TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 – Workshops – Bilingual Session – Dealing with Authority Issues (1:26)

9:00  Workshops – Bilingual Session – Dealing with Authority Issues

Interlocking exercises for bill-drafters and regulations-drafters in one single workshop.

This session will explore the approaches taken in different jurisdictions to dealing with uncertain or insufficient authority to make regulations or bylaws.  Panelists will facilitate discussion on the legal and ethical issues involved, including: how and when advice is given to clients; how proactive drafters are in suggesting creative solutions to uncertain authority; strategies drafters use for dealing with an instructing client that refuses to accept the advice given.


  • Kimberly A. Poffenroth, Chief Legislative Counsel of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB


  • Eric P. Boucher, Solicitor, Legislative Services Branch, Office of the Attorney General of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
  • Jacinthe Bourdages, General Counsel and Director, Advisory Services and Legislative Revision Group, Justice Canada, Ottawa, ON
  • Valérie Bietlot, Legal Counsel, City of Ottawa, ON