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View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, frankly, this is ridiculous. During this session of the House of Commons, the NDP has truly displayed its judgment: members who do not pay their taxes and a leader who shirks his responsibility to work with the Charbonneau commission. The leader of the NDP does not obey the rules, even here on the Hill, when he is in his car. It is the NDP that has no respect for the Hill, procedure or the laws of the land.
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Robert Aubin Profile
2013-06-17 14:02 [p.18419]
Mr. Speaker, as the parliamentary session winds down, I would like to thank a few people.
I would like to thank the members of my staff, who fight every day to ensure that our constituents receive their due from the government, a government that too often portrays Canadians as cheats and fraudsters.
I would also like to thank the organizations in Trois-Rivières that work with me. One example is Culture Mauricie, which led the fight against Parks Canada for the Forges du Saint-Maurice and made some progress on that front. I am also working with Proprio-Béton to make the Conservatives understand that they are the only ones taxing people's misery instead of helping them.
I would like to thank all public servants who continue to provide services on par with the best in the world despite the tension and fear overshadowing their working conditions.
I would like to thank everyone who has taken our message about working together to heart. In 2015, let us work together to elect a government with a clean record when it comes to cronyism and scandal, a government dedicated to the best interests of the people, economic growth and sound management: an NDP government.
View Michelle Rempel Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, the privilege of holding this office demands the highest level of personal accountability and dedication. Most of us hold this principle true, because while we may fundamentally differ on ideology, many come here first seeking to build a country that is healthy, prosperous and just.
While there are those who lose sight of this because of the trappings power can afford, I first choose to think of my colleague from the NDP who came back here a month after giving birth, my independent colleague who battled cancer of the lymph nodes, my Liberal colleague who only just left to be with his very expectant wife, and my Conservative colleague who overcomes a severe physical restriction, all these things done to be here in support of our democracy. Then I think of the greatness that is in fact Canada.
To this, and to all of us here, to our families, who shoulder the oft-lonely reality of absence and the sometimes painful nakedness of public life, this role is indeed honourable and it is incumbent on each of us, as well as those who hold the lens through which this role is perceived, to uphold this above all.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2013-06-12 14:29 [p.18172]
Mr. Speaker, when the House rises, the government will have deliberately left crucial questions answered on the $90,000 cheque—
The government will have left unanswered questions on the $90,000 cheque in the—
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2013-06-12 14:29 [p.18172]
Mr. Speaker, the unanswered questions are as follows. What was the secret agreement? Will they release the correspondence? When did the PMO tell Mike Duffy not to co-operate with the Deloitte audit and, most of all, why?
What real reason did Nigel Wright give the Prime Minister for cutting that $90,000 cheque to Mike Duffy?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, of course, I agree with the first half of the first rendition of his question, where he said our government has indeed answered these questions.
What is also important to note is that when the House does rise, our government will be very proud not only of the questions we have answered, but the actions we have delivered for Canadians. Just yesterday, we passed Bill S-2 to provide aboriginal women with equal rights to non-aboriginal women in this country. That was reported equally last week. That is great news for all Canadians. It was reported last week by Statistics Canada that the Canadian economy has created over a million new jobs since the recession.
On all these questions and on all these answers, we are proud to go into summer standing up as—
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2013-06-12 14:30 [p.18172]
Mr. Speaker, there is more spin, bluster and blunder, but not answers. No answers to those or to these.
How could the PMO put out a statement on May 14, about the deal, when on May 15, the Prime Minister still said he did not know about the cheque? Secondly, why did the PM give Nigel Wright his full confidence, instead of firing him on the spot? When will the government release a copy of the cheque? Most of all, why? The excuse of wanting to repay the taxpayers does not jive. What real reason did Nigel Wright give for writing that cheque?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, first of all, the real question is can I have the last 30 seconds of my life back?
The leader of the Liberal Party puts forward a number of questions. Indeed, those questions have been answered by the Prime Minister directly and by me. We have our own questions for the leader of the Liberal Party.
