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Public Record - House of Commons Committee on Public Accounts – March 25, 2004 (Part 1 of 3)


Proceedings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Committee members consider a report by the Auditor General of Canada on government and advertising activities and public opinion research.

Committee member Shawn Murphy (MP for Hillsborough), speaking on a point of order, raises concerns about earlier testimony by Myriam Bédard (a former employee in VIA Rail’s marketing department) and subsequent remarks to the press made by committee chair John Williams. Committee members Vic Toews (MP for Provencher) and Michel Guimond (MP for Beauport–Montmorency–Côte-de-Beaupré–Île-d'Orléans) respond briefly to Mr. Murphy's comments. Rob Walsh (law clerk and parliamentary counsel in the House of Commons) and Mr. Williams respond to Mr. Murphy’s comments.

Later, Huguette Tremblay testifies before the committee about her involvement in the federal government’s sponsorship activities. Committee members asking Ms. Tremblay questions include Mr. Toews, Mr. Guimond, Ms. Jennings, Judy Wasylycia-Leis (MP for Winnipeg North Centre), and Jason Kenney (MP for Calgary Southeast).


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