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View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
I have a point of order, Madam Chair.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
I just wonder if there might be agreement for the rest of the clauses, instead of recorded divisions—just to test the will of the committee—if we might adopt them on division. If somebody isn't enthusiastically supportive, maybe we could just do them on division.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Or at least one by one—if you want to go through them one by one—rather than recorded divisions, just on division if somebody objects....
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
There were certainly a lot of allegations made at the time of the protests that have since been debunked. A lot of inflammatory language used by certain politicians and the corporate media to try to characterize these protests into something that they weren't, and a lot of those types of allegations have also been debunked.
Many politicians and many media observers used the term “occupation”, in that Parliament Hill was occupied or that the protesters were occupying the precinct or parts of Ottawa.
I just wanted to clarify that, because that's a particularly precise word with a lot of meaning behind it.
Monsieur Duheme, are you aware of any parliamentary buildings that were occupied by protesters?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
To Chief Bell, are you aware of any buildings near the parliamentary precinct that were occupied, where protesters entered buildings and occupied them?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
It's also important to use precise language, because the parliamentary precinct is very specifically defined and the word “occupation” means something very specific.
I have one more question on this line, Mr. Duheme. Were you aware or did anybody in the Parliamentary Protective Service give you any indication that protesters were preventing access to any of the parliamentary buildings during the protest?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
No buildings were occupied and nobody was prevented from entering any buildings on Parliament Hill. Thank you for that.
Chief Bell, there were reports.... A number of security concerns that were raised during the protests arose from the number of trucks that were allowed to park outside this building on Wellington Street in front of West Block. Did the Ottawa Police Service receive any requests from the Sergeant-at-Arms or the Parliamentary Protective Service before the convoy arrived to prevent parking on Wellington Street? Was there ever a specific request from the PPS to prevent trucks from parking right on Wellington Street?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay.
Many of the streets that were blocked during the protests were blocked by police vehicles. Is that true that many of the streets in downtown were blocked by the Ottawa police?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
The trucks themselves were parked on several streets, but not on others. Were there any negotiations between the organizers of the protest and the Ottawa police as to where the trucks would be allowed to park and requests made to keep certain streets open? Was there that type of conversation going back and forth?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
I'm sorry. I only have about 30 seconds left. I would like to get a yes or no answer.
Were there conversations, negotiations or discussions about where the protesters would be allowed to park their trucks? Please answer yes or no.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
I have one final question.
Did the Ottawa police make a request to the federal government to invoke the Emergencies Act? Please answer yes or no.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Madam Chair. I will be splitting my time with Ms. Block, if that's all right with everyone.
I have a series of very short yes-or-no questions to Minister Mendicino, through you, Madam Chair.
Did the Ottawa Police Service request the federal government to invoke the Emergencies Act?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Is that a yes or a no? Did the Ottawa Police Service request that the Emergencies Act be invoked?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Which police service during the protest made the request?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Surely, the minister should be able to tell us which law enforcement agency requested the invocation of the Emergencies Act.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Madam Chair, could I respond to the point of order without taking up my time on the questioning?
If the members of the Liberal Party don't like the line of questioning, they're free to pursue a different line. We're talking about expanding the jurisdiction of the parliamentary police service in response to a series of events during which the federal government used the Emergencies Act.
I'm trying to understand which of the police entities around Parliament Hill made that request. I think it is absolutely relevant when we're discussing and contemplating expanding the jurisdiction of the parliamentary police service.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Are you complaining about assigning motive, Mr. Gerretsen?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
I appreciate that, Madam Chair.
I will point out that although my questions were responded to, I haven't received an answer.
There are several police institutions responsible for the area around Parliament Hill. I'm trying to find out which one of them made the request for the Emergencies Act to be used. That is a question that the ministers should be able to answer.
Mr. Mendicino has made statements about having consulted, so I'd like a simple answer to a simple question. Which police agency asked for the Emergencies Act?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Before passing over my time to Mrs. Block, I'll read, for the committee, Commissioner Lucki's testimony. She stated, “No, there was never a question of requesting the Emergencies Act.”
It's very telling that the Liberals got very squirrelly when I asked this line of questioning. The RCMP have denied asking for the emergency measures act. Mr. Mendicino can't name which agency. I think that's very telling.
With that, I will pass my time over to Mrs. Block.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I'm surprised you missed your opportunity to cut off the Speaker.
Voices: Oh, oh!
Hon. Andrew Scheer: That would have been amazing for an MP to tell the Speaker that he had run out of time, but I understand why you did not.
Thanks very much, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for joining us today.
I would like to clarify something you said. I think you said 12% of the increase was related to inflation.
Was that correct?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay.
Do you have a dollar amount of how much the inflation the government is causing is affecting the line item for the Parliamentary Protective Service?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay.
All in all, in the last few years we've seen some pretty big increases to the House of Commons' overall spending. The House grew by 10% after the 2015 election, but in some years since we have had 17% or 19% increases. In 2019-20, we had a 19.4% increase. In 2020-21, we had 23.6%, and now, again, another big increase.
What are some of the reasons for these big increases in spending above inflation and above the growth of the House of Commons' membership?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
One of the challenges we've had with the pandemic and the restrictions that have been brought in with it is that all members have experienced the strain that's been put on House resources, such as accommodating various committees in a hybrid format, and challenges with technology and with translation especially.
We have been told over the past few years that when there is something extra, sometimes committee have to get cancelled because there's a complete lack of resources. Now we're facing a situation in the coming weeks, if the House passes the Liberal motion, in which we're going to be sitting until midnight regularly until the end of the session.
What impact do you think this is going to have on the ability of the committees to do their work if they've already been strained and now more resources are going to have to be diverted to the late night House sittings?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
When the House had midnight sittings last spring, we understand that there were about eight committee meetings per week that were cancelled.
Is that about what we could expect? Has the House ramped up in anticipation of this?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
So there is one parliamentary envelope or pool for interpretation that the Senate and the House both draw from?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
The House doesn't have its own pool?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
I see. Where does Parliament fit in the pecking order?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay. I just wanted to make sure of that.
I'm sorry to loop back to the increase, but can you just repeat what the overall increase is? Is the 3.5% the only increase this year over last year?
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