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OTTAWA, Tuesday, February 27, 2024


Pursuant to the order of the Senate of Thursday, September 22, 2022 and of Tuesday, October 17, 2023, and the order of the House of Commons of Thursday, June 23, 2022, the Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency met this day at 6:31 p.m. ET in room 035-B, West Block, and with videoconference, the joint chair, the Honourable Gwen Boniface, presiding.

Representing the Senate: The Honourable Senators Boniface, Carignan, P.C., Harder, P.C. and Smith (4).

Representing the House of Commons: Larry Brock, Rhéal Éloi Fortin, Matthew Green, James Maloney, Glen Motz and Sherry Romanado (6).

Acting members from the House of Commons by videoconference: Yasir Naqvi for Rachel Bendayan (1).

Participating in the meeting: Iryna Zazulya and Ariel Shapiro, analysts, Library of Parliament.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, March 3, 2022, the committee continued its review of the exercise of powers and the performance of duties and functions pursuant to the declaration of emergency that was in effect from Monday, February 14, 2022, to Wednesday, February 23, 2022.


The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs;

The Honourable Arif Virani, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.


Privy Council Office:

Matthew Shea, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Ministerial Services and Corporate Affairs;

Alexandra Freeland, Acting Director General, Data and Information Services Directorate.

Translation Bureau:

Jean-François Lymburner, Chief Executive Officer;

Matthew Ball, Vice-President, Services to Parliament and Interpretation;

Annie Plouffe, Acting Vice-President, Policy and Corporate Services;

Julie Poirier, Acting Vice-President, Linguistic Services.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service:

David Vigneault, Director.

Department of Justice Canada:

Shalene Curtis-Micallef, Deputy Minister and Deputy Attorney General of Canada;

Samantha Maislin Dickson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio;

Jeanette Ettel, Senior Counsel, Human Rights Law Section.

Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada:

Shawn Tupper, Deputy Minister.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

Michael Duheme, Commissioner.

Matthew Shea and Jean-François Lymburner each made a statement and, together with Alexandra Freeland, Matthew Ball, Annie Plouffe and Julie Poirier, answered questions.

At 7:03 p.m., the joint chair, Mr. Green, took the chair.

At 7:08 p.m., the joint chair, the Honourable Senator Boniface, resumed the chair.

At 7:59 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 8:08 p.m., the committee resumed.

Minister LeBlanc and Minister Virani each made a statement and, together with David Vigneault and Shawn Tupper, answered questions.

At 8:43 p.m., the joint chair, Mr. Green, took the chair.

At 8:48 p.m., the joint chair, the Honourable Senator Boniface, resumed the chair.

At 9:29 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the joint chair.


Miriam Burke

Sébastien Payet

Joint Clerks of the Committee