Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities
Witness: Charles Guité
The Commission continues to hear testimony from Charles (Chuck) Guité (former Director General of the Advertising and Public Opinion Research Sector (APORS) and Executive Director of the Communication Coordination Services Branch (CCSB) at Public Works and Government Services Canada). Arguments are presented by Pierre LaTraverse (Counsel for Jean Carle) concerning the admissibility of a list of events allegedly submitted by Lafleur Communication to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for approval. The document is admitted and Commission Counsel Bernard Roy conducts a brief re-examination of Mr. Guité. The Commission hears a motion concerning a publication ban on Mr. Guité’s testimony. There are submissions in favour of the continuation of the ban by Richard Auger (Counsel for Charles Guité), Harvey Yarosky (Counsel for Jean Brault), and Raphaël Schachter (Counsel for Paul Coffin). Submissions calling for the ban’s removal are made by Joëlle Boisvert (Counsel for Bell Globemedia, the Canadian Press, TVA, the Journal de Montréal, La Presse, Société Radio-Canada, Le Soleil, the Montreal Gazette, and Global Television), Sylvain Lussier (on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada), Pierre Fournier (Counsel for Alfonso Gagliano), and Doug Mitchell (Counsel for the Liberal Party of Canada).