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Meeting No. 26
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics met in a televised session at 9:03 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D Centre Block, the Acting Chair, David Tilson, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Navdeep Bains, Marc Boulianne, Ed Broadbent, Ken Epp, Russ Hiebert, Marlene Jennings, Mario Laframboise, Derek Lee, Russ Powers, David Tilson and Paul Zed.


Acting Members present: Tom Lukiwski for David Chatters.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Kristen Douglas, Analyst; Nancy Holmes, Analyst; Lydia Scratch, Analyst.


Witnesses: Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner; Tom Pulcine, Director General, Corporate Services.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the Main Estimates 2005-2006: Vote 45 (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada) under JUSTICE referred to the Committee on Friday, February 25, 2005.

Jennifer Stoddart made a statement and, with the other witness, answered questions.


At 10:36 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:43 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That this Committee recognizes the Chair David Chatters is unable to be present in the House for an indeterminate period of time, and with the consent of Mr. Chatters, and keeping with the spirit of Standing Order 106(2), hereby appoints David Tilson, as Acting Chair, who shall be vested with all the powers and authority of the Chair; this appointment shall expire upon the return of David Chatters or on June 23, 2005, whichever comes first; this appointment may be extended by the Committee, by resolution and with the consent of Mr. Chatters; and the Clerk of the Committee shall advise the Clerk of the House of this Resolution .


It was agreed, — That the Committee meet on Thursday, June 2, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., with Bernard Shapiro, Ethics Commissioner, followed by Rob Walsh, Law Clerk of the House of Commons, on the legal issues relating to the non-publication of the report of the Ethics Commissioner respecting the Sgro inquiry; after the questioning of Rob Walsh, if time permits, the Committee will question Bernard Shapiro respecting the letter tabled in the House of Commons by Judy Sgro on May 10, 2005; and if required, the Committee will pursue consideration of these two matters on Tuesday, June 7, 2005, at 9:00 a.m..


At 10:56 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Bernard G. Fournier
Clerk of the Committee

2005/05/31 2:30 p.m.