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Judge backs out of testifying in secret on access to information bill

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Tax Court Chief Justice Eugene Rossiter was supposed to testify behind closed doors before a Senate committee on the morning of Nov. 8 on Bill C-58.

Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu said it's 'unfortunate' the Senate committee studying Bill C-58 won't hear from a very important witness after the Tax Court chief justice backed out of closed-door testimony on Nov. 8. The Hill Times file photograph
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A judge has backed out of testifying in secret in a meeting to discuss proposed changes to the Access to Information Act, following media reports that the rare closed-door testimony would take place. Liberal Senator Serge Joyal (Kennebec, Que.) told committee members at the start of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Nov. 8 that he got notice that morning from Tax Court Chief Justice Eugene Rossiter that he would be not be appearing. The judge apologized

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