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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 32
 
Thursday, October 22, 2009
 

The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics met at 9:00 a.m. this day, in Room 214, Wellington Building, the Chair, Paul Szabo, presiding.

 

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

 

Acting Members present: Dean Allison for Bob Dechert.

 

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

 

Witnesses: Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: Elizabeth Denham, Assistant Privacy Commissioner; Carman Baggaley, Strategic Policy Advisor; Daniel Caron, Legal Counsel, Legal Services, Policy and Parliamentary Affairs Branch.

 
Pursuant to Standing Orders 32(5)and 108(3)(h)(iv), the Committee commenced consideration of the Report of the Privacy Commissioner on the application of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act for the year 2008, referred to the Committee on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.
 

Elizabeth Denham made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, April 27,2009, the Committee resumed its study on the privacy implications of camera surveillance (Google, Canpages,etc.).
 

Elizabeth Denham made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

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

Carole Freeman moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(vi), the Committee undertake a study on the partisan use of public funds by Conservative Members of Parliament who may have signed either their own names or that of the Prime Minister to a number of cheques, some bearing the logo of the Conservative Party, when the funds in fact came from Treasury Board, with a view to determining whether this conduct meets the ethical standards expected from public office holders, and that the Committee report its observations and recommendations to the House.

 

Bill Siksay moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “on the partisan use” the following: “and attributions” and adding after the words “Members of Parliament” the words “who are public office holders” and adding the words “In recognition of the investigation currently underway by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner that this study not commence until such time as the Commissioner has reported her findings.” after the words “recommendations to the House.”.

 

Carole Freeman moved, — That the amendment be amended by deleting the words “In recognition of the investigation currently underway by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner that this study not commence until such time as the Commissioner has reported her findings.”.

 

Pierre Poilievre moved, — That the amendment be amended by deleting the first word “Conservative” and by adding the words “ past or present” after the words “who are public office holders” and by replacing the words “the Conservative” by the words “any political”.

 

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Carole Freeman and it was negatived on the following recorded division: YEAS: Luc Desnoyers, Carole Freeman, Michelle Simson, Borys Wrzesnewskyj — 4; NAYS: Dean Allison, Kelly Block, Patricia Davidson, Pierre Poilievre, Greg Rickford, Bill Siksay — 6.

 

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Pierre Poilievre and it was agreed to on the following recorded division: YEAS: Dean Allison, Kelly Block, Patricia Davidson, Pierre Poilievre, Greg Rickford, Bill Siksay — 6; NAYS: Luc Desnoyers, Carole Freeman, Michelle Simson, Borys Wrzesnewskyj — 4.

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Bill Siksay and it was agreed to on the following recorded division: YEAS: Dean Allison, Kelly Block, Patricia Davidson, Pierre Poilievre, Greg Rickford, Bill Siksay — 6; NAYS: Luc Desnoyers, Carole Freeman, Michelle Simson, Borys Wrzesnewskyj — 4.

 

The question was put on the motion as amended and the results of the recorded vote was announced: YEAS: Luc Desnoyers, Carole Freeman, Bill Siksay, Michelle Simson, Borys Wrzesnewskyj — 5; NAYS: Dean Allison, Kelly Block, Patricia Davidson, Pierre Poilievre, Greg Rickford — 5.

Whereupon, the Chair voted in the negative.

Accordingly, the motion was negatived.

 

At 11:58 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Jacques Maziade
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2010/01/13 10:50 a.m.