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Meeting No. 10
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics met in a televised session at 8:45 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Pat Martin, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Scott Andrews, Charlie Angus, Charmaine Borg, Paul Calandra, John Carmichael, Patricia Davidson, Earl Dreeshen, Jacques Gourde, Pat Martin, Colin Mayes, Tilly O'Neill Gordon and Mathieu Ravignat.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Dara Lithwick, Analyst; Maxime-Olivier Thibodeau, Analyst.

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

Charlie Angus moved, — That, in relation to the case of public office holder Benjamin Perrin’s emails in the Privy Council Office (PCO) and the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO) being deleted and then found, and pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(vi), the Committee undertake a study on whether government initiatives including proper protocols, legal obligations were fulfilled in this case;

That the study include how governmental departments and ministries preserve all communications including but not limited to emails, text-messages, decisions, and recommendations;

That the Committee invite the Information Commissioner to take part in the study to discuss her recommendation on a duty to document;

That the Committee invite both the PMO officials, PCO officials and President of the Treasury Board to explain governmental protocols in relation to preserving governmental communications including Benjamin Perrin’s emails; and

That the Committee report its findings back to the House.

Debate arose thereon.


Paul Calandra moved, — That the Committee proceed to sit in camera.


The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 4.


At 9:28 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:29 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.


It was agreed, — That the debate on the motion of Charlie Angus be resumed at the next meeting of the Committee.


At 10:45 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Chad Mariage
Clerk of the Committee

2013/12/11 9:07 a.m.