The other aspect of the proactive disclosure proposed in Bill C-58 can certainly support what you are saying. If issues threaten to jeopardize the safety of individuals or judicial independence, it would be appropriate to apply exemptions. The legislation provides for exemptions in cases where individuals' safety may be in jeopardy. I proposed that exemptions also be provided to protect judicial independence. However, since that is really a constitutional principle, I presume that judges could make revisions if they believed that judicial independence was at stake, even if that is not indicated in Bill C-58. This is really my opinion. Like my colleague, I am not an expert in this area.
In addition, when we were preparing for our appearance today, we did not have access to that witness's submission to the committee. We simply based our review on what he said before the committee, as well as the committee's reports. We did not have all the information, so we could not analyze it in detail.
That said, I wanted to discuss this issue before the committee because he is the only witness to have raised it. In my opinion, his arguments deserve the committee's attention. The recommendations he made—publishing total amounts per court rather than for each individual judge—are a happy medium. I think they are worthy of the committee's consideration.