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The Hon. Pana  Merchant, B.A. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Pana Merchant represents the province of Saskatchewan and the Senatorial Division of Saskatchewan. She has served in the Senate of Canada since December 12, 2002.

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Senate Committee to Begin Public Hearings on Bill C-19

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Posted on 13 March 2012

Ottawa (March 13, 2012) - The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs will begin public hearings on Bill C-19, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety will be the first witness to appear before the committee.

As a part of the legislative process, the Senate refers the study of most bills to various committees in order to allow for a more detailed and thorough examination. Senate committees often invite individuals, experts, stakeholder groups, public servants and ministers of the Crown to appear before them in order to receive information relevant to the bill under consideration. Bill C-19 was referred to the committee by the Senate on March 8, 2012, for further consideration.

In order to complete its examination of the bill, the committee intends to hold hearings on March 14, 15, 28 and 29. These hearings will be open to the public and also available live via webcast.

You will find background information on this bill and its progress on the Parliament of Canada’s LEGISinfo website here:

For committee meeting times, agenda, mandate, membership, recent reports and minutes of proceeding, please see:


The Senate of Canada is on Twitter: @SenateCA, follow the committee using the hashtags #LCJC #SenCA and #C-19

For more information, please contact:

Brigitte Lemay                                                                 or                           Shaila Anwar
Media Relations                                                                                              Committee Clerk
Tel: 613-996-7136                                                                                         Tel.: 613-991-0719
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