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Proceedings of the Standing Joint Committee for the 
Scrutiny of Regulations

Issue No. 24 - Minutes of Proceedings - October 19, 2017

OTTAWA, Thursday, October 19, 2017


The Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations met this day at 8:31 a.m., in room 256-S, Centre Block, the joint chairs, the Honourable Joseph A. Day and Mr. Harold Albrecht, presiding.

Representing the Senate: The Honourable Senator Day (1).

Representing the House of Commons: Harold Albrecht, Vance Badawey, Bob Benzen, François Choquette, Anju Dhillon, Nicola Di lorio, Kerry Diotte, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Ali Ehsassi, Fayçal El-Khoury, John Oliver, Francis Scarpaleggia and David Tilson (13).

Also present: Francesco Sorbara.

Also present: Christine Holke, Joint Clerk of the Committee (House of Commons), Evelyne Borkowski-Parent, General Counsel, and Cynthia Kirkby, Counsel, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

The committee proceeded to consider its permanent order of reference, as set out in section 19, Statutory Instruments Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. S-22, which provides the following.

Every statutory instrument issued, made or established after December 31, 1971, other than an instrument the inspection of which and the obtaining of copies of which are precluded by any regulations made pursuant to paragraph 20(d), shall stand permanently referred to any Committee of the House of Commons, of the Senate or of both Houses of Parliament that may be established for the purpose of reviewing and scrutinizing statutory instruments.

In the matter of the Draft Cabinet Directive on Regulation, it was agreed that the joint chairs correspond with the President of the Treasury Board with respect to certain remarks made by the committee.

In the matter of Report No. 90 (Accessibility of Documents Incorporated by Reference in Federal Regulations) and the government's response, it was agreed that the joint chairs invite the Minister of Justice Canada to appear before the committee.

In the matter of Report No. 91 (Marginal Notes) and the government's response, it was agreed that counsel to the committee review the matter at a later date and inform the committee of the measures taken.

At 10:10 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


François Michaud
Joint Clerk of the Committee (Senate)