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View Seamus O'Regan Profile
Lib. (NL)
moved that Bill C-88, An Act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the third time and passed.
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2018-12-03 12:03 [p.24295]
moved that Bill C-88, An Act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the second time and referred to a committee.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2018-10-29 14:48 [p.22937]
Mr. Speaker, on November 19, 2015, just days after the Liberal cabinet was sworn in, they tried to stop the contract for the Davie shipyard. Media reports have told us that the President of the Treasury Board and the Minister of Environment were involved in that decision. My question today: Was the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade involved in cabinet discussions related to shipbuilding?
View Ralph Goodale Profile
Lib. (SK)
View Ralph Goodale Profile
2018-10-29 14:48 [p.22937]
Mr. Speaker, once again, the hon. gentleman is pursuing a line of questioning which, according to the rules of the House, is inappropriate. One of the reasons for that is that criminal prosecutions in this country are handled completely independently of government. They are in the hands of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and indeed that service was created in 2006 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to ensure independence and impartiality.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2018-10-29 14:49 [p.22937]
Mr. Speaker, the minister does not seem to confirm or deny my question in the line of questioning on whether the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade was involved in shipyard decisions.
What is interesting is that a few months later, in January 2016, the minister signed a conflict of interest screen related to the Irving shipbuilding affair. That leads me to this question. Was the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade involved in discussions related to Irving shipbuilding just ahead of the imposition of his conflict of interest screen?
View Ralph Goodale Profile
Lib. (SK)
View Ralph Goodale Profile
2018-10-29 14:49 [p.22938]
Mr. Speaker, in this line of questioning over the last number of days and weeks, the official opposition has tried to meander around a lot of indirect insinuations and accusations. That is the very reason why Peter Van Loan said in the House, “It is deemed improper for a Member, in posing a question, or a Minister in responding to a question, to comment on any matter that is sub judice.”
The point is to protect the independence of the courts and to avoid these drive-by smears.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-09-21 11:51 [p.21657]
Mr. Speaker, the former minister of fisheries seems to take his ministerial responsibilities lightly when he is involved in a conflict of interest. He should have done the honourable thing and recused himself from decisions about awarding fishing licences.
The minister cannot claim ignorance of the acts and regulations. No one is above the law or the rules established by the ethics commissioner.
When will there be real consequences for the Liberals' total lack of ethics?
View Yvonne Jones Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Yvonne Jones Profile
2018-09-21 11:52 [p.21657]
Mr. Speaker, I think my hon. colleague already knows that the commissioner's report said that no benefit or preferential treatment was given.
We will definitely not take lessons on ethics from the Conservatives opposite. We all remember the issues around Dean Del Mastro and the situation in that regard. However, I want my colleagues to take a good look at the Conservatives' former minister of public works who was found guilty of giving preferential treatment when he was in a cabinet position to advance his own friend's private sector business. We do not need to take lessons in ethics from anyone across the way.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-09-21 11:53 [p.21657]
Mr. Speaker, let me correct the record, because the Ethics Commissioner actually found the former minister of fisheries guilty of providing a contract that would benefit his family.
I can understand if my hon. colleagues have been put up to talk on this and haven't read the report, but they are continuing to absolutely deceive Canadians. Why do the minister and his colleagues continue to deceive Canadians?
View Yvonne Jones Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Yvonne Jones Profile
2018-09-21 11:54 [p.21657]
Mr. Speaker, I have to reiterate that, first of all, we have all looked at this report thoroughly because as hon. members of the House, we always want to do what is right. We always want to make the right decision.
The commissioner has looked in detail into this particular situation and the report is very clear that no preferential treatment was given in this particular case. I want to make sure that the member understands that fully and that the process undertaken by the Ethics Commissioner was a full and thorough one.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-09-20 14:38 [p.21609]
Mr. Speaker, earlier this week the former fisheries minister stood in this House and completely deceived Canadians, and through his inaction, the Prime Minister is complicit in this deception. The minister has said that there was no financial gain to his family, yet the Ethics Commissioner found that the minister's “decision provided an opportunity to further the private interest of Mr. Thériault”, the minister's family. The commissioner added that his “compensation by the company depended on it being granted the licence.”
Why does the Prime Minister sit silent and allow his minister to mislead Canadians?
