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View Tony Clement Profile
Ind. (ON)
View Tony Clement Profile
2019-06-14 12:10 [p.29130]
Mr. Speaker, in defence of their indefensible cuts to the Auditor General's budget, the Liberals keep relying on cuts made under the Harper government. As the one who implemented those budget reductions as the Treasury Board president, I can tell the House that I received prior written assurances from the auditor general that those budget reductions would not impact any of his operations or investigations.
Why did the current government not seek similar assurances before making its cuts?
View Greg Fergus Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Greg Fergus Profile
2019-06-14 12:11 [p.29130]
Mr. Speaker, yes, I can only imagine how that conversation went after they fired Linda Keen and after they reduced the budget for the parliamentary budget officer at the time. I imagine the conversation must have gone something like, “Yes, boss. Yes, boss. We're okay with what you give us.” That is really not acceptable.
What is really important is that public servants, under the Harper government, felt intimidated, they felt cowed and some of them lost their jobs for having stood up to speak truth to power. We do not have to take any lessons from the Harper Conservatives about how to treat our public servants with respect.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
View John Brassard Profile
2019-06-12 15:01 [p.28993]
Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the public accounts committee sent a letter to the finance minister. The letter, signed by members of all parties, asked the Liberals to fund the Auditor General so that he can do his important work.
It is not lost on anyone that the Prime Minister is muzzling the Auditor General as an election approaches. So much for accountability and transparency. What is the Prime Minister trying to hide?
The Prime Minister cannot blame Stephen Harper for this one. Will he accept the demands of the committee, including Liberal members, and fund the Auditor General so that he can do his job?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2019-06-12 15:01 [p.28993]
Mr. Speaker, we continue to support the important ongoing work of the Auditor General.
The member opposite mentioned Stephen Harper, and how appropriate that he did. The Harper Conservatives cut nearly $6.5 million and 60 employees from the Auditor General's budget. We took action to restore that funding. It is interesting to see the Conservatives suddenly taking an interest in the officers of Parliament, especially when the MP for Carleton continues to accuse Elections Canada of partisanship and political interference, when we know it is the Conservatives who know how to break election laws.
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
View Gérard Deltell Profile
2019-06-12 15:02 [p.28993]
Mr. Speaker, let us talk about facts.
One fact is that never in the history of Canada has the Auditor General not been able to complete an investigation due to lack of funding. That has never happened. Another fact is that a parliamentary committee is calling on the government to properly fund the Auditor General. It is also a fact that the Auditor General is the watchdog who keeps an eye on government spending. Let us just say that the Auditor General has his work cut out for him these days, given the Liberal government's track record.
Will the Liberal government make sure that the Auditor General has all the tools he needs to do his job, since it is a taxpayer-funded position?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2019-06-12 15:02 [p.28994]
Mr. Speaker, on this side of the House, we will always support the important, ongoing work of the Auditor General. It was actually the Stephen Harper Conservatives who slashed $6.5 million from the Auditor General's budget, which led to 60 positions being cut from his office.
One of the first things we did was restore that funding, because we understand that the Auditor General's work is extremely important and we will always support it.
View David Christopherson Profile
NDP (ON)
View David Christopherson Profile
2019-06-12 15:04 [p.28994]
Mr. Speaker, the 2015 Liberal platform promised this: “We will ensure that all of the officers [of Parliament] are properly funded and accountable only to Parliament.”
Now the public accounts committee has unanimously called for the Auditor General's $10.8-million underfunding to be reversed.
The government promised to respect Parliament, respect its officers and respect its standing committees. I ask the Prime Minister, where is this respect, and, more importantly, where is the money?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2019-06-12 15:05 [p.28994]
Mr. Speaker, after the Conservative government cut $6.5 million from the Auditor General's budget, cutting 60 staff, we knew we had to restore that funding, and that is exactly what we did. We support the work of the Auditor General. Indeed, we support our officers of Parliament. We will continue to stand and support the important work they do. We defend our institutions in this country every single day, despite the attacks by the opposition on the integrity of our officers of Parliament, whether it be the Parliamentary Budget Officer or Elections Canada officials. We know we are going to continue to do that.
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-06-10 15:00 [p.28813]
Mr. Speaker, for the first time in Canadian history, the Auditor General has stated publicly that he does not have the funds necessary to do his job. The Liberals have consistently rewarded their friends and silenced their critics and now they are targeting the Auditor General.
This Liberal attack on the Auditor General has forced the office to cancel audits that would have been released right before the election. Why do the Liberals think they can get away with silencing the Auditor General?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-10 15:01 [p.28813]
Mr. Speaker, it is great to see the Conservatives finally taking an interest in officers of Parliament in this House. Actually, what they are really doing is reminding Canadians of the fact that the Conservatives are the ones who cut the Auditor General's budget by 10%. When our government reinstated the budget for the Auditor General, the Conservatives voted against it.
