15.40 In recommending the publication of draft mous, the Committee recognizes that it is likely to take new paths. As a general rule, the public is not informed that ROCs have been signed, as these agreements are considered “internal” government operations. Requesting the publication of the MOUs, including in a final form, would set a precedent. However, we believe it is important that the public is informed of the proposals and has a reasonable opportunity to propose improvements in the design phase. Transparency of processes requires that the public be as involved as possible. With this recommendation, the Committee is essentially following the recommendations of the report of the Deputy Minister`s Task Force of December 1996 entitled “Management of horizontal political issues”. This report contains a checklist of key practices for initiating work on horizontal and policy issues within federal divisions. Two of the practices on the checklist are of particular importance for this debate, namely the establishment of a clear accountability of lead departments and partners and the development of partnerships with the wider community: 15.46 In their appearance before the Committee on 1 June 1999, Dr Franklin pointed out that the PMRA and the DFO have worked hard to: resolve their disputes. It expressed the hope that a Memorandum of Understanding would be signed by the autumn of 1999. However, this has not been the case and the issue is still under discussion. The Committee is concerned that PMRA and DFO have been at an impasse for so long. As of July 1, 2020, this agreement replaces the agreement entitled “2016 Accord Respecting Multi-jurisdictional Pension Plans”, which was concluded on July 1, 2016 with respect to the governments of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
The application of this Agreement shall be limited to the areas referred to in paragraph 28. 25. Subject to Sections 27 and 28, this Agreement replaces, from the date referred to in Section 19, the Agreement entitled “Reciprocal Memorandum of Understanding” and any similar agreement on the application of pension legislation to pension plans between the Governments Party to this Agreement or between ministries and services. Offices, units or agencies of these governments.