View Diane Lebouthillier Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the commissioner's report states there was no preferential treatment given. We cannot say the same about the conduct of the member for Haldimand—Norfolk who, when in cabinet, gave preferential treatment by funding a project connected with the Conservative Party after her own department had ruled it was ineligible for federal funding.
The Conservatives are in no position to lecture our government.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-09-20 14:40 [p.21609]
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Fisheries was caught red-handed but is acting as though nothing happened. The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner is saying that the minister is completely at fault, but he does not seem worried. No one is above the law or the rules established by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.
When will there be real consequences for the Liberals' total lack of ethics?
View Diane Lebouthillier Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, as the commissioner indicated in his report, no preferential treatment was given in this case. However, since the Conservatives have a short memory, I will remind my colleague opposite that Prime Minister Harper's chief of staff was found guilty by the commissioner after writing a personal cheque for $90,000 to a senator to try to hide their corruption.
Our government does not need any lectures from the members opposite.
View Lisa Raitt Profile
CPC (ON)
View Lisa Raitt Profile
2018-09-19 14:29 [p.21528]
Mr. Speaker, on May 3, 2010, the following was said in the House:
...providing opportunities for buddies to further their private interests and giving preferential treatment to people based on the buddies who represent them, is illegal regardless of whether or not money changed hands.
The member demanded to know what the consequences were for this activity. I wonder who said that. Ironically, the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade said that.
I would like to know this from the Prime Minister. Does he agree with the 2010 opposition member for Beausejour that the current member for Beausejour should be sanctioned.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2018-09-19 14:30 [p.21528]
Mr. Speaker, Canadians know that we have a strong system and a commissioner who oversees on ethics and conflict of interest to ensure that all Canadians can have confidence in public office-holders and indeed every member of Parliament.
We ensure that we work with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, that we follow the rules and that we make amends whenever the commissioner brings forward concerns. That is what we will continue to do.
We thank the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner for his hard work.
View Lisa Raitt Profile
CPC (ON)
View Lisa Raitt Profile
2018-09-19 14:30 [p.21528]
Mr. Speaker, I am very glad the Prime Minister mentioned the Ethics Commissioner, because he said this last week:
I would really like to have the power to express a point of view as [to] the gravity of the contravention when we find a contravention, [and] what kind of sanctions should be taken.
It’s important to know that there will be consequences if you don’t respect something.
The Prime Minister has said that the Liberals will move forward in the ways the Ethics Commissioner recommends. I see what the Ethics Commissioner is recommending. Will the Prime Minister take the Ethics Commissioner's clear recommendation and determine sanctions against the minister?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2018-09-19 14:31 [p.21528]
Mr. Speaker, Canada has among the strongest ethics rules in the world as it applies to members of Parliament, and we are always looking forward to doing more. We know that the trust people have in our institutions and government is the foundation of democracy, one that is shaky in some places in the world, not one that is shaky in Canada. However, we are always willing to do more.
We look forward to working with all parties in the House to look at how we can continue to bolster the confidence of Canadians in the excellence of these institutions we serve.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-09-18 14:57 [p.21494]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has a serious ethics problem. He is the first prime minister in the history of our country to be found guilty of breaking ethics laws. His Minister of Finance is guilty of breaking ethics laws. Now, during his summer of failure, his most trusted cabinet minister and his close childhood friend was also found guilty of breaking ethics laws. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.
Will the Prime Minister finally act and fire his close friend or does he truly believe his friends and all Liberals are above the law?
View Michelle Rempel Profile
CPC (AB)
View Michelle Rempel Profile
2018-09-17 14:45 [p.21394]
Mr. Speaker, the minister has talked about the hundreds of millions of dollars the government has spent on illegal border crossers, yet from January to August in 2017 the numbers were 13,221; while from January to August of this year, it was 14,125. The problem is getting worse.
There is only one way this is going to get solved, and that is by closing the loophole in the safe third country agreement.
Has the minister done anything of import, such as asking the Americans to close the loophole in this agreement?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-09-17 14:57 [p.21396]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's summer of failure included his close childhood friend and most trusted minister being found guilty of breaking ethics laws. The Prime Minister stood in the House time and again telling Canadians how proud he was of his friend's decision to award a lucrative contract to close Liberal friends and his own family.
