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Policy Review

Director of Research - Professor Craig Forcese

Policy Researcher - Greg Levine
Policy Researcher - Professor Lori Turnbull
Policy Researcher - Professor Paul Thomas

As laid out in the Rules of Procedure and Practice, the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney are divided into two parts. Part I, the Factual Inquiry, will focus on questions relating to the business and financial dealings between Mr. Schreiber and Mr. Mulroney. These questions are set out in paragraph (a) sections 1 through 16 of the Inquiry's terms of reference. Part II, the Policy Review, focuses on the questions set out in paragraph (a) sections 14 and 17.

In the policy review, the Commissioner is charged with reporting and making recommendations on two issues of policy. They centre, first, on the content of Canada's federal ethics rules and, second, on the policies and practices at the Privy Council Office (PCO) governing the handling of the prime minister's correspondence. These two policy issues are described in more detail below, under the headings Ethics Questions and Correspondence Question.

As part of its policy deliberations on these matters, the Commission has undertaken a multi-stage policy review. First, it has commissioned three research studies from leading researchers in the field - two on ethics rules and the third on correspondence-handling policies. These studies will be published in draft form in early 2009, and the authors will participate in an Expert Forum in late spring 2009, at which they will present their findings and be questioned by the Commission and those with party standing in the policy review. (The hearing of applications for standing and funding for the Part II - Policy Review will be held on January 21, 22, and, if necessary, January 23, 2009. The Notice for this hearing is posted on the Commission's website.)

In addition, at this time the Commission is requesting written submissions on the policy questions from interested persons and the general public. All submissions will be carefully reviewed. After this review, the Commission will offer some of the submitters the opportunity to present their views at a public session in late spring 2009.

Selection of the presenters is at the sole discretion of the Commission and will depend on the Commission's assessment of the usefulness of the presenters' arguments to the Commission.

Making Submissions

Members of the public who wish to respond to the matters raised in this consultation paper should do so in writing by 5 p.m. eastern time, March 31, 2009. Written submissions should be sent by mail, courier, or fax to the following address:

Director of Policy Research
Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting
Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

P.O. Box 2740 Station D
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W7
Fax: (613) 995-0785

Submissions may also be delivered by sending PDF (portable document format) files via e-mail to

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