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Meeting No. 8
Monday, March 9, 2009

The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics met at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Paul Szabo, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Kelly Block, Bob Dechert, Earl Dreeshen, Russ Hiebert, Pierre Poilievre, Bill Siksay, Michelle Simson, Paul Szabo, Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac and Borys Wrzesnewskyj.


Acting Members present: Claude Guimond for Carole Freeman.


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


Witnesses: Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada: Robert Marleau, Information Commissioner; Andrea Neill, Assistant Commissioner, Complaints Resolution and Compliance; Suzanne Legault, Assistant Commissioner, Policy, Communications and Operations.

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

On motion of Michelle Simson, it was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $5,900 for the period of March 9 to 31, 2009 for the study on Privacy Act 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 commenced its study on the Access to Information Act Reform.

Robert Marleau made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


At 5:17 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:20 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

At 5:30 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jacques Maziade
Clerk of the Committee

2010/01/13 10:30 a.m.