December 4, 1979 (31st Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

Gerald William Baldwin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baldwin:

... I had the honour to serve as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for several years, and deputy ministers appeared there by themselves-not under the skirts of the minister. They answered a lot of questions, as did their advisers. When you come to a question of policy, absolutely, a deputy minister or an adviser must defer to the minister; but on questions of fact, deputy ministers and advisers are compellable witnesses to appear here ...

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