Now that the Ethics Commissioner has found his good friend guilty, will the Prime Minister continue to turn a blind eye or will he set aside friendship, do the right thing, and fire his morally challenged friend?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-06-11 15:04 [p.20607]
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Fisheries is under federal investigation for awarding a lucrative surf clam quota to his Liberal friends and family. His shady conduct has ensured that clam harvesting will not even happen this year, because the company he personally selected cannot even buy a boat. Meanwhile, the hard-working people of Grand Bank are losing their jobs because this minister wanted to make a few bucks for his friends.
Will the Prime Minister put an end to clam scam once and for all, and stand up for the people of Grand Bank?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-06-06 15:07 [p.20354]
Mr. Speaker, responding to questions about the fisheries minister's surf clam decision, the minister's most senior official confirmed that the Liberal-connected Five Nations had the lowest participation of first nations out of all the applicants. She also confirmed that she had no knowledge of the minister's family connection to the unincorporated entity. She confirmed multiple times that this was the minister's sole, personal decision.
When did the minister become aware of the minister's family connections, and when did he know that Five Nations had the least amount of indigenous participation?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2018-06-06 15:07 [p.20354]
Mr. Speaker, our decision to introduce indigenous participation is consistent with our commitment to developing a renewed relationship between Canada and indigenous peoples. Enhancing access to the Arctic surf clam fishery broadens the distribution of benefits from this public resource, and it is a powerful step toward reconciliation. When the Conservatives went through a similar process to increase access to this fishery, they chose to exclude indigenous peoples.
Of course, the member will continue to work with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and follow his advice.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-06-06 15:23 [p.20357]
Mr. Speaker, in a moment I will be asking for unanimous consent. There has been a considerable amount of misinformation on that side of the House in regard to the minister's decision to award the lucrative surf clam contract to his colleague's brother and those with close family ties to the Liberal Party of Canada.
The minister, along with the Prime Minister, have repeatedly said this was about reconciliation, and they have misrepresented the previous government's commitment to the indigenous participation with this fishery.
Yesterday at committee the minister's most senior staff acknowledged the commitment of the previous government to aboriginal participation in this fishery. In order to clear up the government's inaccurate misrepresentation once and for all, I would like to seek unanimous consent to table the Government of Canada 2015 news release, which states:
With this increase in TAC, the Integrated Fisheries Management Plan provision for new entrants has been triggered and, as such, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is commencing a process to introduce a new entrant or new entrants to the fishery. This process includes consultation with the current licence holder, industry and First Nations and will conclude in the coming weeks.
View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2018-06-06 15:24 [p.20357]
Does the hon. member for Cariboo—Prince George have the unanimous consent of the House to table the document?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Some hon. members: No.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-06-06 15:25 [p.20358]
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. In a moment I will once again be seeking unanimous support. Unfortunately, it seems the government continues to suppress the facts in the surf clam case. I would like to seek unanimous consent to table the Federal Court documents pertaining to the current case against the government in regard to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard awarding a lucrative surf clam contract to his colleague's brother and his wife's cousin. These documents—
View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2018-06-06 15:26 [p.20358]
Does the hon. member for Cariboo—Prince George have the unanimous consent of the House to table this document?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Some hon. members: No.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-06-05 14:56 [p.20264]
Mr. Speaker, in December the minister received a memorandum from his department assessing the nine surf clam proposals. This morning his deputy minister confirmed that the winning bid had the lowest level of first nations participation. Of course, we know the application did have the highest level of Liberal participation.
The minister has stood repeatedly in this House and said that his decision was all about reconciliation. Can the minister explain how choosing an application with the lowest level of first nations participation has anything to do with reconciliation?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
View Todd Doherty Profile
2018-06-04 14:57 [p.20132]
Mr. Speaker, from the very beginning, the minister has prioritized his Liberal family and friends over the hard-working, good people of Grand Bank. He compromised a 25-year surf clam success story for partisan gain. In the words of the Fisheries Council of Canada, he has undermined Canada's fisheries sector. With all the controversy, it now appears the minister has been informed that Five Nations cannot even secure financing.
When will the minister admit he has created a disaster, start a new, fair, and open and transparent process, and recuse himself from the file?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-06-04 14:58 [p.20132]
Mr. Speaker, as I have risen to state in the House many times, many of these allegations are unsubstantiated. Our government believes that increasing indigenous participation in offshore fisheries offers a powerful opportunity to advance reconciliation. That is why we created a process that we are proud of to consult industry and indigenous communities on potential participation in the surf clam fishery.
