An Act to Amend the Inquiries Act


Yves-François Blanchet  Bloc

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of June 13, 2023

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This enactment amends the Inquiries Act to provide that the commissioners who conduct public inquiries must be appointed after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of that House.


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Inquiries ActRoutine Proceedings

June 13th, 2023 / 10:05 a.m.
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Yves-François Blanchet Bloc Beloeil—Chambly, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C‑341, An Act to Amend the Inquiries Act.

Mr. Speaker, this is bigger than those in the spotlight at the moment. Current events are a good example of how frequently democratic institutions have come under attack during this Parliament and since the Liberal regime came to power.

One of the most important elements of democracy is, of course, accountability. When accountability is lacking, there are statutory tools that task people with setting up commissions of inquiry. This latest situation is an extreme example, of course, and it could benefit from this act, but beyond that, institutions must be strengthened.

Accordingly, the purpose of this bill is to ensure that, from now on, when a commission of inquiry is set up under the Inquiries Act, Parliament will determine who the commissioners of such an inquiry will be. I think getting this process under way now is essential, not only so it can help with the current conversation about a commission of inquiry into Chinese interference, but also so it can benefit democracy in the long term.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)