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View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, gentlemen, for joining us.
I have to say, General Lawson, that you should get the medal for bravery for showing up today, after yesterday's incidents in the media.
But I do want to follow up on that, General, because we had a statement from Madam Justice Deschamps in her report, which I will read to you. The report says that the military is rife with discrimination, and abuse towards women starts from their first days in uniform while commanders write it off as part of life in the armed forces. Her conclusion is that “there is an undeniable problem of sexual harassment and sexual assault” in the Canadian Armed Forces, “which requires direct and sustained action”.
Do you agree with that statement in light of your comments last night, and in light of the fact that your own internal report, completed about a year ago, said there was nothing wrong with the policies and procedures in the Canadian Armed Forces?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
General, with regard to your statement last night, I don't know if what you issued would be characterized as an apology, although it has been called that. You recognized that it was an awkward statement, but the suggestion that the problem of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the army is something of a biological imperative, that men can't help themselves, seems to be archaic, at best.
Would you not agree that this kind of attitude, if it were pervasive in the military—particularly at the senior command level, like yourself—would in fact contribute to that problem, or even covertly excuse it?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Mr. Kenney, in light of the report of Madam Deschamps and certainly the comments, even though he is taking them back today and apologizing for them, many Canadians feel that the military cannot solve its own problem. It seems to be that you, in your department, and your government, are implicitly taking the attitude that this is the military's problem, and that the military can go ahead and solve it.
Are you and your government prepared to take responsibility to ensure that women or the LGBT individuals who have also been identified and who joined the military are going to be safeguarded, safe, and in a safe place if they join the military? Are you going to take responsibility for that and are you and your government going to follow up on an ongoing basis to ensure that this is happening?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
That's a commitment I will assure you that this side of the House and many Canadians will want to follow up on, on a regular basis.
If I may, I will move to a couple of incidents and one recent one in particular. Who gave the authorization to risk the Canadian Forces members, officials, and the Prime Minister himself to go to the front lines of the activity and mission in Iraq, where the Prime Minister had said that Canadian Forces members would not be, for the sake of a photo op with no operational or public purposes, a stunt for publicity purposes?
Was that authorized by you, Minister Kenney, or by you, General Lawson? It seems to me that the additional special forces people who were brought there, as well as the officials who were there, along with the Prime Minister himself, would have been placed in a dangerous situation on the front lines where we know there have been incidents of return fire and fire. That seems to me to be reckless. It seems to have been done solely for the purpose of a photo op.
Why would you, Minister, or you, General Lawson, authorize that or did the authorization come from somewhere else?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
In light of the previous questioner, who asked a short question and got a long question and a long answer—
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Mr. Chairman, thank you.
I'll just read some headlines: “Canada and the West losing war against ISIS”, “ISIS poses bigger threat after nearly a year of coalition bombing”, and “Islamist group is now a more immediate risk to more people, larger centres than ever”.
Does Canada have any independent strategy in terms of understanding what's happening on the ground in Iraq with the three separate forces at work—the Shiites, the Sunni, and the Kurds—without any diplomatic presence other than one liaison officer in Iraq, in Bagdad, and nothing in Syria and nothing in Iran? Do we have an independent strategy? Are we just tagging along?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Would there be time for one quick question to the minister, Mr. Chair, asking for a timeline on the implementation of the Deschamps report?
View Ryan Cleary Profile
NDP (NL)
Mr. Zealand, my name is Ryan Cleary. I'm one of seven members of Parliament from Newfoundland and Labrador.
There were a couple of things you talked about I'd like you to elaborate on. You mentioned stocked lakes. In terms of stocking lakes in the Yukon, how much of that is done, how many lakes? Who looks after that? Who's in charge?
View Ryan Cleary Profile
NDP (NL)
What is the budget for stocking those lakes? Which entity looks after the stocking? What are they stocked with?
View Ryan Cleary Profile
NDP (NL)
The reason I ask questions about stocking and it always peaks my interest is because we don't stock our ponds and lakes in Newfoundland and Labrador. I've always wondered why we don't do that.
With regard to the health of the different stocks, how is the health? Because of stocking, are the fish plentiful?
View Ryan Cleary Profile
NDP (NL)
Wow.
Who looks after the enforcement? First, is there a licence system? Do you have to get a licence to go out and get a trout or to fish at all? Who looks after the enforcement?
View Ryan Cleary Profile
NDP (NL)
Is poaching a problem at all, or illegal retention of fish? Is that a problem?
View Ryan Cleary Profile
NDP (NL)
If you look at the stocked lakes versus the lakes or ponds—we call them ponds back home—are the water bodies that aren't stocked healthy as well?
View Ryan Cleary Profile
NDP (NL)
The water is cold. Is that why the fish are slow-growing, obviously?
View Ryan Cleary Profile
NDP (NL)
If I lived in the Yukon and I wanted to go fishing—and I would dearly love to catch one of those eight-pound lake trout—would I go to a stocked lake or would I go to one of your natural lakes?
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