Introduction of Motion: Authority to call for persons, papers and documents.
I give notice that on November 2, 2017 I shall move the following resolution, seconded by the member from Portland Simmonds:
WHEREAS the Legislature is accountable to the people of New Brunswick;
WHEREAS it is important for a Legislative committee to have the power to question witnesses and obtain expert advice;
WHEREAS the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation recommended that Public Accounts Committees should have the power to subpoena witnesses if they refuse to appear, and call for the production of documents;
WHEREAS the Nova Scotia Public Accounts Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records, and to examine witnesses under oath;
WHEREAS the standing committees of the Parliament of Canada have the power to send for persons, papers and records;
WHEREAS the house can authorize a committee to call for persons, papers and records;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Public Accounts Committee, Crown Corporations Committee, Economic Policy Committee and Social Policy Committee be authorized by the Legislative Assembly to call for persons, papers and documents.