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Special Inquiries

Under the Inquiries Act, the Governor in Council, appointed by the Governor General, may initiate an inquiry into any matter related to maintaining good government, or into the conduct of any public business. Meant to examine allegations of government wrongdoing or study divisive or complex issues in Canadian politics or government policy-making, these inquiries are governed by specific government legislation providing an advisory role to establish the causes or facts surrounding an event or issue and make conclusions in a semi-independent and transparent fashion that the government may or may not accept. In the course of coming to a conclusion, the Inquiry may subpoena documents and compel witnesses to testify; our lawyers at Hughes Amys have extensive experience advising individuals and corporations in preparing for testimony before Special Inquiries.
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