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View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
This is something that you're asking government to do. I think it would be important for us to follow the reports that have come out over the years from very respected people such as yourself who actually tell Canadians how government should be structured. Instead of the secrecy and these special closed-door agreements, often with lobbyists involved, we need to make sure that we're protecting the public purse and that every dollar actually counts.
Seniors who are struggling to put food on the tables, families who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and Canadians who are struggling to keep their jobs should receive the best possible disclosure and transparency around every dollar that's spent. That wasn't the case under the previous government; it hasn't been the case under the current government; and it definitely needs to change.
I want to come to the issue of the use of the Canada account. Particularly, we've been told at the finance committee that coming out of COVID-19, coming out of the pandemic, that there will be a massive splurging of somewhere around $15 billion to $20 billion in construction for the Trans Mountain pipeline. That's in addition to the purchase of all of the assets, which was done, basically, with no due regard to the public purse.
I'm wondering to what extent you're concerned about the use of the Canada account in such an an egregious way, basically bypassing Parliament to spend tens of billions of dollars, potentially, in this case, for a project that the private sector walked away from because it's simply not a project that has any economic foundation.
Are you concerned about the use of the Canada account in this secretive way?
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