The Québec Ombudsman is called on to give its opinion and make recommendations on bills before they are voted on in the National Assembly of Québec and on draft regulations before their passage by the government.
Within the framework of the consultations on Bill 155 – An Act to amend various legislative provisions concerning municipal affairs and the Société d’habitation du Québec, the Québec Ombudsman presented a brief to the Committee on Planning and the Public Domain concerning municipal bodies being subject to the Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings relating to public bodies.
In a letter to Francine Charbonneau, Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, the Québec Ombudsman commented on the draft Regulation respecting the terms governing the use of monitoring mechanisms by a user sheltered in a facility maintained by an institution operating a residential and long-term care centre.
The Québec Ombudsman presented a brief to the National Assembly’s Committee on Institutions concerning Bill 107 – Act to increase the jurisdiction and independence of the Anti-Corruption Commissioner and the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes to grant certain benefits to cooperating witnesses.
In a letter to the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, François Blais, the Québec Ombudsman conveyed its comments about the draft Regulation to amend the Individual and Family Assistance Regulation.
In a letter to the Committee on Culture and Education, the Québec Ombudsman commented on Bill 144 – Act to amend the Education Act and other legislative provisions concerning mainly free educational services and compulsory school attendance.
The Québec Ombudsman subscribes to the various objectives of the bill. In a letter to the Committee on Institutions, it nonetheless recommended an amendment to specify the type of identification that Québec police officers must carry in their relations with the public.
In a letter to Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education, the Québec Ombudsman conveyed its comments on the draft Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting financial assistance for education expenses.
In a letter to the Committee on Health and Social Services, the Québec Ombudsman made an additional recommendation on Bill 130 – Act to amend certain provisions regarding the clinical organization and management of health and social services institutions.
In a letter to the president of the Office des professions du Québec, the Québec Ombudsman made three recommendations concerning the processing of complaints regarding members of disciplinary councils other than chairs.
In a letter to the Committee on Health and Social Services, the Québec Ombudsman commented on two aspects of Bill 130—the complaint examination system and the role of institutions in cases of confinement.