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View Thomas Mulcair Profile
NDP (QC)
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
2015-05-26 14:20 [p.14174]
Exactly so, Mr. Speaker. No one rewrites laws retroactively for honest citizens.
They are retroactively rewriting laws to stop a police investigation. The Prime Minister's own chief of staff ordered an audit report altered to help Mike Duffy. Now Conservatives are blocking the release of the full details from the investigation on Senate residency. The Prime Minister is retroactively legalizing obstruction of justice.
Will the Prime Minister release the full Senate audit on Mike Duffy's residency now, for all Canadians to see?
View Steven Blaney Profile
CPC (QC)
View Steven Blaney Profile
2015-05-26 14:20 [p.14174]
Mr. Speaker, if the Leader of the Opposition is serious about democracy, he should let members have a free vote on the common sense firearms licensing act, to restore dignity for law-abiding citizens. We will support that bill, close the loophole and defend Canadians.
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
NDP (QC)
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
2015-05-26 14:21 [p.14174]
Here is the foundation of our democracy, expounded by Dicey, that the law applies equally to everyone, Mr. Speaker.
Dicey and Lévis: it is not the same fight.
Is it not convenient that the Prime Minister's Office can doctor the Duffy report, but it cannot release it to the public?
The Prime Minister did say right here on April 22 that Mr. Duffy had signed a declaration before he was sworn in.
Will the Conservatives make that public, yes or no?
View Paul Calandra Profile
CPC (ON)
View Paul Calandra Profile
2015-05-26 14:21 [p.14174]
Mr. Speaker, as the House knows, this case is before the courts, and we will allow the courts to complete their work.
However, as we know, whether it is a senator or a member of Parliament, when Canadian taxpayers see their money being used inappropriately, they are angry. They have the right to be angry and to expect that money to be returned to them. That is why I would suggest that the New Democrats avoid the sad spectacle of having the Leader of the Opposition in court this summer trying to defend the over $2 million that they owe the taxpayers. Do the right thing for the taxpayer and pay the money back.
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
NDP (QC)
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
2015-05-26 14:22 [p.14174]
When the Conservatives get him to stand up, we know they are having a very bad question period, Mr. Speaker.
The Auditor General is now investigating nearly half of all senators for illegal spending. Ten other cases are being referred to the RCMP. That means 14 senators are currently under criminal investigation before the courts.
How can we trust that the issues before the Senate will be properly examined, when the Prime Minister's new official policy is to obstruct justice?
View Paul Calandra Profile
CPC (ON)
View Paul Calandra Profile
2015-05-26 14:23 [p.14174]
Mr. Speaker, as members know, it was the Senate that invited the Auditor General in to examine expenses, and we expect all senators to assist in this.
However, let me be very clear that it is the opposition, the NDP, that has 68 members who owe over $2 million to Canadian taxpayers and another 23 who owe over $1.1 million to taxpayers. They broke the law, and this summer we are going to see the sad spectacle of the leader of the opposition, his House leader and other members of his caucus before the courts trying to tell Canadians why they used that money. Avoid that and simply pay it back.
View Ève Péclet Profile
NDP (QC)
View Ève Péclet Profile
2015-05-26 14:28 [p.14175]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister appointed Mike Duffy to the Senate, and the PMO was directly involved in altering a report on senators' expenses. His silence is unacceptable. The Auditor General's next report will name 10 other senators who allegedly submitted claims for inappropriate expenses. A total of 14 senators are now facing an RCMP criminal investigation.
Why did the Prime Minister's Office intervene to protect senators who misused public funds?
View Paul Calandra Profile
CPC (ON)
View Paul Calandra Profile
2015-05-26 14:28 [p.14175]
Mr. Speaker, the member is completely wrong.
It was the Senate that actually invited the Auditor General in to examine all of the expenses of the Senate. As I have said, if any senator is found guilty or has used money inappropriately, that senator should pay it back. If they have done something criminal, then they should face the full consequences of that.
It is no different for members of Parliament. Canadians work hard and they expect the money they send here to be used properly. When it is not, they expect it to be paid back. That is why it is important that the NDP pay back the millions of dollars it owes taxpayers; do it now and avoid the sad spectacle of court.
Some hon. members: Pay it back; pay it back!
View Charlie Angus Profile
NDP (ON)
View Charlie Angus Profile
2015-05-26 14:29 [p.14175]
Mr. Speaker, Canadians are hard working. They expect better from a government that is embroiled with 50 senators being investigated for corruption.
This is a scandal that begins and ends in the Prime Minister's Office, from the potentially ineligible Senate appointments to the whitewashed audit. We learned from the RCMP that when it came to whitewashing the Deloitte audit, the Prime Minister's key staff were heavily involved in discussions with the Senate.
Will the Prime Minister's spokesman tell the House who in the Prime Minister's Office has been discussing, with the key Conservative senators, the bombshell Auditor General's report that is coming out next week?
