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View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
My name shouldn't be pronounced the English way. Whether we're speaking in English or in French, my name is pronounced the French way. I'll pronounce your last name the French way. Does that work for you, Ms. Daigle?
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:24
Absolutely, Ms. DeBellefeuille.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
I studied your report carefully. I want to congratulate you, because I find the report very clear. I have some questions regarding your level of satisfaction.
Have the new practices and resources put in place, such as the support provided by the human resources advisers that you added to your team, affected the number of complaints regarding psychological or sexual harassment or abuse of authority? Has this made a positive impact, or is the impact still difficult to measure?
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:25
Based on the data for the past three years, the number of complaints addressed has decreased. It was also an election year, and a decrease was expected.
That said, the report shows a significant decrease in requests regarding conflict or harassment. This decrease is attributable to the respectful workplace program. I'd like to think that, with the establishment of human resources services for members, we'll deal with many more cases of conflict before a complaint is made. Many of the cases involve labour relations. We get involved at the start of these cases. I think that this helps to resolve them and to avoid more formal complaints.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
The added staff has made a difference. Specifically, I'm referring to the HR advisers assigned to each caucus to support members in their roles as employers. The advisers work proactively, before workplace conflicts turn into the formal complaints classified in your report. That's my understanding.
I'd like to take this opportunity because public servants are often criticized. They aren't always depicted in a positive light, so I'd like to point out how outstanding the HR advisers assigned to the Bloc Québécois caucus are. They are competent and do an excellent job. They have shown the utmost professionalism. They are very committed to supporting members in their roles as employers.
As someone who spent much of her career as a manager in Quebec's public sector, I can say that those two people from your team have all the necessary skills and professionalism to support members in their roles as employers. Not only do I want to thank them publicly, but I also want to commend you. They say good leaders or managers surround themselves with good people. That's a compliment for you as well, Ms. Daigle.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
I have one last question for you. I don't think I heard the total number of members who took the three-hour training course on sexual harassment prevention.
Did you tell us already? Did I miss it?
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:27
Yes. It's 250 members.
The remaining members were supposed to complete their training in March. We're going to try to meet with them virtually.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
I see.
As whips, we play a vital role in mobilizing our party members. Finding time in their schedules can be challenging. As far as the Bloc Québécois is concerned, I can say I'm quite proud of our results.
Can you tell those following the proceedings how many Bloc Québécois members have completed the training?
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:28
Nearly 100%. I think only two are left.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
I'm quite pleased.
Rest assured that, by the end of August, we'll be at 100%.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Once again, kudos to you on the great job you're doing.
Mr. Chair, investing in HR advisers is smart spending. It makes for even better members who are more respectful employers.
Thank you, Ms. Daigle.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
If there are no further questions or comments, I'd like to ask a question, even though I think I know the answer. It's about members' staff.
I know members have to complete the training, but do their staff? Should more people have to take it?
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:29
Thank you for the question.
I believe that, further to a 2017 decision, the training was made mandatory for members' staff as well. That's why we are exploring virtual options to meet with all new staff. We also have a new onboarding program for members' staff. It will incorporate the training, so new staff will have completed it before they start.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Very good. It's not just for new staff, but also for existing staff. Is that right?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
All right.
Any other questions or comments?
We don't have to get approval for that. It was strictly a report.
We'll go on to number seven, “Report to Canadians”, and it will be the Clerk, Mr. Charles Robert.
Charles Robert
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Charles Robert
2020-07-10 14:30
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'm pleased to present the “Report to Canadians 2020”, the latest annual report. As you can see, it describes members' activities and the support provided by the House of Commons Administration.
The big event of the year was the general election, which ended the 42nd Parliament and began [Technical difficulty—Editor]. One of the things we did this year as an administration was to offer more support to the members, the 98 new members who came in with this election, through a revamped members' orientation program. In addition, listening to the members and the comments they made on various occasions in the past, we offered more support to members in transition—those who decided not to run and those who were not successful in the campaign. Toward the end of this period, of course, the members, the House and the administration are now addressing the issue of the COVID pandemic.
That is the report in a nutshell, and it is for you to decide whether you wish to recommend the adoption and approval of this report.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Do we have any questions or comments?
I see none.
Do we have approval of the report?
I see heads nodding. Very good.
We will now move on to item 8, which pertains to a request for exception for outdoor furniture.
Mr. Paquette, you may go ahead.
Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2020-07-10 14:32
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
A member is asking the board to consider his request for reimbursement for outdoor furniture. The space the member is leasing includes exclusive access to an outdoor area. In order to use the space, the member purchased two tables and six chairs, for a total of $2,958.
Given that this was a non-standard purchase, the administration completed its assessment in accordance with the existing board policy. We concluded that this type of furniture is not typically needed in an office, nor is it needed in order to enable a member to carry out their parliamentary function. So that is our conclusion, that it is not office furniture. Furthermore, we conclude that it is not transferrable, since members' constituency offices do not typically include outdoor space that can be furnished and used by the member. As a result of our assessment, the expense was denied.
As per the member's request, we are seeking the board's direction on the review for this matter.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Are there any questions or comments?
We have Mr. Rodriguez, followed by Mr. Julian.
Mr. Rodriguez, please go ahead.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It's not so much a question I have, as it is a comment.
My understanding is that the rules make no mention of patio furniture. We would be setting an unacceptable precedent, were we to grant the request. As mentioned, this type of furniture does not count as office equipment. If we agree to reimburse a member for patio furniture, next, we could have someone asking to be reimbursed for a barbecue, and it would never end. I think denying the expense was the right decision.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Julian, you may go ahead.
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Did the member contact the House administration before making the purchase? I don't mean through a formal letter, but did they make any sort of inquiry? It's clearly an unusual request.
My constituency office has an outdoor space. Would I be allowed to buy patio furniture? It's clear from looking at the file that there weren't any formal inquiries, but did someone from the member's office or the member, himself, reach out to finance services about it?
Once I know that, I'll comment further.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Paquette, please go ahead.
Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2020-07-10 14:35
According to the notes in my report, the member didn't ask for any information, formally or informally, before buying the furniture.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Julian, go ahead.
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
All right. Thank you.
This is a member with considerable experience, not just at the federal level. I think reimbursing a member for the purchase of patio furniture would set the wrong precedent. Had the member made some sort of attempt to contact the House administration, or had there been some ambiguity as to whether the expense was eligible, I'd be more inclined to consider the member's request.
The Board of Internal Economy should advise all members, especially new ones, that if they want to make an unusual purchase, they need to submit a formal request beforehand to make sure it's an eligible expense.
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