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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 31
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
 

The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics met in a televised session at 9:05 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Paul Szabo, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Patricia Davidson, Luc Desnoyers, Carole Freeman, Pierre Poilievre, Greg Rickford, Bill Siksay, Michelle Simson, Paul Szabo and Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

 

Acting Members present: Harold Albrecht for Kelly Block and Dean Allison for Bob Dechert.

 

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

 

Witnesses: Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner: Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner; Eppo Maertens, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Learning and Communications; Lyne Robinson-Dalpé, Assistant Commissioner, Advisory and Compliance; Nancy Bélanger, General Counsel.

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

It was agreed, — That the Committee's Business calendar be established as follow:

Meeting of Tuesday, October 20, 2009: Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner – Annual Report for 2008-2009

Meeting of Thursday, October 22, 2009: Privacy Commissioner – 2008 Annual Report on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act – Privacy Implications of Camera Surveillance

Meeting of Tuesday, October 27, 2009: Commissioner of Lobbying – Annual Report on the Application of the Lobbyists' Registration Act and the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct

Meeting of Thursday , October 29, 2009: Interim Information Commissioner - Annual Report 2008-09

Meeting of Tuesday, November 3, 2009: Discussion on the Government Response to the Committee’s Report entitled: “The Privacy Act: first steps towards renewal”

Meeting of Thursday, November 5, 2009: Discussion on the Government Response to the Committee’s Report entitled: “The Access to Information Act: first steps towards renewal”

Meeting of Tuesday, November 17, 2009: Consideration of Supplementary Estimates

Meeting of Thursday, November 19, 2009: Consideration of Supplementary Estimates

Meeting of Tuesday, November 24, 2009: Officials from Treasury Boards Secretariat (TBS) and National Archives - Examination of the new Treasury Board directive on recordkeeping for federal institutions (adopted June 2009) pursuant to the Access to Information Act and several other acts

Meeting of Thursday, November 26, 2009: Free

Meeting of Tuesday, November 30, 2009: Free.

 
Pursuant to Standing Orders 32(5) and 108(3)(h)(iv), the Committee commenced consideration of the Annual Report of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's activities in relation to public office holders under the Conflict of Interest Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, referred to the Committee on Wednesday, June 17, 2009.
 

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

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

It was agreed, — That the following witnesses: Officials of the Privy Council Office be invited to appear in order to elaborate on the document “Accountable Government: A Guide to Ministers and Ministers of State - 2008”.

 

At 10:49 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Jacques Maziade
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2010/01/26 3:50 p.m.