258.1. Before making the order, the Minister may make any inquiry he considers useful.
For that purpose, he has the powers and immunity provided for in the first paragraph of section 6 and in sections 9 to 13 and 16 of the Act respecting public inquiry commissions (chapter C-37).
For the purposes of the inquiry, he has all the powers of a judge of the Superior Court, except the power to order imprisonment.
The powers provided for in this section may be exercised by any person appointed by the Minister.