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Meeting No. 31
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics met in a televised session at 11:00 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Jean Crowder, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Scott Andrews, Charlie Angus, Brad Butt, Blaine Calkins, John Carmichael, Jean Crowder, Patricia Davidson, Dean Del Mastro, Earl Dreeshen, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Colin Mayes and Dany Morin.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Dara Lithwick, Analyst; Maxime-Olivier Thibodeau, Analyst.


Witnesses: Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada: Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner; Layla Michaud, Interim Director General, Corporate Services Branch. Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner: Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner; Lyne Robinson-Dalpé, Assistant Commissioner, Advisory and Compliance; Denise Benoit, Director, Corporate Management.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the Main Estimates 2012-2013: Votes 40 and 45 under JUSTICE, 15 and 20 under PARLIAMENT and 45 under TREASURY BOARD referred to the Committee on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

The Chair called Vote 40 under JUSTICE.


Suzanne Legault made a statement and, with Layla Michaud, answered questions.


Vote 40 under JUSTICE carried on division.


At 11:55 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:00 p.m., the sitting resumed.


The Chair called Vote 15 under PARLIAMENT.


Mary Dawson made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


Vote 15 under PARLIAMENT carried on division.


At 12:41 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:44 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That the Committee schedule for the weeks of April 2-5 and 23-27 be as follows:

- Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – Consideration of the draft report of the statutory review of the Lobbying Act

- Thursday, April 5, 2012 – No meeting

- Tuesday, April 24, 2112 – Study of the anonymous use of House of Commons resources against a Member of Parliament

- Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Main Estimates 2012-2013, witnesses to be confirmed.

- That for the meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, the Clerk request that Adam Carroll appear in relation to the Committee’s study of the anonymous use of House of Commons resources against a Member of Parliament for the full two hours, and that, if and when necessary and appropriate, and at the request of the witness, the Chair suspend the meeting to allow for small breaks.


At 12:53 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Chad Mariage
Clerk of the Committee

2012/04/05 3:44 p.m.