Values charter submissions to remain private

By Robert Frank

The National Assembly quietly closed the final coda to the Parti québécois’ much-reviled values charter last week.

During a meeting Tuesday evening, Nov. 18, the legislature’s little-known Committee on Institutions ruled against a request to make public all the as-yet undisclosed submissions to the commission that the previous Pauline Marois government had set up to permit citizens to provide their comments.

“The committee had received a request for all of the factums that were filed but were not presented because of the election,” committee member Gilles Ouimet, who represents the Laval riding of Fabre, told The Suburban.

“Ultimately, the committee decided unanimously to decline the request,” he said in an interview. “According to the rules of the National Assembly, the memoranda belong to their authors until they’re presented in a public hearing.”

“We felt that we didn’t have the authority to change that rule,” Ouimet added.

On Thursday, Nov. 20, Ouimet proposed another motion in the Quebec legislature that will affect the Quebec Bar Association.

The amendment will extend the duration of the term of the head of the bar—known as the bâtonnier—to two years, with the possibility of extending it another two years.

Prior to his election, Ouimet had himself served in that position as bâtonnier.
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