"Is there anyone out there who can clarify for me what the rules are surrounding the extent to which ministers can get involved in individual cases? Let alone committee meetings? Because I honestly am a bit perplexed".
Apparently she can't remember Liberal's demanding a minister intervene on an individual case for a guy named Karlheinz Schreiber. And by coincidence, the reason they wanted his deportation stopped was so he could appear before a committee. Then there's that whole Judy Sgro/Romainian Stripper thingy.
And just a few months ago, we were told that the coalition would also act on individual cases:
Liberal MP Mario Silva and NDP MP Olivia Chow have said their parties are committed to preventing the deportation of American war resisters, five of whom are facing jail time if sent back to the U.S. in the next two weeks.". Of course if things start getting a little worrisome for the Conservative's, and they worry the nannies might have to face some tough questions which might make the government look bad, I would imagine they could just follow tradition and name them Ambassadors to Denmark.
If by some chance Delacourt reads this, I would be happy to provide more examples of Liberal's demanding the minister intervene in individual cases. Or if she desires I can provide examples of Liberal ministers getting involved in individual cases. Then again it appears she is in the final stages of SLML, and she would probably just forget anyways.
Update: Wilson has made an excellant point in the comments: