Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 3, 2015

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 3, 2015

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney testifies as the committee begins its study of the government’s bill targeting drug use in federal prisons. Bill C-12 will allow the Parole Board of Canada to revoke parole after it has been granted if an offender fails or refuses to take a drug test before he or she is released. The Parole Board would also be authorized to apply a special condition that requires offenders to abstain from drugs or alcohol once they are released on parole.

The following witnesses also testify: Don Head (commissioner of Correctional Service Canada), Suzanne Brisebois (director general of policy, planning and operations, Parole Board of Canada), Angela Connidis (director general of corrections, Public Safety Canada), Kirsten Mattison (acting director of regulatory policy, Health Canada’s healthy environments and consumer safety branch), and Catherine Latimer (executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada). (June 3, 2015)