Guide to FOIP-Chapter 4

Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. Guide to FOIP, Chapter 4, Exemptions from the Right of Access. Updated 8 April 2024. 118 Briefing means a written summary of short duration; concise; using few words; a summary of facts or a meeting for giving information or instructions.439 An example would be a briefing note. In relation to has been found to have a similar meaning as “in respect of”. It was considered in Nowegijick v. The Queen (1983): The words “in respect of” are, in my opinion, words of the widest possible scope. They import such meanings as “in relation to”, “with reference to” or “in connection with”. The phrase “in respect of” is probably the widest of any expression intended to convey some connection between two related subject-matters.440 The phrase “are before, or are proposed to be brought before,” suggests present or future tense. It would not include a record already presented to and dealt with by the Executive Council or its committees.441 Proposed means something offered for consideration or acceptance, a suggestion.442 To put forward an idea or plan for consideration.443 Executive Council means the Executive Council appointed pursuant to The Executive Government Administration Act.444 It consists of the Premier and Cabinet Ministers. Executive Council is also referred to as “Cabinet”.445 Cabinet has also been defined as the committee of senior ministers (heading individual provincial government ministries) which acts collectively with the Premier to decide matters of government policy.446 A committee of the Executive Council, also known as a Cabinet committee, includes one or more Cabinet ministers.447 The committee exercises some or all of the powers of Cabinet as a whole, or develops and provides recommendations to Cabinet. Also included in the definition 439 Pearsall, Judy, Concise Oxford Dictionary, 10th Ed., (Oxford University Press) at p. 174. 440 Nowegijick v. The Queen, [1983] 1 SCR 29, 1983 CanLII 18 (SCC) at [39]. 441 ON IPC Orders P-22 at p. 5 and P-40 at p. 11. Adopted in SK Review Report 021-2015 at [19]. 442 Garner, Bryan A., 2019. Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th Edition. St. Paul, Minn.: West Group at p. 1474. 443 Pearsall, Judy, Concise Oxford Dictionary, 10th Ed., (Oxford University Press) at p. 1147. 444 The Legislation Act, S.S. 2019, Chapter L-10.2 at ss. 2-29. 445 Government of Saskatchewan, Cabinet Secretariat, Executive Council, Executive Government Processes and Procedures in Saskatchewan: A Procedures Manual, 2007, at p. 16. 446 British Columbia Government Services, FOIPPA Policy Definitions at Accessed April 23, 2020. 447 The Executive Government Administration Act, S.S. 2014, Chapter E-13.1 at subsection 6(1)(a).