This process was similar to the one undertaken by the previous Conservative government, except they forgot to include indigenous people. We did not forget. We are focused on how this is benefiting the highest number of Atlantic Canadians and first nations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
View Mel Arnold Profile
CPC (BC)
View Mel Arnold Profile
2018-05-31 14:51 [p.19988]
Mr. Speaker, here are the facts. The Liberals expropriated 25% of a fishing quota from a company and gave it to the brother of a Liberal MP and a former Liberal MP. They claimed it was for reconciliation, but now they are being sued by a first nation.
The company they awarded the quota to does not even have a boat, so it will not be able to harvest the expropriated quota. Therefore, there is no reconciliation, no harvesting, no jobs.
Will the Prime Minister do the right thing and reverse this unethical expropriation?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-05-31 14:51 [p.19988]
Mr. Speaker, our decision to introduce indigenous participation is consistent with our government's commitment to develop renewed relationships in Canada with indigenous peoples. The minister made this decision to allow for an increase in indigenous participation in the fishery, and we reject any claim to the contrary in the strongest terms.
Our government is proud of this decision and will continue to focus on how it will directly benefit the people of Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
View Mel Arnold Profile
CPC (BC)
View Mel Arnold Profile
2018-05-31 14:52 [p.19988]
Mr. Speaker, contrary to Liberal claims, our Conservative government initiated a process to include first nations, and I can send that press release to the member if he wishes. It would increase the total allowable catch, allowing new entrants, without stealing it away from another existing holder.
The minister has made such a botchery and ethical mess of this deal and put at risk the people and jobs in Grand Bank, Newfoundland.
Could the minister confirm that his lucky winner will not even be able to harvest its quota this year?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-05-31 14:53 [p.19988]
Mr. Speaker, as I stated in the House many times, these claims are completely unsubstantiated. The fact that there is a new participant in the surf clam industry should not be a surprise. As the member just stated, the Conservatives went through a similar process. The only difference, both in fact and opinion, is that they did not include indigenous people when they went through their process.
We are proud of our robust process that allowed us to pick the best expression of interest to ensure that the highest number of Atlantic Canadians and people from Quebec benefited from this decision.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-05-28 14:46 [p.19740]
Mr. Speaker, when we see patronage, breach of contract, and deception being used as part of a strategy to obtain highly lucrative fishing quotas for Liberal cronies, we cannot help but conclude that there is a definite appearance of a conflict of interest.
Why does the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard not admit he was wrong and start over with a clear, fair, equitable, and transparent bidding process?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-05-28 14:47 [p.19740]
Mr. Speaker, as the minister has already made clear, the allegations made by the other side, no matter how often it makes them, are categorically false, and we are happy to answer any questions the Ethics Commissioner might have.
In the interim, we are absolutely proud of the fact that the process ensured that the best project was selected so the highest number of Atlantic Canadians would benefit, including first nations from four Atlantic provinces and the province of Quebec.
View Peter Kent Profile
CPC (ON)
View Peter Kent Profile
2018-05-28 14:47 [p.19740]
Mr. Speaker, the fisheries minister attempts to excuse his interference in the bid process that gifted a clam harvesting quota worth hundreds of millions of dollars to a shell company because of after-the-fact involvement of minority indigenous partners. However, the rigged process also happened to involve the brother of a sitting Liberal MP, a former Liberal MP, and a cousin of the minister's wife, who is a former federal fisheries official.
Again, will the Prime Minister remove the minister from this file and restart the process?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-05-28 14:48 [p.19740]
Again, Mr. Speaker, these claims are completely unsubstantiated.
The fact is that a new participant in the surf clam fishery should be no surprise to the previous Conservative government. It conducted a very similar process about three years ago to include a new entrant into the surf clam fishery. The only difference was that it forgot to include indigenous people.
We of course have not forgotten. We are focusing on the fact that the best proposal was selected that would advantage the most number of people from Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
View Candice Bergen Profile
2018-05-25 11:18 [p.19682]
Mr. Speaker, let us review what we know about “clamscam”. The fisheries minister went out of his way to award a surf clam quota to a company that, one, was run by the brother of a Liberal MP; two, had the lowest percentage of indigenous ownership of all the bidders; and three, did not even own a boat when they were awarded the quota. Now the minister is under federal investigation for his actions.
