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Meeting No. 12
Monday, March 30, 2009

The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics met at 3:35 p.m. this day, in Room 308, West Block, the Chair, Paul Szabo, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Kelly Block, Bob Dechert, Earl Dreeshen, Bill Siksay, Michelle Simson, Paul Szabo and Borys Wrzesnewskyj.


Acting Members present: Josée Beaudin for Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac, Paul Calandra for Russ Hiebert, Marc Lemay for Carole Freeman and Bev Shipley for Pierre Poilievre.


Other Members present: Josée Beaudin and Marc Lemay.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Alysia Davies, Analyst; Élise Hurtubise-Loranger, Analyst.


Witnesses: As individuals: Michel Drapeau, Professor, University of Ottawa; Marc-Aurèle Racicot, Lawyer. Democracy Watch: Duff Conacher, Coordinator.

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

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $10,150 for the period of 2009 to 2010 for the study on Access to Information reform, be adopted.

Pursuant to Standing Orders 108(2) and 108(3)(h)(iv), Special Report of the Information Commissioner entitled "Report Cards 2007-2008 and Systemic Issues Affecting Access to Information in Canada" referred to the Committee on Thursday, February 26, 2009, and the motion adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, the Committee resumed its study on the Access to Information Act.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


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


Jacques Maziade
Clerk of the Committee

2010/01/13 10:31 a.m.