Today, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and the premier's deputy minister Allan Seckel signed a protocol for the handling of cabinet documents by the children and youth representative's office. Under that protocol, Ms. Turpel-Lafond must notify the government if she intends to reference those documents in a public report. The government then has an opportunity to object. If the representative ignores the objection, the government can go to court to block the publication of that information - but not before the two parties try to resolve their differences through confidential negotiations. The following is a complete copy of the protocol.
May 27, 2010