View Paul Calandra Profile
CPC (ON)
View Paul Calandra Profile
2015-05-26 14:30 [p.14175]
Mr. Speaker, as I have said, it was the Senate that actually invited the Auditor General in to examine all expenses of the Senate. If any senator is found to have broken the law, then of course taxpayers would expect that senator to face the full consequences of the law.
However, it is no different for members of Parliament. There are 68 members of the NDP who owe over $2 million back to the taxpayer, another 23 who owe over $1 million back to the taxpayer, and this summer we will see the sad spectacle of the Leader of the Opposition and other members in court trying to defend that.
Canadian taxpayers want their money back.
View Charlie Angus Profile
NDP (ON)
View Charlie Angus Profile
2015-03-23 14:32 [p.12164]
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Public Works and Government Services was found guilty for interfering politically in a project to help friends of the Conservative Party, but she has not really come clean with Canadians, and a lot of questions remain unanswered.
What did happen to that letter from the MP for Thornhill? Was it really lost, or did the Conservatives deep-six it? There are also allegations that the minister interfered in other projects. I will be bringing this issue to the ethics committee.
It is a simple question. Will the Conservatives work with us to get to the bottom of these serious allegations, or will they continue to cover up for the very ethically challenged minister?
View Paul Calandra Profile
CPC (ON)
View Paul Calandra Profile
2015-03-23 14:33 [p.12164]
Mr. Speaker, obviously the minister acted within good faith and within the discretionary authority that was available to her. The main goal was to improve accessibility for people with disabilities to a community centre.
With respect to the ethics committee, I suspect the ethics committee might also want to take a look at the inappropriate mailings of the NDP, which have cost taxpayers $2.7 million. We might also want to look at the illegal $350,000 that NDP members accepted in campaign contributions, or the fact that they were charged $40,000 for illegal robocalls. I suspect the House of Commons, which is soon going to be garnishing their wages, will help us deal with that.
View Ève Péclet Profile
NDP (QC)
View Ève Péclet Profile
2015-03-23 14:34 [p.12164]
Mr. Speaker, Canadians have the right to know the truth. The report from the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner could not answer all the questions about funding for the Markham community centre. The minister even received a letter from the Minister of the Environment asking her to fund the project. Oddly enough, that letter has disappeared.
When correspondence between two ministers disappears, that always raises suspicions. Can the minister help us find that letter and get to the bottom of this?
View Diane Finley Profile
CPC (ON)
View Diane Finley Profile
2015-03-23 14:34 [p.12164]
Mr. Speaker, I have always believed that this project to improve access to the Markham centre for people with disabilities was valid and in the public interest.
I can assure the member that I co-operated fully for the three years that the investigation was under way.
View Murray Rankin Profile
NDP (BC)
View Murray Rankin Profile
2015-03-13 11:33 [p.12107]
Mr. Speaker, this week we heard that the current Minister of Public Works passed over 160 proposals to fund one from a Conservative insider. What kind of message is the minister sending about the government?
When a community organization applies for a grant to the Government of Canada, it should not feel the need to do favours for the Conservative Party. It should be able to trust that the proposal will be considered fairly, based on its merits. Why did she pick this project in Markham ahead of all the others?
View Diane Finley Profile
CPC (ON)
View Diane Finley Profile
2015-03-13 11:33 [p.12107]
Mr. Speaker, I always believed that this particular project to improve accessibility for handicapped people at the Markham centre was worthy and was in the public interest. I accept the guidance provided by the commissioner to make sure that these programs are handled in a manner that is fair, accessible, and equitable for everyone involved.
View Sadia Groguhé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Sadia Groguhé Profile
2015-03-13 11:34 [p.12107]
Mr. Speaker, ever since the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner released her damning report concerning the favouritism shown by the Minister of Public Works, we have been trying to get an explanation.
The government claims that the minister acted on her own and in good faith, and yet three ministers and two of the Prime Minister's close advisers intervened on behalf of a good friend of the Prime Minister to overturn a decision made by departmental officials.
Can the minister tell us if it is common for three ministers and two of the Prime Minister's advisers to get involved in awarding such a small grant?
View Diane Finley Profile
CPC (ON)
View Diane Finley Profile
2015-03-13 11:35 [p.12107]
Mr. Speaker, I always believed that this project to improve accessibility for handicapped people in the Markham Centre was worthy and in the public interest.
I accept the guidance provided by the commissioner to make sure that these grant programs are handled in a manner that is fair, accessible and effective for everyone involved.
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
View Jean Rousseau Profile
2015-03-13 11:35 [p.12107]
Mr. Speaker, as of a few months ago, Agop Evereklian is once again working for the Conservatives.
To refresh the memory of the House, this former chief of staff to Mayor Tremblay was found guilty of fraud in 2005. His judgment is so poor that the Prime Minister himself had to ask him to cut ties with a dubious campaign manager during the 2011 campaign.
