Ted Hughes has resolved the dispute over the children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's access to cabinet documents, Public Eye has learned. The government had earlier introduced legislation stripping Ms. Turpel-Lafond of her unrestricted right to those documents. But now Mr. Hughes has announced that legislation is "no longer required," with the representative and a senior government member scheduled to sign a "protocol that meets and respects the needs of both parties." The following is a complete copy of a statement from the former conflict of interest commissioner announcing that development.
"To Premier, Representative for Children and Youth, Leader of Opposition and Press Gallery:
I am pleased to report that the mediation process has resulted in a successful resolution of the issue respecting the confidentiality of cabinet documents that the representative for children and youth may review.
Today, a senior member of government and the representative will sign a protocol that meets and respects the needs of both parties.
As a result, no amendments to the Representative for Children and Youth Act will be required.
I would like to thank both the government and the representative for children and youth for the co-operative and accommodating spirit which they both brought to the table.
Over recent days, legal counsel for each of them, assistant deputy attorney general Richard Fyfe, QC, for the government and Frank Falzon, QC, for the representative, have worked tirelessly and with imaginative ingenuity in order to arrive at the accomplishment that I announce today."