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Meeting No. 20

Thursday, March 20, 2003

The Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates met at 9:05 a.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Vice-Chair, Tony Valeri, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Roy Cullen, Raymonde Folco, Paul Forseth, Robert Lanctôt, Steve Mahoney, Gilles-A. Perron, Gerry Ritz, Judy Sgro, Paul Szabo, Tony Tirabassi and Tony Valeri.

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament:  Jack Stilborn, Analyst.

Witnesses: From the Office of the Auditor General of Canada: Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada; Maria Barrados, Assistant Auditor General; Kathryn Elliott, Principal. From the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages: Dyane Adam, Commissioner of Official Languages; Gérard Finn, Special Adviser; Gilbert Langelier, Director, Special Investigations, Investigations Branch; Pascale Giguère, Legal Advisor.

Pursuant to its Order of Reference of Thursday, February 20, 2003, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-25, An Act to modernize employment and labour relations in the public service and to amend the Financial Administration Act and the Canadian Centre for Management Development Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (See Minutes of Proceedings, Thursday, February 27, 2003, Meeting No. 12).

By unanimous consent, it was agreed to invite the following witnesses:  the External Advisory Group on Embracing Change, the International Personnel Management Association – Canada, the Professional Employee’s Network and Christian Rouilland and Mohammed Charih from “École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) Gatineau”.

Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1) consideration of Clause 1 was postponed.

The Vice-Chair called Clause 2.

Sheila Fraser made an opening statement and answered questions.

At 9:55 a.m., Paul Forseth took the Chair.

At 10:10 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:20 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Dyane Adam made an opening statement and with Gilbert Langelier answered questions.

At 10:30 a.m., Tony Valeri took the Chair.

At 11:15 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Miriam Burke

Clerk of the Committee