Does he still believe, for example, that Canadians who do not speak both of Canada's official languages are lazy? Does the Liberal Party leader still believe that the Senate should not be reformed because it benefits the province of Quebec? Does the leader of the Liberal Party still believe that it is okay for Liberal Senator Mac Harb to owe $50,000 in payments that he took from taxpayers and be welcomed back as a Liberal member of their caucus?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2013-06-12 14:32 [p.18172]
Mr. Speaker, yet again, we are not getting an answer. The real question remains: why? No one is buying the pitiful excuse from the chief of staff that he wrote a $90,000 cheque to a parliamentarian to supposedly save taxpayers money. There were other ways of doing that.
What real reason did Nigel Wright give the Prime Minister for writing Mike Duffy a cheque for $90,000?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, we have already answered that question very clearly.
There are other very simple questions that we as parliamentarians want answers to.
The House leader of the NDP has put forward a motion.
We are very curious for the leader of the Liberal Party to answer his own questions on his expenses on the taxpayer's dime. Did taxpayers foot the bill for the cost of him travelling to his speaking events and his private speaking business while he was a member of Parliament? Did he bill taxpayers for the cost of his speaking tours while having the worst voting attendance record of any leader in the House?
View Charlie Angus Profile
NDP (ON)
View Charlie Angus Profile
2013-06-12 14:33 [p.18172]
Mr. Speaker, I want to apologize for comments I made yesterday comparing certain Liberal and Conservative senators to Caligula's horse. To be fair, the horse was a resident of Rome.
Yesterday, Bruce Carson showed up. He said he was surprised that the Prime Minister did not know about the cheque. This convicted fraudster swears this payoff would never have happened on his watch. It is pretty bad when even the jailbirds are not buying the story.
Why will the Conservatives not just come clean and show us the cheque?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I have been clear on this, as has the Prime Minister. We do not have access to a personal cheque of Nigel Wright. That is just a simple fact of the matter.
If the member opposite wants to talk about showing us the cheque, could those NDP members of Parliament who are not paying their taxes show taxpayers their cheques?
View Charlie Angus Profile
NDP (ON)
View Charlie Angus Profile
2013-06-12 14:34 [p.18172]
Mr. Speaker, the member has to have a lot of practice for 2015 when he will be asking questions all the time, if he keeps his seat.
The Conservatives cannot get their stories straight. The parliamentary secretary claimed that the secret Conservative Party fund was carefully scrutinized by Elections Canada. This is what he said, “There are absolutely rules.... Elections Canada has very meticulous, very detailed rules.” That is not true. Former Elections Canada head Jean-Pierre Kingsley said there are no rules of any kind.
Why are the Conservatives refusing to turn over the information about what that fund does?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-06-12 14:35 [p.18173]
Mr. Speaker, there is a Conservative Party of Canada fund. It pays for all Conservative Party of Canada expenses. It is filed with Elections Canada every single year and it is also audited annually.
View Chris Charlton Profile
NDP (ON)
View Chris Charlton Profile
2013-06-12 14:35 [p.18173]
Mr. Speaker, the Senate subcommittee that is reviewing expenses has known for a year and a half about problems with Pamela Wallin's travel claims, yet the Conservatives and Liberals ganged up to keep it a secret. Only now is Senator Wallin being fully audited.
If the Senate first learned about these suspicious claims at the end of 2011, when did the Prime Minister or anyone in his office first learn about problems with Senator Wallin's expenses?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, the NDP and we in the Conservative Party agree that there should have been an independent audit of the Senate and that is, in fact, what is happening. The Auditor General is looking into this matter as is the Ethics Commissioner.
On all of these questions of expenses, our government and the senators on the government side in the Senate have put forward 11 measures to ensure that taxpayers' money is protected.
On the questions of Senator Wallin and Senator Duffy, these questions will be answered by an independent process that the opposition called for and that we agreed with and led on.
View Chris Charlton Profile
NDP (ON)
View Chris Charlton Profile
2013-06-12 14:36 [p.18173]
Mr. Speaker, senators knew for a year and a half but no one thought to tell the boss. Seriously?
Senator Tkachuk knew there was an issue with Pamela Wallin's expenses at the end of 2011, but Senator Stewart Olsen knew there was an issue in the fall of 2012. But it took until the spring of 2013 for an audit to finally be conducted.
Senior Conservative senators knew about these problems. Why did they cover them up? Why did they not say anything?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, as I just finished saying, of course we have put in place those measures on expenses that taxpayers have been asking for, and there is an independent audit that is going forward.
I know my colleague opposite shared the sentiment when she mentioned Senator Tkachuk. Nothing has been said about him in this House, but all in this House agree on this important sentiment: we do indeed wish him all the best as he fights cancer, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
View Alexandre Boulerice Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, it is just too little, too late.
Eighteen months ago, Liberal and Conservative senators were informed about Wallin's questionable expenses. The leaders of both caucuses were therefore aware of the expenses, but they chose to cover up the information to protect their cronies.
The Prime Minister had to run off to Europe to tell us that he will not disclose the $90,000 cheque.
The member for Ajax—Pickering also said that it would not be in the public interest to produce it. Their position shows disrespect for Canadians, does not make sense, and only fuels people's doubts.
When will they listen to reason and show us the damn cheque?
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, as I said in both English and French, that is not at all what the Prime Minister said recently in Europe.
He stated very clearly that it was a personal cheque written by Mr. Wright. Those are the facts. We do not have access to personal cheques written by individuals.
With respect to the Auditor General's ongoing action, what Canadian taxpayers deserve are real answers and real action. We took action by introducing 11 measures to protect taxpayers' interests.
View Alexandre Boulerice Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the member stands here in the House contradicting his own Prime Minister, and I am not sure the Prime Minister will appreciate that.
What the Prime Minister said in Europe was that he had decided not to show us the cheque. That means he has access to the cheque and knows where it is.
Once and for all, does the Prime Minister or someone on his staff have a copy of the cheque or not?
View Rob Anders Profile
CPC (AB)
View Rob Anders Profile
2013-06-11 14:13 [p.18082]
Mr. Speaker, after weeks of defending the status quo in the Senate, the Liberal leader is now coming to the defence of Liberal Senator Mac Harb, who even the Toronto Star has called disgraced.
Speaking to Global News recently, the Liberal leader said he would absolutely welcome the senator back to the Liberal caucus.
Senator Mac Harb is refusing to repay more than $50,000 in inappropriately claimed housing allowances and, instead, is trying to stick taxpayers with the bill.
Defending Senator Mac Harb is not the only lapse in judgment on the Liberal leader's part in recent weeks. The Liberal leader continues to allow Liberal Senator Pana Merchant to sit in the Liberal caucus despite uncertainty over the status of a $1.7-million offshore bank account that media have reported she has not declared publicly, as required by Senate rules.
The Liberal leader's defence of Senator Mac Harb and Pana Merchant is just more proof—
View Mark Adler Profile
CPC (ON)
View Mark Adler Profile
2013-06-11 14:15 [p.18083]
Mr. Speaker, this government is proud of its record when it comes to cracking down on tax cheats. However, let me take a moment to point out the NDP's blatant hypocrisy on tax evasion.
This government has introduced 75 measures to improve tax fairness, and the NDP has voted against each and every one of them.
This government recently proposed measures that would give the Canada Revenue Agency unprecedented powers to crack down on tax evaders. The NDP voted against these measures.
When the NDP became the official opposition, NDP members picked an MP with tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes to be their revenue critic.
If that is not enough, they allow the member for Jeanne-Le Ber to continue to sit in their caucus despite hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax debt.
While the NDP supports tax delinquents in its caucus, our government has taken concrete steps to combat tax evasion, both at home and abroad.
View Glenn Thibeault Profile
Ind. (ON)
View Glenn Thibeault Profile
2013-06-11 14:16 [p.18083]
Mr. Speaker, whether it is the SS Duffy sailing the Caribbean claiming per diem amounts or the Liberal leader defending Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau for their “honest mistakes”, whether it is a secret payment to Mike Duffy or the duelling parliamentary secretaries making up contradictory stories about a secret Conservative Party fund controlled out of the PMO, the member from Nepean was flatly denying the very existence of the fund.
However, on CBC, the member from Ajax was singing a different tune. When asked whether there was a special fund controlled by the Prime Minister's chief of staff, the parliamentary secretary replied, “No one is denying that”—no one, that is, except his colleague, the member from Nepean.
Therefore, as we start another question period, I urge my Conservative friends to turn away from the PMO gutter politics, show some contrition and finally answer some questions.
View Ted Opitz Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ted Opitz Profile
2013-06-11 14:17 [p.18083]
Mr. Speaker, the leader of the Liberal Party is in way over his head. While we know that Liberal senator Mac Harb owes taxpayers $50,000 for inappropriately claimed housing expenses, media in fact are now reporting that he will owe taxpayers up to $200,000 in inappropriate expenses.
The Liberal senator is refusing to pay back to taxpayers the money they are owed. How does the Liberal leader respond? He responds by telling Global News that he will absolutely welcome the senator back into the Liberal caucus.
What is worse is that the Liberal leader has come out and championed the status quo in the Senate, because according to him, it benefits his home province of Quebec.
To top it all off, the Liberal leader has known for months about Liberal Senator Pana Merchant and her $1.7-million offshore bank account, which the media are also reporting. The Liberal leader has said nothing.
Does the Liberal leader not understand what meaningful reform in the Senate looks like, or is he just simply in over his head?
View Charlie Angus Profile
NDP (ON)
View Charlie Angus Profile
2013-06-11 14:28 [p.18085]
Mr. Speaker, we are talking about the ethical judgment of the Prime Minister.
This Prime Minister personally appointed Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau, the three most ridiculous Senate appointments since Caligula appointed his horse.
Then his top adviser cut a secret $90,000 cheque to keep Mike Duffy quiet. We are talking about what is going on in the Prime Minister's Office.
We will keep this one simple. Did Nigel Wright, in any shape or form, direct any Conservative Party spending while working in the Prime Minister's Office? It is a simple question.
View James Moore Profile
CPC (BC)
Indeed, Mr. Speaker, that question has, in fact, been answered, but a question that has not been answered, while the member for Timmins—James Bay raises—
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
Hon. James Moore: It was the purpose of his question. He raised the issue of appointments, who makes appointments, and what it says about their judgment. What does it say about the judgment of the NDP leader, who appointed as his revenue critic somebody who owes tens of thousands of dollars in taxes?
View Stella Ambler Profile
CPC (ON)
View Stella Ambler Profile
2013-06-10 14:11 [p.17969]
Mr. Speaker, the leader of the Liberal Party said that he is focused on the middle class, but he has yet to prove this claim. When the leader of the Liberal Party spoke to charities, he pocketed over $1.3 million. When news broke that Liberal Senator Pana Merchant was caught in an offshore tax scandal, making her the beneficiary of a $1.7 million trust, the leader of the Liberals remained quiet. When our Conservative senators introduced 11 new accountability rules to the Senate, the leader of the Liberal Party came out as the champion of the status quo, demanding that the Senate remain unelected and unaccountable because it is “an advantage for Quebec”.
It is clear that the leader of the Liberal Party is not standing up for middle-class Canadians. It is clear that the leader of the Liberal Party lacks judgment. It is clear that the leader of the Liberal Party is simply in over his head.
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
View Nycole Turmel Profile
2013-05-31 11:17 [p.17462]
Mr. Speaker, on Wednesday, the Prime Minister had this to say about the Senate expense scandal and the Mike Duffy affair: “...we all spoke of this as soon as the story was in the news.”
Early media reports did not include information about the $90,000 cheque.
Who in the Prime Minister's Office was responsible for this file?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:17 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has already said that he found out about this after the story broke in the media. He already answered that question very clearly.
However, the NDP leader has not yet answered the real question. He was aware of a bribery attempt. He decided to hide it for 17 years. Had he disclosed the information, corruption that happened in Laval and Montreal could have been avoided.
Why did he not report it?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:18 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, as we have already stated, the Prime Minister found out about it after the media broke the story. The moment he was aware of the payment, he disclosed all of the facts.
The NDP leader, on the other hand, hid the fact that he was offered a bribe. Had he let the authorities know, corruption in Laval and Montreal could have been avoided.
Why did the NDP leader hide it?
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
View Nycole Turmel Profile
2013-05-31 11:19 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, all they are doing is showing that they do not want to answer a simple question about covering up a scandal.
Senator David Tkachuk confirmed that he talked to Nigel Wright and other people in the Prime Minister's Office about the Senate expenses report.
Who were those other people?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:19 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, she says that she still does not understand the answer we have given, but we have given the same answer from the very beginning. The Prime Minister learned of the payment after it was reported in the media. He has been very clear on that ever since.
The NDP leader has not been clear on why he kept secret and covered up an offered bribe. Bribes are crimes. Covering up bribes is a serious ethical breach. Imagine all of the corruption in Montreal and in Laval that we could have avoided if the NDP leader had done the honourable thing and told the police about the crime of which he was aware
View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2013-05-31 11:20 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, on May 17, after learning of the $90,000 payment to Mike Duffy, the Prime Minister spokesperson said:
The prime minister has full confidence in Mr. Wright and Mr. Wright is staying on.
Why did the Prime Minister change his mind?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:21 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Wright has taken sole responsibility for his decision. He offered his resignation to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister accepted it.
By contrast, the leader of the NDP has been aware of two of his senior critics trying to avoid their taxes. One of them is the heritage critic, who attempted to introduce a private member's bill that would absolve him from his tax liability. The other, amazingly, was his revenue critic. That is not the kind of leadership that Canadians expect.
View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2013-05-31 11:21 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, again, no answer.
Yesterday, on CBC's Power & Politics, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment said:
The prime minister himself [came out and] expressed deep regret for appointing Mike Duffy.
However, he has not said so publicly.
Would the government confirm that this is the view of the Prime Minister?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:22 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has been very clear that any expenses that were inappropriate should be repaid.
In fact, he told Mike Duffy that in February.
The Prime Minister said something else. Let me quote:
Anyone who wants to use public office for their own benefit should make other plans, or better yet, leave this room.
View Marc Garneau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, we know that there is documentation related to the Duffy affair because emails are being leaked every day.
Will the government release all the documentation related to Mike Duffy's fundraising activities for the Conservative Party and the public funds used to carry out this ploy?
Canadians are demanding it.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:23 [p.17463]
Mr. Speaker, an independent investigation is under way, and we are going to respect that process.
Meanwhile, a senator is trying to hide $1.7 million in an offshore banking account so that she does not have to pay taxes, yet Canadians have to pay their taxes.
Why has the Liberal leader not contacted this senator to inform her that she has to pay taxes here in Canada?
View Marc Garneau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, after almost two weeks, Conservatives continue to withhold all the documentation related to the PMO ethics scandal. Canadians are not going to believe the government until they see proof. Polls suggest that only 13% of Canadians believe the Prime Minister of Canada is telling the truth on this affair. Will the government release the documents that the Liberals have requested under access to information and do so immediately?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:24 [p.17464]
Mr. Speaker, we will respect the independent examination that the House and Senate ethics officers are undertaking separate from this government.
However, that does not answer the question for the leader of the Liberal Party. He has in his Senate caucus today a senator who is the beneficiary of a tax haven, an off-shore tax account, with $1.7 million contained in it. Canadians are forced to pay their taxes here in our country. They expect the very same thing from Liberal senators. Why will the Liberal leader not make it so?
View Hedy Fry Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Hedy Fry Profile
2013-05-31 11:25 [p.17464]
Mr. Speaker, given all the past cover-ups, Canadians are not ready to give the Prime Minister and his PMO the benefit of the doubt on the Wright-Duffy issue. They want to see all the documents themselves.
Now we learn that the Prime Minister's former director of communications did not pay all of his taxes when he worked there. How is this possible, when PMO staff have taxes deducted at source? Did Mr. Soudas have a side deal, like Mr. Duffy, to get extra income from the Conservative Party? What is going on in the PMO?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:25 [p.17464]
Mr. Speaker, clearly, the Liberals are attempting to divert attention from the reality that they have in their Senate caucus a member who is a beneficiary on a $1.7 million off-shore account, an account that was never reported and was kept entirely secret. The Liberal leader has known about this for over a month. He has done absolutely nothing. Why does he not stand up and show some leadership and demand accountability from his senator?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:26 [p.17464]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has already answered the question, and Mr. Wright has answered very clearly that he takes sole personal responsibility for his decision. He offered his resignation, which has been accepted.
By contrast, on the other side, the NDP leader kept secret an offered bribe. Bribes are criminal offences. He kept a criminal offence secret for 17 years. Imagine how we could have avoided the corruption in Laval and Montreal, if he had the ability to speak out about what he knew?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I have two simple questions.
On what basis did the Prime Minister assume that Mike Duffy had even agreed to repay his expenses? Who informed the Prime Minister of that?
These are straightforward questions, and they deserve a straightforward answer.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:27 [p.17464]
Mr. Speaker, the answer is simple.
The Prime Minister has always said that all inappropriate expenses would have to be repaid. He said that to Mr. Duffy directly in February, and he has been saying it openly and publicly throughout Canada for a long time. That is the position that we took and that we will continue to take.
View Alexandrine Latendresse Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport stated that Nigel Wright issued the cheque because, and I quote, "we didn't believe taxpayers should have to pay the cost and Mr. Duffy was not in a position to pay them himself”.
Who does he mean by “we”?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:29 [p.17464]
Mr. Speaker, we all believe that any inappropriate expenses should be reimbursed. All Canadians believe it, our caucus believes it, everyone believes it. I hope the New Democrats believe it as well.
View Jean Crowder Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jean Crowder Profile
2013-05-31 11:29 [p.17464]
Mr. Speaker, we know that the Prime Minister's Office was informed of the $90,000 cheque on May 14. So who in the Prime Minister's Office was told on May 14, and why does the Prime Minister say he was not informed?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:29 [p.17465]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister became informed after the matter was in the media, and he took action accordingly.
Now the question is how can we work to reform the Senate to ensure this never happens again.
We have put forward 11 tough new rules to require accountability in the Senate, we have introduced 7 bills to reform the Senate to make it elected and we have said that if the Senate will not be reformed then it should be eliminated.
View Jean Crowder Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jean Crowder Profile
2013-05-31 11:30 [p.17465]
Mr. Speaker, simple questions demand simple answers and we simply do not get them.
Of the 15 senators who spent the most on travel during the reporting quarter for the last election, 10 are Liberal and 5 are Conservative. Does the government believe it was right for its senators to be receiving salary and expenses from public funds while campaigning for the Conservative Party during the last election?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:30 [p.17465]
Mr. Speaker, any and all expenses for the Conservative Party of Canada during a campaign have been paid by the party and reported accordingly to Elections Canada. That is how the rules work, and we follow all of those rules.
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
View Dennis Bevington Profile
2013-05-31 11:31 [p.17465]
Mr. Speaker, then Conservative Senator Mike Duffy campaigned in the Northwest Territories during the last election and was double- or triple-dipping on expenses.
Why did the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages say yesterday that the Conservative Party campaign was financed by Conservative funds, when that is clearly not true?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2013-05-31 11:31 [p.17465]
Mr. Speaker, the reason the minister said that is because it is true. The Conservative Party pays all of its campaign funds out of party funds, and we report those accordingly to Elections Canada.
View Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives keep saying that Nigel Wright's payment to Mike Duffy is above board because, when he was working for the Prime Minister and his salary came out of the taxpayers' pockets, Mr. Wright gave a personal gift to pay off Mr. Duffy's fraud.
Do the Conservatives think that this payment to Mike Duffy was legal?
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