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View Marlene Jennings Profile
Lib. (QC)
I would just say that the briefing notes prepared by Michel Bédard were excellent, and with the statement Ms. Dawson has just given they have answered all of my questions.
Thank you.
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I have a question of interpretation. I want some information from the clerk. The fact that Mr. Lukiwski reported that Mr. Reid, who has been chairing the subcommittee, thinks that the forms are A-1 is one point. However, that particular subcommittee did not report back to the committee before the dissolution of the 39th Parliament. So where does this leave us standing? Do we have to get a report from a new subcommittee that would exist to our committee so that we could then present it to the House and afterwards confirm with Ms. Dawson that everything is A-1?
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
Yes, because it's unfortunate--
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
Yes, because it's unfortunate that Mr. Reid.... I'm not putting blame on Mr. Reid, but I'm saying that it's unfortunate. He was chairing that subcommittee, and, as Mr. Lukiwski was saying, he is the last on this particular committee. It's unfortunate that we could not benefit from his advice or his comments.
I appreciate the fact that he says they were A-1, but knowing Mr. Reid, I'm sure he's got some--
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
I didn't say that, Mr. Chair. Don't say that. You might want to say that, but I didn't. I respect Mr. Reid. He's an honourable member of Parliament.
It leaves us in sort of a bind.
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
We can decide on that.
Good day and welcome to the committee, Ms. Dawson. I would also like to welcome your colleagues.
Our researchers have drawn up a fairly comprehensive report. According to this report, you are in the process of drafting guidelines on gifts.
It says you are developing guidelines on gifts and other benefits. Is there any possibility that you could hand them out in point form? Perhaps they are already in the binder, which I glanced through. Did you intend to give us, on a point-form basis, some guidelines that you wanted to discuss?
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
You are absolutely right in the sense that today is not the best of days to ask members of Parliament to discuss or concentrate attentively on these discussions.
Okay, thank you, Mr. Chair.
Merci, Madame.
View Rodger Cuzner Profile
Lib. (NS)
Regarding the request, was it the committee in action or the committee inaction? I don't mean to split hairs, but it was the interpretation.
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mrs. Dawson, I have a couple of questions that could very directly affect members of Parliament.
Can you comment on the ethics of offering members of Parliament incentives to switch sides, to switch from one party to another, particularly during a political crisis, but anytime, especially when those incentives are as large or as important as cabinet positions or Senate seats?
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
No, no, in general.
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
I know that the line is very thin, but are there any limitations as to what can be offered by a prime minister or by his office or by his party in return for support from members? For example, would you tell me that half a dozen roses would be acceptable whereas a dozen would not be?
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
There you go. Are there quantities on okay?
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
What about if it's half a dozen roses every hour of every day of every week?
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
So you can't or you don't want to answer my question.
My next point was going to be that there are sanctions under the Criminal Code if the proof is done, etc. Do you think that there should be other sanctions, particularly strictly to members of Parliament or members of a political party, or do you find that the Criminal Code is sufficient?
View Marcel Proulx Profile
Lib. (QC)
My last question, Mr. Chair, if you will allow me....
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