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Committee Watch: Public Accounts (finally) ready to table report on F-35 procurement process?

After spending the last part of the spring sitting and a good chunk of the fall bickering bitterly behind closed doors, it appears that the public accounts committee may soon be ready reveal the results of its lengthy in camera consideration of the auditor general's report on F-35 procurement process. 

From the minutes of the last meeting, which took place on November 6th - in secret, of course, as has been the case for months: 

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(g) and the motions adopted by the Committee on Thursday, April 19, 2012 and Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the Committee resumed consideration of Chapter 2, Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets, of the Spring 2012 Report of the Auditor General of Canada referred to the Committee on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
 

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.
 

It was agreed, -- That the draft report, as amended, be adopted.
 

It was agreed, -- That the report be entitled: "Chapter 2, Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets, of the Spring 2012 Report of the Auditor General of Canada".
 

It was agreed, -- That the Chair, Clerk and analysts be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.
 

It was agreed, -- That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.
 

It was agreed, -- That the Chair present the report to the House.
 

It was agreed, -- That the Clerk of the Committee prepare and issue a press release following the presentation of the report in the House.
 

It was agreed, -- That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a) the Committee append to its report dissenting opinions from the New Democratic Party and the Liberal Party, provided that they are no more than 3 pages each in length and that they are submitted electronically, in both official languages, to the Clerk of the Committee, no later than Wednesday, November 14, 2012.


With the deadline for filing dissenting reports having expired last Wednesday, in theory, the final report could be tabled in the House as early as this afternoon. Stay tuned!
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