Senator Claude Carignan to appear before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on

OTTAWA, February 14, 2017 – Senator Claude Carignan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and sponsor of Bill S-231, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources), will testify before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Wednesday. Senator Carignan will discuss the details of his bill which seeks to protect journalistic sources, including whistleblowers.

Several stakeholders, among them journalists and media representatives, will speak following Senator Carignan’s presentation (see list below). The study of Bill S-231 will continue Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the same location.

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Time: 4:15 p.m.

Location: Room 257, East Block

Parliament Hill


Information (media only): Jacques Hébert or Simon Fecteau Labbé

Office of the Honourable Senator Claude Carignan, P.C., Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

613-992-0240 –

Witness List

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • The Honourable Senator Claude Carignan, sponsor of the bill

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Le Devoir

  • Brian Myles, Editor in Chief

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

  • Michel Cormier, General Manager, News and Current Affairs, French Services

  • Jennifer McGuire, Director General and Editor in Chief, CBC News

The Globe and Mail

  • David Walmsley, Editor in chief

Coalition des médias canadiens

  • Éric Trottier, Associate editor and Vice-president, Information, La Presse, Ltd.

  • Michael Cooke, Editor, Torstar Newspaper Ltd.

  • Sébastien Pierre-Roy, Lawyer, Chenette, litigation boutique Inc.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Quebec Professionnel Federation of Journalists

  • Stéphane Giroux, President of the Board of Directors

  • Caroline Locher, Executive Director

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

  • Tom Henheffer, Executive Director

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers

  • William Trudell, Chair

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

  • Mark Bantey, Partner (by video conference)

Canadian Media Lawyers Association

  • Christian Leblanc, Chair, Protection of Sources Committee

  • Iain MacKinnon, Media Lawyer

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