‘The government is obliged’

Parliamentary law clerk Robert Walsh tells Ujjal Dosanjh that Parliamentary committees are essentially entitled to whatever they seek.

While uncensored papers may present some concerns about national security for the government, “at the end of the day, the government is obliged to supply to the committee whatever information it requests in the performance of its mandate from the House [of Commons],” parliamentary law expert Robert Walsh says in a letter to defence critic Dosanjih.

Walsh’s letter is available here. This would seem to correspond with a recent majority opinion of the Public Accounts Committee.

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