Government Operations and Estimates (April 2, 2012)
Former House of Commons clerk Robert Marleau and former Conservative MP John Williams testified as part of the committee’s study of the estimates and supply processes.
Marleau addressed some of the issues raised by previous witnesses, including the perceived notion that not enough information is provided in order to do a proper study of the estimates. The former information commissioner also proposed that the committee should get a new and expanded mandate to study government appropriations and estimates.
Williams discussed the important function that Parliament has with the control of the public purse and how to improve the accountability of the estimates process. He is the founder and CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption.