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Mr. John Williams, M.P.
Chair
Standing Committee on Public Accounts
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Williams:

I am pleased to respond on behalf of the Government of Canada to the 15th Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts on Chapter 2 (Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Contributing to Safe and Efficient Marine Navigation) of the December 2002 Report of the Auditor General of Canada.

I would like to thank the Committee for its hard work in this area and on similar issues over the past few years. Actions as a result of your various reports are widely interpreted as having contributed to much-needed improvements of many aspects of the operations of DFO.

The Government of Canada has carefully considered the findings and recommendations as stated in your latest report and firmly supports your recommendations as to further measures to ensure safe and efficient marine navigation are delivered in the most cost effective manner possible. You will note from the enclosed response that much activity is underway within the Department that supports the thrust of your findings and recommendations; consequently, your report adds impetus to these initiatives. Work is well underway on your prime recommendation - the production of a comprehensive action plan to respond to the recommendations contained in the Auditor General's and your report on these issues.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank the members of the Committee for the report.

Yours truly,

Robert G. Thibault