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View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Deputy Minister, it's great to see you here today, as well as your colleague. Thank you very much for coming.
I just want to follow up a little bit on the questions that my colleague, Ms. Dancho, just asked. I want to start off where she ended. There was this comment you just made about the fact that these four pages were caught up in the 35 pages, and we want to be very clear with folks as to why, for those pages, it took a little bit longer to ensure they were reviewed. Could you give us a very brief synopsis of what that review process looks like and why that might have taken a little bit longer to do?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
During your review, is there consideration for “politics” and whether there are going to be political implications for the government?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
Would it be fair to say that Department of Justice lawyers don't read something and say, “Oh, that might be damaging to the government so we should withhold it”?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
Did you or your department ever instruct to withhold any information that should have been disclosed?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
For further clarity, what is the relationship between Department of Justice lawyers and the minister's office, if any?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
The act specifies that there cannot be political interference—or the act does not allow for political interference by the Minister of Justice. Is that correct?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
Just to clarify the question, would there be a circumstance in which the Department of Justice would be concerned in this situation? Was there a situation where the Department of Justice lawyers, the bureaucrats, were concerned that they were getting political direction from the minister's office to withhold anything?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
There were no discussions with the minister, and you never instructed Department of Justice lawyers to withhold information.
Why do you think the misunderstanding Mr. Leather had came about? You talked about the circumstances around this. Why do you think he would have had that misunderstanding?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
You were comfortable with the way in which the Department of Justice lawyers provided information in a timely fashion, handled the redaction process where required, and consulted with the appropriate folks to ensure that nothing was being withheld unreasonably. Is that correct?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you. I will yield the rest of my time to the chair.
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I want to thank the witnesses for being with us today. I also want to thank you for the kindness and compassion that all of you have shown, in particular in dealing with the victims and the victims' families. As someone who has had the privilege of working as a public servant, in many cases alongside the RCMP, I know that after a tragedy where lives were lost, the work you do is incredibly important. I can only imagine the toll that it has taken on all of you. I want to thank you for what you have done and for the work you have been doing.
I want to begin by asking a question related to the ATIP process. Ms. Whelan, could you very quickly explain to us who handles the ATIP process and whether political offices can dictate what is and is not released?
View Taleeb Noormohamed Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you.
If I could switch gears a bit now, I'll start with you, Chief Superintendent Campbell. When you were describing your recollection of the events, you noted that you had never heard from the minister or from any other political office, whether it was the Prime Minister or the Prime Minister's Office, a direction to the commissioner to demand the release or instigate the release of any information. Is that correct?
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