14. The Minister may hold or delegate his power to hold inquiries, the cost whereof, in case of non-payment, he may recover from the losing party. If the inquiry be held upon the application of one or more ratepayers, the Minister may exact from the applicant the deposit of a sum sufficient to cover the costs.
For the purposes of such inquiries, the Minister, or the person so delegated, may summon, swear and hear witnesses and the parties to the case, and compel them to produce all books, papers and documents connected with such inquiry.
The Minister, or the person so delegated, shall possess, in addition, the powers conferred upon him by section 14 of the Act respecting public inquiry commissions (chapter C-37).
The Government may also, by Order-in-Council, whenever it deems it necessary in the public interest, make applicable to the Minister, or the person so delegated, and to the inquiries it may hold, all or any of the provisions of sections 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the said Act respecting public inquiry commissions.
When an inquiry deals with any matter relating to the administration or operation of a school board or regional board, the Government may order that the powers of such school board or regional board be suspended and appoint an administrator who shall exercise them until the date it indicates.
R. S. 1964, c. 235, s. 13; 1971, c. 67, s. 9.