panel, commission of inquiry, public education, advocacy, lobbying, Alan Cairns, Samuel Grange, media
Mr. Harris: The question concerning the justification of commissions of inquiry has been raised in the preceding discussions. If their sole justification is having the bulk of their recommendations implemented, the institution probably would have died out long ago. Nevertheless, it must be of considerable concern to commissioners that the record has not been good in terms of implementation and one of the questions that perhaps will determine how successful commissions are in this respect has to do with what happens when the report is delivered and thereafter. These questions will be largely the subject of the panel that we are about to present. You will not be treated to profound, scholarly papers on policy analysis or anything like that in this panel. There will be practical comments and suggestions.
A Cairns, S Grange J, and E C. Harris, "The Commission and Its Report: Public Education, Advocacy and Lobbying" (1990) 12:3 Dal LJ 161.