OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's fourth and current Information
Commissioner, Robert Marleau, announced today his retirement from public life
effective June 29, 2009. In a letter to notify the Governor in Council of his
decision, he explained that his reasons for doing so are entirely personal and
of a private nature.
Mr. Marleau began his term on January 15, 2007. Before taking up the
position, Mr. Marleau served Parliament for 31 years, 13 of them as Clerk of
the House of Commons. He was interim Privacy Commissioner in 2003.
"I have enjoyed my tenure as Information Commissioner of Canada and I am
quite satisfied that I leave the OIC a much better organization," said Mr.
"From a management perspective," he added, "the new team in place is
implementing a new business model to better serve Canadians, the funding of
the Office has almost doubled and the financial and human resources management
practices are now in step with modern governance and accountability principles
From a program perspective, Mr. Marleau is quite pleased to report that
"the backlog inventory of cases in under control and will be eliminated by the
end of the fiscal year; that the systemic report cards have been renewed and
expended; and, that a strategy for legislative reform has been presented to
the Standing Committee on Access, Privacy and Ethics and was largely supported
by academics and professionals of access to information." The Standing
Committee on Access, Privacy and Ethics has also endorsed the OIC
recommendations in its eleventh report to the House of Commons tabled June 18.
While the search for a new Commissioner is on-going, Mr. Marleau
recommended to the Governor in Council that Suzanne Legault, Assistant
Commissioner, responsible for Policy, Communications and Operation be
appointed Interim Commissioner. The Governor in Council accepted his
Suzanne Legault was appointed Assistant Commissioner for the Office of
the Information Commissioner of Canada on June 18, 2007. Ms. Legault began her
career in the Public Service in 1996 at the Competition Bureau, where she held
increasingly senior positions, including Special Advisor to the Commissioner
of Competition. She then served as Legal Counsel with the Department of
Justice, before returning to the Competition Bureau where she was Assistant
Deputy Commissioner, Legislative Affairs, then Deputy Commissioner,
Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs. During her tenure at the Competition
Bureau she developed significant experience in investigations and policy
development in key industry sectors. Prior to joining the Public Service, Ms.
Legault practised law as a criminal defense lawyer and Crown prosecutor from
1991 to 1996. Ms. Legault holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of
Common Law from McGill Law School, which she obtained in 1988.
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