Will the government scrap the cronyism and restart the bidding process?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-05-25 11:18 [p.19682]
Mr. Speaker, we are obviously happy to work with the commissioner to answer any questions that he might have. Our government believes that increasing indigenous participation in offshore fisheries offers a powerful opportunity to advance reconciliation. That is why we created a process to consult industry and indigenous communities on potential participation in this surf clam fishery.
This process was very similar to the one that was undertaken by the previous Conservative government, except that they forgot to include indigenous people. The expressions of interest selected for next steps include five first nations from Atlantic Canada and Quebec, and there would be significant economic opportunities for these indigenous communities.
View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
View Candice Bergen Profile
2018-05-25 11:19 [p.19682]
Mr. Speaker, what we did not do was award our friends and family contracts when they did not even own boats.
The fisheries minister is under federal investigation. Communities in Newfoundland, such as Grand Bank, are suffering as a result of his actions, but we are hearing crickets from other Liberal MPs in Atlantic Canada. Nothing.
Will the veterans affairs minister from Newfoundland or the health minister from New Brunswick finally stand up to the cronyism coming from their cabinet colleague and tell him to restart the bidding process?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-05-25 11:19 [p.19682]
Mr. Speaker, our government is proud of our decision to introduce indigenous participation, and it is consistent with our government's commitment to develop a renewed relationship between Canada and first nations people. The minister made this decision to allow for increased indigenous participation in the fishery, and we reject any claim to the contrary in the strongest of terms, no matter how many times it is repeated in this House.
Our government is proud of this decision and of how it will benefit the largest number of people in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, as well as five indigenous communities in five provinces.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-05-25 11:20 [p.19683]
Mr. Speaker, like Pinocchio's nose, the investigation into the Minister of Fisheries keeps going on and on. Now the minister has supposedly ordered a business owner to back out of a partnership with Clearwater in favour of an alliance with a Liberal MP's brother who owns Premium Seafoods.
Will the fisheries minister confirm these facts and keep his nose from growing any longer?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-05-25 11:20 [p.19683]
Mr. Speaker, like the previous government, our government decided it was important to bring a new participant into the surf clam fishery. However, unlike the Conservatives, we remembered to include indigenous communities. We are proud of our decision, which will benefit the greatest possible number of Atlantic Canadians.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-05-25 11:21 [p.19683]
Mr. Speaker, we are wondering which Liberal Party friend will get the largest catch in the saga surrounding the fisheries minister's fish tale. Patronage, a breach of contract, and deception were all part of the strategy used to obtain lucrative fishing quotas for Liberal cronies.
Why does the Minister of Fisheries not admit he was wrong and start over with a clear, fair, equitable, and transparent bidding process?
View Terry Beech Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Terry Beech Profile
2018-05-25 11:21 [p.19683]
Mr. Speaker, as we have stated, these allegations are absolutely false, no matter how many times the Conservatives restate them in the House. The fact that there is a new participant in this fishery should be no surprise to the Conservatives. They started a similar process three years ago. The only difference was that they forgot to include indigenous people.
Our government is proud of the fact that we had a robust process that picked the best group that is going to make sure it benefits the largest number of Atlantic Canadians, including five indigenous nations from four Atlantic provinces and Quebec.
View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
View Candice Bergen Profile
2018-05-24 14:16 [p.19592]
Mr. Speaker, there are new revelations this morning regarding the fisheries minister.
According to a report in The Globe and Mail, Chief Terrance Paul and the Membertou First Nation were informed by the minister that they needed to partner with the company run by the Liberal MP's brother in order to win a surf clam licence.
I have a simple question: Are the media reports true? Did the Minister of Fisheries or anyone acting on his behalf suggest to the Membertou First Nation that it needed to make a deal with the Premium Seafoods company in order to win this bid?
View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
View Candice Bergen Profile
2018-05-24 14:17 [p.19592]
Mr. Speaker, we know the Liberals decided to include their friends and family in this, for sure.
The fisheries minister decided to take surf clam quota away from Clearwater Seafoods and give it to a company with connections to his own family, a company being run by a sitting Liberal MP's brother. To make matters worse, the company he gave the licence to had the lowest percentage of indigenous ownership of all the bidders, and it did not even have a boat. Clearly, the fix was in.
Will the minister do the right thing and restart the bidding process?
