marceau, John
McKay, Pat O'Brien, Joe Peschisolido, Hon. Andy Scott, Kevin Sorenson.
Acting Members present: Stockwell Day for
Garry Breitkreuz, John Harvard for Irwin Cotler, Réal Ménard for Robert
Lanctôt, Sue Barnes for Derek Lee, Anita Neville for Paul Harold Macklin, Svend
Robinson for Hon. Lorne Nystrom, Grant McNally for Vic Toews.
In attendance: From the Library of
Parliament: Philip Rosen, senior analyst, Kristen Douglas, analyst.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee
resumes its study on marriage and the legal recognition of same-sex unions.
Debate resumed on Svend Robinson’s motion (See
Minutes of Proceedings, Thursday, June 12, 2003, Meeting No. 61).
After debate, the question was put on the motion
and the result of the vote was announced:
Sue Barnes Chuck
The Hon. Hedy Fry Stockwell
John Harvard John
Marlene Jennings John
Richard Marceau John
Réal Ménard Pat
Svend Robinson Kevin
Chair voted in the affirmative for the following reasons:
BY THE CHAIR
“I've paid a great deal of
attention over the course of these hearings in every part of Canada. I had a
forum in my own constituency, which had 675 people there, and I listened. In
1999, I voted to keep the definition of “marriage” as it had existed. I have
listened. I've listened with great respect to my colleagues, with a variety of
views. I also have been informed by a number of judgments of the courts. I
don't feel compelled to vote in any particular way because of what those
judgments have said, but I also feel that I feel informed by them. It's a part
of this process, in my opinion. Therefore, I will be voting in support of the
motion of Mr. Robinson.”
motion was agreed to.
moved -- That the Government of Canada appeal both the B.C. Court and the
Ontario Court decisions (re. same-sex marriage) to the Supreme Court.
having ruled part of the motion out of order, debate arose on the new motion:
-- That the Government of Canada appeal the B.C. Court decision (re. same-sex
marriage) to the Supreme Court.
At 5:19 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 5:54 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Debate resumed on Pat O’Brien’s motion.
At 6:12 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call
of the Chair.
Clerk of the