Auditor General taken to Court By Commons. Wait … what?

The Auditor General is being taken to Court by the House of Commons. At whose behest, no one is quite sure. What we do know is that someone filed an access to information request to the auditor seeking all emails pertaining to his appearance at the public accounts committee meeting about the F-35 fighters.

On June 19, someone — the documents don’t say who — filed an access to information request to the auditor general for all emails pertaining to his committee appearance. Committees typically meet in secret to work out who they will ask to appear.

The Office of the Auditor General notified five committee clerks that were involved, as is necessary under the Access to Information Act.

House of Commons lawyers objected. They said the documents related to preparing committee hearings and thus were subject to parliamentary privilege.

“Any disclosure of those documents without the express consent of the House of Commons would constitute a breach of that privilege,” reads the House legal filing.

The lawyers also argued the House of Commons is separate from government, and thus is not subject to the act.

 

You know, if it is the Harper government that is pushing this for conservatives, they certainly have a breathtakingly fresh interpretation of the constitution and what constitutes “government”.

Ottawa taking auditor to court | The Chronicle Herald

 

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