View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
View Candice Bergen Profile
2018-05-24 14:18 [p.19592]
Mr. Speaker, this is just another in the latest long list of Liberal ethics scandals: the Prime Minister under investigation; the Minister of Finance under investigation; the Liberal MP for Brampton East under investigation.
Now the fisheries minister is under formal investigation. There are new, serious allegations being reported, and the minister's credibility is in tatters. No one honestly believes that the deal was above board. It has Liberal corruption all over it.
If the minister will not do the right thing and reset the process, will the Prime Minister remove him from this file?
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-05-24 14:20 [p.19593]
Mr. Speaker, the investigation into the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard seems never-ending. There are goodies for everyone with Liberal connections, starting with the industrial park that a slew of Liberal friends and relatives have a hand in. Now we are hearing that the minister ordered a business owner to back out of a partnership with Clearwater in favour of an alliance with a Liberal MP's brother who owns Premium Seafoods.
When did the Prime Minister find out that the minister's family would benefit from this very lucrative contract?
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-05-24 14:21 [p.19593]
Mr. Speaker, under the Liberals the only thing that is clear and transparent is the lens taking the Prime Minister's selfies.
Bribery is the only thing missing from the list of allegations of patronage, breach of contract, and deceit associated with the fishing expedition of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
When did the Prime Minister learn that the minister's family would benefit from this lucrative contract and why is the Prime Minister defending the indefensible?
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-05-23 14:56 [p.19528]
Mr. Speaker, the current investigation of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard indicates that there were blatant ethical breaches, and there is more to come.
A company that did not meet the bid criteria was awarded a lucrative quota by this minister. The contract was awarded to a corporation owned by the brother of a Liberal MP. A former Liberal MP also stands to profit, not to mention the minister's own family.
When did the Prime Minister learn that all the Liberal supporters and family of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard would profit from this lucrative contract?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2018-05-23 14:56 [p.19528]
Mr. Speaker, our decision to introduce indigenous participation is consistent with our desire to establish a renewed relationship with indigenous peoples. Expanding access to the Arctic surf clam fishery is a major step towards reconciliation.
When the Conservatives launched a similar process, they chose to exclude indigenous peoples. The minister will continue to work with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and to follow his advice.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2018-05-23 14:57 [p.19528]
Mr. Speaker, the investigation into the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is part of the time-honoured Liberal ways where the more things change, the more they stay the same. There is favouritism for everyone, from the Liberal extended family to the Liberal uncle, the Liberal cousin, and the Liberal cronies. Nothing is off limits for that crowd. It is scandalous.
When did the Prime Minister find out that every Liberal partisan and the minister's family would benefit from this lucrative contract?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2018-05-23 14:57 [p.19528]
Mr. Speaker, what Canadians understand is that despite the mudslinging and the baseless allegations hurled by the Conservatives in the House of Commons from time to time, we have a Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner in charge of ensuring that there is no conflict of interest or ethical breach.
We on this side of the House have confidence in the commissioner and we are working with him. We know that this is important work that must be respected, despite the petty politics we often get from the Conservatives.
View Peter Kent Profile
CPC (ON)
View Peter Kent Profile
2018-05-23 14:58 [p.19528]
Mr. Speaker, as the Ethics Commissioner gets into his formal investigation of the fisheries minister, he is going to find very clear evidence, in the minister's own handwriting, of his interference in the bidding process for a very lucrative clam harvesting licence. This is a confected company with close Liberal Party and family connections that did not meet the bid criteria, that did not even own a boat, and was awarded a very valuable quota by the minister. Will the Prime Minister remove the minister from this tainted file and restart the bid process?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2018-05-23 14:59 [p.19528]
Mr. Speaker, our decision to introduce indigenous participation is consistent with our commitment to developing a renewed relationship between Canada and indigenous peoples. Enhancing access to the Arctic surf clam fishery broadens the distribution of benefits from this public resource, and is a powerful step toward reconciliation. When the Conservatives went through a very similar process to increase access to this fishery, they chose to exclude indigenous peoples.
As to the matter raised by the member, our member will continue to work with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and follow his advice—
View Peter Kent Profile
CPC (ON)
View Peter Kent Profile
2018-05-23 14:59 [p.19528]
Mr. Speaker, the question now is when was the Prime Minister made aware that Liberal partisans and the minister's family would benefit from this lucrative rigged contract?
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