Québec Ombudsman's brief on Bill 107 presented to the Committee on Institutions
At the invitation of the National Assembly’s Committee on Institutions, the Québec Ombudsman presented a brief 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.
It subscribes to the main objectives of the Bill but nonetheless made certain recommendations aimed at:
- Ensuring coordination among the various complementary mechanisms for maintaining and strengthening public integrity. The goal is to have all reported wrongdoings handled appropriately by the relevant body.
- Empowering the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) to investigate on its own initiative into allegations concerning sexual offences by police officers in the performance of their duties. The goal is to create a legislative environment conducive to victims trusting the system.
- Ensuring police cooperation with BEI by providing for a system of sanctions in cases of lack of cooperation. The goal is the integrity and credibility of BEI investigations.
- Ensuring that the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) can properly gauge the potential effects of the decision to grant immunity to cooperating witnesses (terminate a civil, fiscal or disciplinary proceeding). To make informed decisions, the DPCP should be obliged to consult the public bodies concerned regarding the proceeding underway against the witness in question.
- Québec Ombudsman's brief on Bill 107 presented to the Committee on Institutions (Summary, PDF, 105 KB)
- Speech of the Ombudsperson (In French)