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A tale of two House committees

By Ian Bron      

So why the difference between the Transport and Government Operations committees? Perhaps Transport Canada senior bureaucrats have convinced their minister, Marc Garneau, that all is well and that everything changed after Lac- Mégantic, while the failure from Integrity Commissioner’s Office is too much to miss.

Canada's federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, pictured in this file photo on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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When Dickens wrote the opening to A Tale of Two Cities, set more than 200 years ago, he described an age of contrasts—wisdom and foolishness, belief and skepticism, hope and despair. He also wryly observed that this could be said of any era. It certainly seemed true to whistleblowing advocates attending two sets of recent parliamentary committee hearings. The committees in question were the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (or OGGO, as it’s commonly known) and

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