Inquiries on CPAC

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Inquiries on CPAC - The Oliphant Inquiry – June 22, 2009

Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

The Commission continues with the policy review phase of its inquiry, hearing from a panel of prominent former public officials and holders of public office on the subject of the social, economic, political, and cultural contexts of the transition from public office to private life and expectations for ethics rules governing this transition. Participants include Mel Cappe (President, Institute for Research on Public Policy), Joe Clark (a former prime minister of Canada and a former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada), Penny Collenette (Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa), and David Mitchell (President, Public Policy Forum). Lead Commission Counsel Richard Wolson moderates. Discussion focuses on the goals of ethics rules, evolving public expectations concerning ethics, possible adverse effects of regulating ethics, and concerns related to the regulation of former holders of public office. The panellists are also asked about preferred procedures for the handling of the prime minister’s correspondence. There are comments and questions from Commission Counsel Evan Roitenberg and Duff Conacher (Counsel for Democracy Watch).

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