particular access to information case. He described the facts of thecase and the series of events that have led us here this morning.Let me turn first to the outline of certain fundamental tenets of parliamentary privilege. The Speaker states, at page 10005 of
The privileges, powers and immunities of the House of Commons, as provided by section 18 of the Constitution Act,1867 and section 4 of the Parliament of Canada Act, include freedom of speech and debate as set out, among others places, in article 9 of the Bill of Rights, 1689, which provides that:
the freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament, ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament.
As Erskine May's 24th edition, at page 227, states:
underlying the Bill of Rights is the privilege of both Houses to the exclusive cognizance of their own proceedings. Both Houses retain the right to be sole judge of the lawfulness of