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View Thomas Mulcair Profile
NDP (QC)
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
2013-06-17 14:19 [p.18422]
Mr. Speaker, two weeks ago, the Prime Minister stood in this House and said that he had—
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
NDP (QC)
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
2013-06-17 14:19 [p.18422]
Mr. Speaker, two weeks ago, the Prime Minister stood in this House and said that he had not been briefed on the audit of Senator Pamela Wallin's expenses. He insisted that he knew nothing, but last week, Senator Wallin revealed that she had indeed briefed the Prime Minister's Office in detail.
Who is telling the truth: Senator Wallin or the Prime Minister?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, first of all, on behalf of all members, I would like to thank the leader of the NDP for being here today without incident.
The Prime Minister has been very clear on this question and the leader of the NDP opposite knows very well that there is, of course, an independent audit and examination of this very matter going forward.
The Prime Minister has been very clear to all senators, including Senator Wallin, that any expenses have to be paid and have to be associated directly with their responsibilities as a senator and that any expenses that are not associated should come directly from their own personal pocket.
View Megan Leslie Profile
NDP (NS)
View Megan Leslie Profile
2013-06-17 14:24 [p.18423]
Mr. Speaker, so many Conservatives under police investigation and yet, so little contrition.
Let us stay on the topic of criminal investigations involving the Conservatives. In February, the Prime Minister claimed that he had personally reviewed Pamela Wallin's spending and found nothing unusual about it. However, in August 2012, the Senate administration found problems with Ms. Wallin's expense claims.
Why did the Prime Minister choose to ignore this information?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, as I just said to the leader of the NDP in English, the Prime Minister made it very clear that any expenses claimed by senators have to be associated directly with their responsibilities as senators.
It is the ethical and responsible thing to do. Just as the ethical and responsible thing to do for any member of Parliament, for example, is to do work for charities and to give money to charities, not take money from charities.
The member for Halifax knows that. The member for Outremont knows that. We know that. A member of Parliament showing up at a charity event should give money to charities not take it away from charities like the leader of the Liberal Party does.
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, somebody really should advise the Liberal leader not to lead with his chin in question period.
As I said last week, we do not have access to a personal cheque of Nigel Wright.
However, the leader of the Liberal Party does have access to a personal cheque that was given to him, for example, from the Canadian Mental Health Association that paid him. He took $20,000 from the Canadian Mental Health Association while speaking at a charity event. He also took $7,500 from the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. He took $10,000 from the Children of Hope, which is a charity organization that helps orphaned children.
If he believes in accountability and transparency, he should show us the money he took from the charity.
View Philip Toone Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's Office is under criminal investigation. It is time to take this seriously and answer questions.
Has the Prime Minister spoken to a criminal investigator about this file?
View Jason Kenney Profile
CPC (AB)
View Jason Kenney Profile
2013-06-14 11:18 [p.18369]
Mr. Speaker, the answer is no.
However, Canadians want to know why the NDP leader rolled right through four stop signs here on Parliament Hill. Why did he insult an RCMP officer? Why does the NDP leader think he is above the law? He demonstrated disrespect for police officers.
View Philip Toone Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I will repeat that the Prime Minister's Office is currently under criminal investigation. The Conservative Party and its ministers have to start answering questions seriously.
Has another PMO staffer, such as current chief of staff Ray Novak or anyone else, talked to an investigator about the criminal investigation into the $90,000 cheque that Nigel Wright gave to Senator Mike Duffy?
View Jason Kenney Profile
CPC (AB)
View Jason Kenney Profile
2013-06-14 11:19 [p.18369]
Mr. Speaker, once again, the RCMP has not contacted anyone in government or in the Prime Minister's Office about this matter.
Yesterday, however, the Leader of the Opposition, the NDP leader, was contacted by the RCMP here on Parliament Hill because he broke the law. Despite the fact that there are so many tourists around Parliament Hill, many of them children, he ignored the rules of the road and then insulted an RCMP officer.
Why did the NDP leader fail to respect the RCMP when it contacted him?
View Chris Charlton Profile
NDP (ON)
View Chris Charlton Profile
2013-06-14 11:19 [p.18369]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's Office is under criminal investigation. Canadians are taking that very seriously, and the minister should too. It is time to answer questions.
When was the Prime Minister informed of the criminal investigation, and did the Prime Minister or his office proactively contact the police about the possible criminal wrongdoing in his office?
View Jason Kenney Profile
CPC (AB)
View Jason Kenney Profile
2013-06-14 11:20 [p.18369]
Again, Mr. Speaker, the answer is the same in English as it is in French, which is that the office of the Prime Minister and government has not been contacted by the RCMP with respect to this matter.
The real question, though, is why was the leader of the NDP contacted by the RCMP here on Parliament Hill yesterday. We have kids and tourists walking all around the Hill, but he does not seem to think that matters as he speeds through five stop signs. Then when he is stopped finally by the police and asked what is going on, he says, “Do you know who I am?”
That is the kind of arrogance that Canadians do not appreciate in their political representatives.
View Chris Charlton Profile
NDP (ON)
View Chris Charlton Profile
2013-06-14 11:20 [p.18369]
Mr. Speaker, the real question is about the criminal investigation in the Prime Minister's Office.
Last night, Senator Wallin said in an interview that she always kept Nigel Wright in the loop about problems in the Senate.
Who else in the PMO was kept in the loop, and did Nigel Wright ever speak with the Prime Minister about his conversations with Senator Wallin?
View Jason Kenney Profile
CPC (AB)
View Jason Kenney Profile
2013-06-14 11:21 [p.18369]
Mr. Speaker, that question has been answered.
It is quite remarkable that the members of the NDP are so embarrassed by the conduct of their leader, they are not even prepared to defend it on the floor of the House of Commons. What I really find strange is that the NDP leader suggests that it was all just a misunderstanding. He implies that he co-operated and there was nothing wrong.
When an individual speeds through five stop signs and then insults an RCMP officer, would the individual have the arrogance to say, “Do you know who I am?” That reflects the kind of poor judgment that we sadly know is characteristic of the leader of the New Democratic Party.
View David McGuinty Profile
Lib. (ON)
View David McGuinty Profile
2013-06-14 11:21 [p.18369]
Mr. Speaker, according to the Prime Minister, Nigel Wright was acting in his capacity of chief of staff. However, it is illegal to make a payment or provide a gift to a senator for anything relating to their official functions.
Furthermore, Senator Duffy stonewalled the review of his expenditures immediately after his agreement with the chief of staff.
Why does the Prime Minister continue to describe this transaction as private?
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