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Environment committee  I am under no instructions of that nature. I am providing you with factual advice. My last intervention in the last committee was to correct a legal interpretation that you were giving the committee.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  You made a comment about my ability rather than a question.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  There are a couple of things. First of all, I didn't suggest that the term “independent” has no legal meaning. I think I was trying to say that the committee established under section 20 is authorized to provide advice without influence from the minister. This amendment would e

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  This specific amendment establishes an independent expert committee. Madam Pauzé has also referred to other amendments that would provide more detail and specification about the nature of the advice that the committee must provide. The basic architecture of the bill, of course,

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  It's is not defined by this amendment, per se.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  I'm sorry, but I don't understand your question.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  I'm not sure that there's significant change as a result. It would emphasize the independent nature of the committee, but the committee as described is something that is established under law. Its performance and advice cannot be dictated by the minister, the government or Parlia

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  I'm not sure I agree with that. The independence of a committee relates to its ability to conduct studies and provide whatever information and advice it collectively deems appropriate. A committee always has terms of reference.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  I think the objective of the amendment is to emphasize that there is an expectation that the committee's advice will be independent.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  Again, you're essentially asking a legal question. I don't think there's anything in subclause 20(1) that indicates that the committee's advice will not be independent, and there's certainly nothing in the bill that indicates that the minister can influence or dictate what advice

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  I don't think the amendment changes the minister's obligations in any way.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  That's correct.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  I'm seeing that Madam Pauzé wants to jump in here. I think the answer to that likely depends on other amendments that would determine what is meant by “expert”. In other words, an expert in what?

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet

Environment committee  The expert body that exists does not.... It is something that the minister has set up. What we're talking about now is what would need to be established under the act.

June 7th, 2021Committee meeting

John Moffet