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(Meeting No. 26)

Wednesday, May 13, 1998

The Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access met at 3:50 o’clock p.m., this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Joint Chairs, the Honourable Landon Pearson and Roger Gallaway presiding.

Members of the Committee present:

From the Senate: The Honourable Senators Joan Cook, Anne Cools, Mabel DeWare, Duncan Jessiman and Landon Pearson.

From the House of Commons: Carolyn Bennett, Sheila Finestone, Paul Forseth, Roger Gallaway and Eric Lowther.

Other Member present: Shaunessy Cohen.

In attendance: From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament: Kristen Douglas, Research Coordinator. Ron Stewart, Research Advisor.

Witnesses: From the University of Michigan Law School: Professor Thomas B. Darnton, Child Advocacy Law Clinic. From Washtenaw County, Michigan: John Kirkendall, Judge. From Family Mediation Canada: Michael Guravich, President; Orysia Kostiuk. From Family Services Canada: Maggie Fietz, Executive Director; Kathleen Stephenson, Researcher. As Individual: Jeanne Byron; Diana Carr; Dr. Margaret Decorte.

Pursuant to its Orders of Reference from the Senate dated October 28, 1997 and from the House of Commons dated November 18, 1997 the Committee resumed its study relating to child custody and access.

The witnesses made opening statements and answered questions.

At 5:40 o'clock p.m. the sitting was suspended.

At 6:10 o'clock p.m. the sitting resumed.

The witnesses made opening statements and answered questions.

At 8:00 o’clock p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Joint Clerks of the Committee