Procedure and House Affairs

In Committee from the House of Commons

Procedure and House Affairs

Procedure and House Affairs (March 16, 2011)

Parliamentary law clerk Rob Walsh and Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault were the witnesses as the commitee began its hearings on a question of privilege regarding the government’s failure to disclose cost estimates for its corporate tax cuts and crime bills. The House of Commons Finance committee had requested the documents last November, but the Conservatives cited cabinet confidence and refused to provide the information.

House Speaker Peter Milliken has ruled that the government likely breached parliamentary privilege by refusing to release all the cost details.