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View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I would like to begin with questions on party funding. An article published in La Presse on April 1, 2019, unless I am mistaken, talked about the possibility for a minor to fund a political party. The article reminded readers that the situation is different in Quebec, where only adults can donate to a party.
The Bloc Québécois has censured itself, in a way, by accepting only donations from people aged 16 and over, as that is the minimum age for acquiring a party membership card.
I would like to hear your comments on the possibility of amending the federal legislation to avoid minors being able to participate in the funding of a political party, as we can assume that this could lead to the practice of using other people's names in some cases.
View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
To your knowledge, have there been cases where very young people were investigated? Do you have any statistics on that?
View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
My next question is also about public funding. We know that the public funding system that provided subsidies to parties in proportion to the number of votes they had received has been abolished. Do you occasionally conduct studies on the potential cost of reinstituting that public funding system for parties?
View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
I will keep to the issue of public funding for parties. I may then move on to another topic.
We see that the vote tends to be increasingly fragmented. We are currently in a context of a minority government, and the parties are splitting votes quite a bit.
As we know that a candidate must obtain 10% of the vote in their riding to be entitled to a reimbursement, would it be a good idea to carry out a study on voting trends—in order words, on the way the vote manifests and the consequences of that minimum threshold of 10% of votes on the party's funding? Should that be reviewed and those requirements adjusted based on the type of electorate?
View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
I will continue on the same topic.
Correct me if I am wrong, but, to obtain a reimbursement on a national level, a party must have secured at least 5%—it may be 2%, I'm not sure—of votes in all the ridings in which it ran a candidate.
In addition to the vote fragmentation, there seems to be some sort of vote regionalization, where regions like the prairies vote mostly Conservative. In those conditions, it seems to be more difficult for a party to reach that threshold in all ridings in which it runs candidates.
On the one hand, do you believe that could also be subject to review? On the other hand, do you have any figures related to that trend?
View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Perrault.
View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
I have a general question on the possibility for a voter to vote without a piece of identification if someone vouches for them.
Do you have any statistics on that? Our wallets are getting thicker every year, and we have more and more pieces of identification. Do you have any statistics that would help establish a trend in terms of the number of people who use that method to establish their identity?
View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you.
Madam Minister, thank you for joining us today and for making an effort to speak French. We appreciate it.
View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
How much time do I have left, Madam Chair?
View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
I won't use all my speaking time because I want to leave some time for my colleagues.
From what I've read and heard, what caught my attention was the fact that you delivered previous projects on budget. We ask a lot of questions about budget and costs here. However, we were not necessarily convinced that there was a particularly firm budget. Of course that is a bit worrisome.
You said in your presentation that previous construction projects in the parliamentary precinct were delivered on budget. Are we talking about the initial budget or a budget that was subsequently adjusted for some reason?
View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if I understand correctly, there are several possible scenarios.
Will you present all of them and their associated costs to the committee and to Parliament?
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