Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, said the release is a show of "transparency" on the government's part.Yes, you do always say things like that. It's government by p.r. agency, it's not serious.
"It's ensuring that Parliament gets the information that it needs," he said. "We've always said that we're going to make available all information that can be made available."
This is clearly meant to influence the Speaker, to give the appearance of compliance, as he wrestles with his ruling. I'm sure he can see that.
P.S. I wonder what other "surprise" releases/news events/announcements will occur this weekend...