We take the Auditor General's reports to us very seriously. We really respect and appreciate the work that the Auditor General does on behalf of parliamentarians and all Canadians.
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-06-10 15:01 [p.28813]
Mr. Speaker, this is ridiculous. The Auditor General has never, until now, come out and said publicly that he cannot do his job for a lack of funds. At no time during the previous government did the Auditor General ever say he could not do his job.
This is an unprecedented attack on our democracy. When will the Liberals give the Auditor General the funds that he needs to do his job and hold the government to account?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-10 15:02 [p.28814]
Mr. Speaker, the Conservative member opposite probably understands that, so far, over 70% of the Auditor General's reports have been based on failed Conservative policies. I know we are coming through that era. I have confidence in the Auditor General and his work, but this is just another officer that the Conservatives do not respect. Canadians remember when they told the Parliamentary Budget Officer that they would not allow him to audit their platform. Why? What did the Conservatives have to hide in their platform, the lack of a climate plan?
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-06-07 11:50 [p.28755]
Madam Speaker, the Auditor General has many new responsibilities now, including auditing the government's ill-considered Infrastructure Bank and the new Trans Mountain Crown corporation that resulted from it chasing Kinder Morgan out of Canada. Last summer, the Auditor General said that they needed more money to be able to keep doing performance audits, and last month, he told the public accounts committee that he cancelled audits, including on cybersecurity, because they did not have enough money.
What is the government trying to hide from the Auditor General?
View Greg Fergus Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Greg Fergus Profile
2019-06-07 11:51 [p.28755]
Madam Speaker, although it is my pleasure to answer this question, I must admit that it is with a bit of trepidation that I see that the Harper Conservatives have really developed an interest in the Auditor General. The last time they had an interest in the Auditor General, they slashed his budget by $6.4 million, they fired auditors, they forced the Parliamentary Budget Officer to take them to court and they were found in contempt of Parliament itself. I am hoping that this is as far as their interest is going to go.
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-06-07 11:52 [p.28755]
Madam Speaker, one thing that never ever happened under the previous government was the Auditor General coming to the public accounts committee saying we do not have enough money to do our job. That never happened. On May 14, the Office of the Auditor General told public accounts, “[H]ad we received the $10.8 million.... [w]e would have been able to do the work that was expected.” I said, “You are not adequately funded now.” They replied, “That's right.”
What part of that testimony does the parliamentary secretary not understand, and why will they not—
View Greg Fergus Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Greg Fergus Profile
2019-06-07 11:52 [p.28755]
I would just say, Madam Speaker, that the reason the Auditor General probably feels that he could fearlessly and freely offer advice to this government is that we actually listen to it.
Let us take a look at the Conservatives' cavalcade of cowing, criticizing and canning public servants who dared speak up to them. All I have to mention is Kevin Page, perhaps Richard Colvin, perhaps Linda Keen, perhaps Pat Stogran. I can say that I am so glad that public officials feel that they can speak to us.
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Auditor General asked for additional funding to fulfill his mandate, but the Prime Minister refused his request.
The Auditor General was therefore forced to abandon his audit of the government's performance on cybercrime and Arctic sovereignty. Once again, this Prime Minister does not care about anything that relates to security.
Can the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness call his boss to order and bring him to his senses?
View Ralph Goodale Profile
Lib. (SK)
View Ralph Goodale Profile
2019-06-06 15:03 [p.28705]
Mr. Speaker, with respect to the important question on cybersecurity, the hon. gentleman will know that very early in our mandate we reviewed that whole field, a very important priority in national security. We announced a national cybersecurity strategy last year, and in the last two budgets we have invested very close to $1 billion in the cybersecurity of Canadians.
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-06-06 15:03 [p.28705]
Mr. Speaker, we will not have an Auditor General's report to look into it and see if the government has done its job or not.
For weeks, the President of the Treasury Board has said that they always consider funding requests from officers of Parliament—this while denying the Office of the Auditor General the money that it has repeatedly requested. The Auditor General needs another $10.8 million to do his job, including audits on cybersecurity and Arctic sovereignty. This is less than the money the government gave to Loblaws for refrigerators.
Why is giving money to their friends more important than transparency and accountability?
View Ralph Goodale Profile
Lib. (SK)
View Ralph Goodale Profile
2019-06-06 15:03 [p.28705]
Mr. Speaker, on the very important question of support for the Auditor General, the President of the Treasury Board has pointed out repeatedly in this House that in fact it was the previous Conservative government that reduced the budget of the Auditor General. Our government has actually increased the budget and is always interested in looking for better ways to support that important work in the interests of transparency.
