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Transparency again

Bravo to Liberal MP John Bryden. The diminutive Ontario government backbencher and former journalist is fighting to get the expense accounts for ministerial staffers publicly released and he's not giving up. He's been vocal in the House, in committee and in the media. An advocate for freedom of information, he's been scoffing at Treasury Board President Lucienne Robillard's argument that the exemption for ministerial staffers is to respect privacy laws. Mr. Bryden also pressed to get Justice Department officials to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to explain why they recommend access-to-information rules be changed so that ministers' expense accounts are no longer public. Hopefully this will happen soon. Mr. Bryden says Justice Department officials decided last year that ministers and their political staffers no longer qualify as officials of government institutions. This opinion, which was later implemented by Treasury Board as guidelines to all government departments, was based on a 1997 Supreme Court decision on privacy law, the federal government says.

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Transparency again

Bravo to Liberal MP John Bryden. The diminutive Ontario government backbencher and former journalist is fighting to get the expense accounts for ministerial staffers publicly released and he's not giving up. He's been vocal in the House, in committee and in the media. An advocate for freedom of information, he's been scoffing at Treasury Board President Lucienne Robillard's argument that the exemption for ministerial staffers is to respect privacy laws. Mr. Bryden also pressed to get Justice Department officials to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to explain why they recommend access-to-information rules be changed so that ministers' expense accounts are no longer public. Hopefully this will happen soon. Mr. Bryden says Justice Department officials decided last year that ministers and their political staffers no longer qualify as officials of government institutions. This opinion, which was later implemented by Treasury Board as guidelines to all government departments, was based on a 1997 Supreme Court decision on privacy law, the federal government says.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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A platter of smoked fish.
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Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
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ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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