The special committee was created as a result of the passage of Motion 86 on June 30, 2020:
WHEREAS a June 9, 2020, order of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (Order No FI-20-007) raised serious questions about the possibility of government records being improperly deleted;
AND WHEREAS access to government records is fundamental to open and transparent government;
AND WHEREAS government has committed to an external review of this issue;
AND WHEREAS an external review will not provide the openness and transparency that the public expects and deserves;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a Special Committee of the Legislative Assembly on Government Records Retention be created: with a six person membership, consisting of two members from government members, two members from the Official Opposition and two members from the Third Party;
AND THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee study the missing records referred in the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s order and the current practices related to electronic records and security;
AND THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this committee report back to the Legislative Assembly with recommendations within six months.