Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Issue 30 - Twelfth and Thirteenth Reports of the Committee


THURSDAY, June 18, 1998

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has the honour to present its

TWELFTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-15, An Act respecting the declaration of royal assent by the Governor General in the Queen's name to bills passed by the Houses of Parliament, has, in obedience to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, June 9, 1998, examined the said bill and now reports the same with the following amendments:

1. Page 1, Clause 2: Replace lines 12 to 14 with the following:

"is the first appropriation bill presented for assent in a session."

2. Page 1, Clause 3: Replace lines 17 to 20, with the following:

"ment by the Speaker of that House or by the person acting as the Speaker."

3. Page 1, New Clause 3:

a) Add after line 14, on page 1, the following:

"3. A declaration of royal assent in the form and manner referred to in paragraph 2(a) must occur on at least one occasion in each calendar year."

b) Renumber the subsequent clauses accordingly.

4. Page 1, New Clause 7: Add after line 29, the following:

"7. No royal assent is invalid by reason only that section 3 is not complied with in any calendar year."

Respectfully submitted,


THURSDAY, June 18, 1998

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has the honour to present its

THIRTEENTH REPORT

Your ommittee, in accordance with Section 54 of the Access to Information Act, Chapter A-1, R.S.C. 1985, that the Senate approve the appointment of the Honourable John Reid, P.C., as Information Commissioner, has, in obedience to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, June 16, 1998, heard from the Honourable John Reid, P.C., and recommends that the Senate approve his appointment as Information Commissioner.

Respectfully submitted,

LORNA MILNE

Chairman