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Government Operations committee  I'll kick it to Michael if I get it wrong—if that's all right. My understanding is that it's three at present that were under the regime.

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Mr. Chair, as the member mentioned, there is money being requested in the supplementary estimates to augment the team, but currently it's 35 employees. With the dollars in the supplementary estimates, that could grow up to 60. That group right now handles about 26,000 verificatio

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I would say up to 60, because the new policy is in draft. We don't know what the final policy will say, and the workload will very much depend upon the final policy. The broader the scope of offences and the more linkages to international organizations and provincial laws, the mo

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  In terms of who we received comments from through the engagement and the draft policy, they were the Business Council of Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Chamber of Commerce, Transparency International Canada, and you may know of others, Les, but it was a broad range of groups a

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  In terms of the list of organizations that have commented?

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  We can absolutely get you that.

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I'm going to presume you're asking specifically about SNC-Lavalin, just because we know what's going on these days.

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  We have an ongoing arrangement with them because of the administrative agreement. We have regular dealings with SNC-Lavalin. Personally, I have not met with them, but because of the ongoing arrangement, the reporting requirements, there's absolutely an ongoing interaction. As p

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  We'll just confirm right now that they were on the list. They were one we did receive comments from. They are not the only one, but they were on that list.

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  If I could add this, Mr. Chair, in the regular cycle for government policy, typically once you have a mature policy, you're reviewing it every five years, unless something pops up. This is still a relatively new policy by government standards. Fairly frequent reviews of policy, a

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Everyone wants to talk about science. Thank you. I have just a couple of thoughts. This is about science, but it's largely about collaboration inside the federal government first, with science communities making sure that we get value for money by partnering on the IT front, w

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  We can try to find out during the hearing, if that's helpful.

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  If I could maybe weigh in, Mr. Chair, the process is that PSPC would issue a notice—

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I will answer your question by giving you the process. PSPC notifies the organizations that they're being suspended—that was our action to the three companies in question—and they then have a chance to respond. Based on their information, there's an assessment based on the acti

February 27th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews