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View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
Okay.
Before I ask my next question, I want to move a notice of motion:
That the Committee undertake a study to determine the level of political interference that forced the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould to resign as the Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs and that the study be composed of no fewer than three meetings.
I'll share that with the clerk for distribution.
It was reported in the news that National Defence spent about $161,000 on travel photographers from the armed forces to take pictures of the minister. In vote 1—I suspect in operations—how much is budgeted this year for the minister's vanity project?
Jody Thomas
View Jody Thomas Profile
Jody Thomas
2019-02-28 17:22
That money comes from CAF operations and it's allocated. We have combat camera photographers who are sent on various missions. There's no specific budget for the minister.
View Glen Motz Profile
CPC (AB)
So you're not going to answer the question. Let me ask it a different way.
Bill C-59 requires you, as the Minister of Defence, to consult with Foreign Affairs on anything related to CSIS or CSE.
View Glen Motz Profile
CPC (AB)
Bill C-59 requires you, as the Minister of Defence, to have interactions and contact with Foreign Affairs on CSIS matters and CSE matters. Given the fact that the national security adviser was asked by the PMO to brief the press, I'm wondering whether you were consulted on that. If you were not, should we write into this bill that the national security adviser should not brief the press until he has first consulted you?
View Glen Motz Profile
CPC (AB)
Again, I'm going to ask the same question because, respectfully, Mr. Chair, this is related to Bill C-59.
It's related to your role as Minister of Defence and your role within Bill C-59. It has to do with Foreign Affairs. Given the fact that we have seen the national security adviser brief the press before he briefs you—and I take it by your non-answer that you were not consulted before he briefed the press—I'm wondering whether there should be some amendments to this legislation—because it doesn't provide us any direction on who the national security adviser should talk to or who he should consult before he does brief the press—to ensure that doesn't happen in the future.
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
If we're talking about the abilities then, is there anywhere in the National Defence Act, in comparison to what we're doing here with Bill C-59, that the defence minister has to ask permission of any other minister, and the foreign affairs minister specifically, to carry out any operations?
That's kind of a yes or no. Is there anywhere in the Defence Act that says you need the permission of the foreign affairs minister to conduct any operations?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
To your knowledge, is there any place in the Defence Act where it's legislated that you would need to consult or need the permission of another of your colleagues in order to carry out any lawful duties within the Defence Act?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
That's just the MO of how business is operated. When we go to Bill C-59, part 3 says that you must consult with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
My question to you is, has the Minister of Defence's role been diminished to being a junior minister to the Minister of Foreign Affairs? If so, why would we want to set that precedent?
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
In your opinion, the Minister of National Defence must remain the minister responsible for your agency, even though Bill C-59 involves some kind of integration that suggests that the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness could play a greater role.
As I understand it, you believe that the Minister of National Defence is the one who should take responsibility for the CSE. Is that correct?
Greta Bossenmaier
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Greta Bossenmaier
2018-03-22 12:35
For Bill C-59 and the CSE act in particular, CSE is responsible to the Minister of National Defence.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I appreciate the opportunity. I don't intend to talk out the clock or anything like that. I'll just move the motions and have a bit of debate on them.
The first motion I want to put on the table reads:
That the committee invite the Minister of National Defence to appear before the committee in order to update Canadians on the current status of Operation IMPACT and elaborate further on his comments regarding the future of Operation IMPACT and the supplying of weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga; and that a meeting to this effect take place within 30 days from adoption of this motion and that this meeting be televised.
To speak to that, it's been some time since we've had any briefings as a committee on what we're doing with Operation Impact. Of course, that has changed significantly with the turmoil in the Kurdistan regional area, with Iraqi security forces moving into Kirkuk and other communities. The minister was referring to a remake of Operation Impact going forward because of that instability, and as we know, weapons that were supposed to be provided to the Kurdish peshmerga, bought by the Government of Canada, are sitting in storage in Montreal.
I think we should get an update on what's happening, what's going to happen with those weapons, and how we will support the Kurdistan regional government and the peshmerga going forward. I think we need to have that detail and have the minister here, along with department officials, to give us a thorough briefing. I think it's been close to 12 months since the last time we had any discussions on Operation Impact at this level.
View Randall Garrison Profile
NDP (BC)
Thanks very much, Mr. Chair.
I thank Mr. Bezan for moving this motion.
I have concerns about the pacing of work in this committee and the finishing of reports. Generally I would say that something that says “within 30 days” I would probably oppose. However, in order to be consistent, I have a motion that I'm going to bring forward regarding the Phoenix pay system. It's asking the minister to come and talk about its effects on operations in DND. It's in translation right now, and since it has the phrase “within 30 days” in it, I'm going to be forced to support this motion.
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