Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities
Witnesses: Gilles Pelletier, Guy McKenzie, Diane Viau, Liseanne Forand, Guy Bédard
The Commission continues to hear testimony from a panel of former employees of Communication Canada, including Gilles Pelletier (the former director general of the Community Relations Branch), Guy McKenzie (the former executive director), Diane Viau (the former head of operations of the Communications Branch), Liseanne Forand (former Assistant Executive Director, Communications Programs and Services), and Guy Bédard (former Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Communication Canada). Associate Commission Counsel Guy Cournoyer concludes direct examination with questions focusing on new procedures under Communication Canada for awarding sponsorship and advertising contracts and processing payments and on the dismantling of Communication Canada in March 2004. There are short cross-examinations by Richard Dearden (Counsel for the Office of the Auditor General) and Pierre Fournier (Counsel for Alfonso Gagliano).