View Joël Lightbound Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Joël Lightbound Profile
2019-06-06 15:05 [p.28705]
Mr. Speaker, I simply want to remind my colleague that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board operates independently, at arms' length from the government, and we expect it to make wise investments in the interest of Canadians and Canadian pensioners.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
View John Brassard Profile
2019-06-05 14:49 [p.28581]
Mr. Speaker, like everything else with the current Prime Minister, he says one thing and does another. The so-called transparent and accountable-by-default Liberals are at it again. This time it is not redacted documents or withholding documents for Liberal cover-ups and scandals they are engaged in. This time they are trying to prevent the Auditor General from doing his work to hold these Liberals to account, because for the first time in Canadian history, he will be unable to complete audits as a result of the Prime Minister's refusal to fund his important work. Why?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-05 14:49 [p.28581]
Mr. Speaker, first permit me to reconfirm our deep appreciation and respect for the work of the Auditor General and his staff.
I have to ask if the Conservatives are gluttons for punishment. Let us look at the accounts. They cut the budget of the Auditor General. The Liberals voted against that. We added $41 million to the budget of the Auditor General. The Conservatives voted against that. What is so difficult to understand? We support the Auditor General.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
View John Brassard Profile
2019-06-05 14:50 [p.28581]
I asked why, but there was no answer, so I will tell you why, Mr. Speaker. It is because the Liberals know that they are failing at just about everything they are doing, except looking after their well-connected, well-heeled friends while attacking anyone, including the Auditor General, who would expose the rot within the Liberal Party. At no time in Canadian history have any auditors general ever said that they could not do the job and would have to cancel audits for a lack of funding, until now.
Is it not true that the Prime Minister is afraid of the truth of his failures being exposed, and that is the reason he has moved in to silence the Auditor Genera?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-05 14:50 [p.28581]
Mr. Speaker, of all the reports written by the Auditor General in this mandate, over 70% were directly related to the failures of Conservative policy, and we will be through that batch soon.
I want to thank the member for giving us multiple opportunities to remind this House of the muzzling of scientists, the cutting of the long-form census and the obstruction during the previous government. Where was this member when his party voted to cut the budget of the AG?
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2019-06-04 14:40 [p.28500]
Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government is getting in the way of the Auditor General.
Canadians rely on the integrity of our government institutions to be transparent.
We all know that rewarding cronies is the Liberal way of getting favours or keeping officials quiet.
Why is the government prepared to obstruct the work of the Auditor General with impunity, instead of allowing him to do what he is mandated to do, namely to conduct independent audits?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-04 14:41 [p.28500]
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased that the Conservatives are finally taking an interest in officers of Parliament. After all, it was their party that cut $6.4 million from the OAG's budget and fired the auditor general.
We increased the OAG's budget by $41 million, something the Conservatives voted against. Why?
View Rosemarie Falk Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, it is very unfortunate that the Liberal government has been governing for four years and it takes no responsibility or accountability for anything it has done.
This is the first time in Canadian history that the Auditor General has said that he has not been given the resources to fully audit the Liberal government. His request for new funds was rejected, and now audits have been dropped.
How can the Liberal government always find money for its friends, but when it comes to holding it to account, the cupboards are bare?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-04 14:42 [p.28500]
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for giving me the opportunity to remind the House of the record of cuts, muzzling and obstruction of the previous government.
This is just another officer of Parliament who the Conservatives do not respect. They have told the PBO that they will not allow him to audit their platform. That is probably because they know their climate non-plan will cost more than ours. Just ask Doug Ford in Ontario.
Where was that member when her party was thinking of burning the AG's budget—
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-06-03 14:37 [p.28409]
Mr. Speaker, the Auditor General is sounding the alarm.
For the first time in Canadian history, he will be unable to complete his audits because the Liberal government has refused to fund his important work, including audits on cybersecurity and Arctic sovereignty. The Liberals keep claiming that they support the Auditor General, but those are just empty words unless they give his office the funds he needs. We are running out of time.
Will the Prime Minister reverse his position of starving the Auditor General's office and give him the funds he needs to do his job?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-03 14:38 [p.28409]
Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to supporting the ongoing and important work of the Auditor General. Where an officer of Parliament, such as the AG, identifies a need for additional resources, we consider that very carefully.
I would like to mention to the member opposite that it was the Conservatives who cut 10% out of the Auditor General's budget, and it was the Liberals who reinstated that funding.
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-06-03 14:39 [p.28409]
Mr. Speaker, at no point in Canadian history has the Auditor General ever said that he could not do his job for lack of funding, until now.
