Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, M.P.
Standing Committee on Public Safety
and National Security
House of Commons
131 Queen Street, Room 5-78
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Dear Mr. Breitkreuz:
We are pleased to table the Government's Response to the Second Report of the
Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security: Statutory Review of
the DNA Identification Act in accordance with Standing Order 109 of the
House of Commons.
The Government of Canada recognizes that the National DNA Data Bank is a
vital component of the criminal justice system that contributes to the safety
and security of Canadians by identifying perpetrators of crimes and exonerating
those who have been wrongly suspected of committing crimes. The Government of
Canada is committed to making the best possible use of DNA in the criminal
justice system while respecting the Charter and privacy rights of
The recommendations made by the Standing Committee are acceptable in
principle to the Government. The Government will therefore consult with the
provinces, law enforcement and other stakeholders on a priority basis with a
view to developing a consensus on how best to proceed.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the other members of
the Committee for your excellent work in reviewing the DNA Identification
Act and providing constructive recommendations.
The Honourable Rob Nicholson
Minister of Justice and Attorney
General of Canada
The Honourable Peter Van Loan
Minister of Public Safety