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Meeting No. 17
Thursday, February 3, 2005

The Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates met in a televised session at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D Centre Block, the Chair, Leon E.Benoit, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Leon E. Benoit, Ken Boshcoff, Marcel Gagnon, Guy Lauzon, Diane Marleau, Pat Martin, Joe Preston, Francis Scarpaleggia and Paul Szabo.


Acting Members present: Pierre Poilievre for Randy White, Benoît Sauvageau for Louise Thibault and John Williams for Randy White.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Philippe Le Goff, Analyst; Tara Gray, Analyst.


Witnesses: As Individuals: Allan Cutler; Brian McAdam; Selwyn Pieters; Robert Read. Privy Council Office: Matthew King, Assistant Secretary, Legislation and House Planning. Department of Public Works and Government Services: Yvette Aloïsi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services, Human Resources and Communications Branch; Laurent Marcoux, Director General, Public Opinion Research and Advertising Coordination, Government Information Services.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, October 18, 2004, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-11, An Act to establish a procedure for the disclosure of wrongdoings in the public sector, including the protection of persons who disclose the wrongdoings.

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

The Chair calls Clause 2.


Allan Cutler, Selwyn Pieters, Brian McAdam and Robert Read made statements and answered questions.


At 5:02 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:09 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 39(5)(b), the Committee commenced consideration of the failure of the Ministry to respond to written question No. Q-39 on the Order Paper referred to the Committee on Januray 31, 2005 and which read as follows:Mr. Williams (Edmonton-St. Albert) - With regard to public opinion polling and research conducted for government departments, agencies and Crown corporations: (a) what was the total cost of polling and research commissioned for each department, agency and Crown corporation in fiscal years 2002-2003 and 2003-2004; and (b) in each case where polling or research was contracted for or requested, (i) which department, agency or Crown corporation requested the polling or research, (ii) what was the name and location of the company to do the polling or research, (iii) what was the title of the poll or research conducted, (iv) what was the cost of the poll or research, and (v) which department, agency or Crown corporation paid for the polling or research?

Matthew King and Yvette Aloïsi made statements and answered questions.


On motion of John Williams, it was agreed, — That the Standing Committee on Government Operation and Estimates expresses displeasure in the ministry in failing to answer Question 39 within the 45 days prescribed by Standing Order 39(5), and that in the event the answer is not forthcoming in the near future, the committee revisit the matter.


At 5:32 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

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