Laurentian's Lawyers Ask Judge to Rule on Legality of Speaker's Warrant Forcing Release of Private Info

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Lawyers for insolvent Laurentian University continue to defend against a Speaker's warrant issued by the Ontario Legislature that aims to force the Sudbury school to give up privileged information to the auditor general, reported. A legislative committee tasked Bonnie Lysyk with a special audit last spring to look into how the university became insolvent. (The school has been restructuring under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, or CCAA, process that allows it to operate while dealing with its financial problems.) For its part, Laurentian responded it was co-operating as fully as possible, but she had no right to certain documents and asked the court to define privilege and rule on the matter. A judge reserved his decision until Dec. 6. A few days later, the standing committee on public accounts of the Ontario Legislative Assembly introduced a motion to issue a Speaker's warrant, a rarely used provincial tool, to compel Laurentian to produce the information in question by Feb. 1, 2022. Read more.