How can the Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec allow someone with such a dubious past in terms of ethics to be involved in distributing grants for the agency? Come on.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec works with all regions of Quebec to promote economic development. I hope my colleague realizes that we have even helped his riding.
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
2015-03-13 11:36 [p.12107]
Mr. Speaker, according to former Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, the Minister of Public Works blocked a grant promised by Lawrence Cannon in order to punish the Pontiac voters for voting the wrong way.
At the end of the day, it is the people who use the Jean Bosco centre, people with disabilities trying to enter the labour market, who are the victims of the Conservatives' pettiness in this case.
Will the Prime Minister explain what role his chief of staff played in all of this?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2015-03-13 11:36 [p.12107]
Mr. Speaker, under our Conservative government, Patrick Brazeau is not in charge of grants. The NDP might want Patrick Brazeau to tell them what to do with taxpayers' money, but it does not work that way on this side of the House.
It is not surprising that the NDP and the Liberals would have to raise taxes, if they say yes every time Patrick Brazeau or someone else asks for money.
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
2015-03-13 11:37 [p.12108]
Mr. Speaker, Senator Brazeau was credible enough for the Conservatives to appoint him to the Senate.
The director general of the Jean Bosco centre is disgusted with the pettiness of the Conservatives, who are using public funds to reward their friends and punish their adversaries, and I quote:
It is disgusting....Our clientele is disabled and already heavily burdened. People should not have to pay the consequences of such a scheme...
Can the Prime Minister explain why his chief of staff, Nigel Wright, got involved in this case?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2015-03-13 11:38 [p.12108]
Mr. Speaker, the application was rejected after both an internal and an external review. We have to decide between projects all the time.
What the New Democrats have just confirmed is that they believe that Patrick Brazeau should be in charge of grants and contributions. Maybe that is how they would run their government if they ever had the terrifying prospect of coming anywhere near taxpayers' money, but Canadians will never allow the NDP or the Liberals to do that, because they know that they will only pay more taxes and face more debt if that were to ever happen.
View Pat Martin Profile
NDP (MB)
View Pat Martin Profile
2015-03-13 11:38 [p.12108]
Mr. Speaker, Vic Toews wife now denies that she took a $1-million kickback from a first nations chief who was directly involved with her husband, the senior minister for Manitoba. She says it was no more than $50,000 tops, as if that makes it okay. I know it is peanuts on the scale of Conservative shenanigans. Mulroney's personal rogues would not even get out of bed for that kind of chump change.
Would the government not agree that it is time to tighten up on the post-employment rules for ministers and their spouses so that they cannot exploit the time they spent in public office for personal and private gain?
View Paul Calandra Profile
CPC (ON)
View Paul Calandra Profile
2015-03-13 11:39 [p.12108]
Mr. Speaker, this is a dispute between three individuals, none of which is the federal government. At the same time, when it comes to accountability, it is the NDP that owes Canadian taxpayers close to $5 million for illegal offices. That is $2.7 million for illegal offices and millions of dollars for illegal mailings, and they refuse to pay that money back.
When it comes to accountability, they have nothing to talk about. They took illegal money from unions. They have illegally taken money from Canadian taxpayers, and now they are refusing to even pay it back.
View Scott Simms Profile
Lib. (NL)
Mr. Speaker, since 2011, 70% of funding under the enabling accessibility fund has been spent in Conservative ridings. Conservatives have been using a program designed to help those with disabilities as a political slush fund to reward their friends.
If that is not bad enough, now the Prime Minister himself ensured that a failed application was put on top of the pile, fast-tracked, and given over $1 million. It is like Duffy all over again.
There is one word for this bad behaviour; it is called corruption. How can he defend it?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2015-03-13 11:40 [p.12108]
Mr. Speaker, the reason we created the enabling accessibility fund is to help people with disabilities have the same access to community centres, churches, synagogues, mosques, and recreational centres every other Canadian enjoys, and that is why we have been proud to fund wheelchair ramps, special elevators, and a whole host of other projects that help disabled people across the country.
We have also brought in the registered disability savings fund so that parents can set aside money for their disabled children's futures, and I am happy to say that both of those programs have been an enormous success.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2015-03-13 11:41 [p.12108]
Mr. Speaker, this week we heard the racist views of the member for New Brunswick Southwest on the economic role of “whities” and “brown people”. The member spewing this racism is the Prime Minister's former director of communications. Will the Prime Minister do the right thing and kick him out of the Conservative caucus, or is there a place for racism within the government?
View Tim Uppal Profile
CPC (AB)
View Tim Uppal Profile
2015-03-13 11:41 [p.12108]
Mr. Speaker, the member has apologized, but who has not apologized is the Liberal leader for his comments earlier this week. In fact, regarding his speech, B'nai Brith has said, “Such language is divisive and only does a disservice to Canadians interested in dealing with pressing issues of the day”.
When will the leader of the Liberal Party stand up and apologize for his comments earlier this week?
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