Monday, November 14, 2011

CBC hands over disputed documents as legal experts slam request

The CBC has, “under protest,” released a series of documents to a Commons committee that’s come under fire for even asking for them.
The documents are thought to include, among other items, details of the CBC’s spending on outdoor advertising and its fleet of vehicles, and are at the heart of a legal dispute currently before the courts.
The Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee had been studying the legal dispute and Conservative Dean Del Mastro brought forward a motion compelling the broadcaster to produce both redacted and unredacted versions to be vetted behind closed doors.
In a response to legal questions from Canada’s official Opposition over the weekende, parliamentary law clerk and counsel Rob Walsh basically agreed that the committee was stepping into uncertain constitutional waters and “could be seen as interfering with and possibly undermining the judicial process.”
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