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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
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Former Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray dies at age 82: some photos from his life on the Hill April 22, 2014

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Herb Gray, the former Liberal MP, Cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister, pictured here with his daughter Elizabeth Gray-Smith, died on Monday, April 21 at the age of 82. He served in Parliament of 39 years and was one of Canada's longest-serving MPs.
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Herb Gray and his former assistant Eugene Lang, pictured at a Hill reception.
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Herb Gray, pictured on his way to a U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party in Ottawa. Mr. Gray may have not been in the House in his later years, but he regularly attended Hill-related receptions.
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Herb Gray at a menorah-lighting ceremony on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured back in his Centre Block office when he was in government.
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Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office, being interviewed by Bill Curry, who was a reporter for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office back when he was in government.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill posing for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill back when he was a Cabinet minister.
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Herb Gray, pictured on Parliament Hill.
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Herb Gray pictured with his wife, Sharon Sholzberg, on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray, pictured on a rainy day on the Hill.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray.
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Herb Gray, centre, pictured with the late Liberal MP Shaughnessy Cohen, and Windsor Star Hill reporter Paul McKeague, during a Hill fire drill.
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Herb Gray, who went esophagus cancer in 1996 and beat it, is pictured here in a Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray, pictured at a Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa on his way into a special Cabinet minister back when he was a Cabinet minister.
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Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum. Allan Thompson, left, was a reporter with The Toronto Star, and Paul McKeague, pictured right behind Mr. Gray, was never far behind the MP from Windsor.
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Herb Gray in another Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray in his Centre Block office back when he was a Cabinet minister. He collected, framed, and hung up most of the editorial cartoons of himself in his Centre Block office.
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Herb Gray and his many framed cartoons.
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Herb Gray and his editorial cartoons, pictured in his Centre Block office.

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