Under the previous government, he never cancelled audits. However, the Liberals have a track record of rewarding their friends and attacking those who would try to hold them to account. Canadians depend on the Auditor General to provide transparency and to tell us the truth. This is completely unprecedented, and it goes right to the heart of Parliament's responsibility for accountability.
Why does the government hate accountability so much that it is willing to silence the Auditor General?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-03 14:39 [p.28410]
Mr. Speaker, this government is committed to accountability and transparency. That the member opposite believes that by cutting the Auditor General's budget by 10% when they were in government the Conservatives were enabling him to do his job is completely unbelievable.
We consider these requests. We will ensure that the office can continue to do its important work for Canadians efficiently and effectively.
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
View Gérard Deltell Profile
2019-06-03 14:40 [p.28410]
Mr. Speaker, ever since the Office of the Auditor General of Canada was created, the Auditor General has always had the means to conduct his audits. In the history of Canada, the Auditor General has never threatened not to complete an audit for lack of funding, and yet that is precisely what is happening.
Last week, the Auditor General sounded the alarm. He wants to continue studying cybersecurity and Canada's Arctic sovereignty, but he lacks the necessary funding.
Will the government give the Auditor General the funds he needs to do his job?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-03 14:41 [p.28410]
Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to supporting the Auditor General. When the Conservatives were in power, they slashed his budget by 10%.
Why did they do that? Why did they not reinstate the AG's funding, which is what we, the Liberals, have done?
We will continue to support the very important work of this officer of Parliament.
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
View Gérard Deltell Profile
2019-06-03 14:41 [p.28410]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the minister on her French, but we cannot agree with her just because she spoke French.
Her remarks are out of touch with the facts. Here are the facts: last week, the Auditor General said he no longer had sufficient funds to complete two audits. That is a first in Canadian history.
The Auditor General is like a watchdog. His job is to tell the government it is spending too much or spending unwisely. This government is keeping him very busy.
Will the government agree to the Auditor General's request so he can do his job properly, yes or no?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-03 14:42 [p.28410]
Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to supporting the important work of the Auditor General.
The Conservatives have me perplexed. They are the ones who cut the RCMP's budget by $500 million and the Canada Revenue Agency's by $1 billion. They cut funding for officers of Parliament.
Why—
View David Christopherson Profile
NDP (ON)
View David Christopherson Profile
2019-06-03 14:44 [p.28410]
Mr. Speaker, this is the first time in the history of Canada that the government of the day has failed to adequately fund the work plan of the Auditor General.
Given that one of the planned audits being killed is on cybersecurity, how can the government possibly justify this unprecedented attack on the work of the Auditor General and the work of oversight and accountability?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-06-03 14:45 [p.28410]
Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to supporting the important work of the Auditor General. When an officer of Parliament, such as the Auditor General, makes a request for additional budget, we take that request very seriously.
My question for the member of the NDP is this: Where was he when the Conservatives cut 10% out of the Auditor General's budget, as well as cutting half a billion dollars out of the RCMP, millions out of the CRA and so many other things that they did to undermine our democracy and accountability?
View Scot Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
View Scot Davidson Profile
2019-05-31 12:03 [p.28354]
Mr. Speaker, the important work of the Auditor General's office is being jeopardized by the Prime Minister, who has refused to provide the funding needed to hold the federal government accountable for its activities and its handling of taxpayer money. The Liberal government does not want its incompetence brought to light by the Auditor General. This has resulted in the cancellation of critical audits, including on Arctic sovereignty and cybersecurity.
Will the Liberal government show that it actually cares about being accountable to Canadians and fully fund the Auditor General?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-05-31 12:03 [p.28354]
Mr. Speaker, I cannot believe that the member opposite has just asked that question, when his government cut the Auditor General's budget by 10% and never built it back. Our government built that budget back, because we are committed to supporting the important and ongoing work of the Auditor General.
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-05-17 11:53 [p.28007]
Mr. Speaker, on Tuesday, the Auditor General told the public accounts committee that as a result of inadequate funding “we have no choice but to decrease the number of performance audits”.
Yesterday the President of the Treasury Board refused to commit to provide the necessary resources to the Auditor General so that he could do his job, so I will give her another chance today. Will she commit today, now, to provide the Office of the Auditor General the $10.8 million it requested, yes or no?
View Greg Fergus Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Greg Fergus Profile
2019-05-17 11:54 [p.28007]
Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to working with and supporting the Auditor General, as we would support all officers of the Parliament of Canada. When an officer of Parliament, such as the Auditor General, identifies a need for additional resources, we consider such a request quite seriously to ensure that that office and all offices of agents of Parliament can continue their important work on behalf of the Canadian people.
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-05-17 11:54 [p.28007]
Mr. Speaker, that sounded an awful lot like no.
On Tuesday, we learned that the cancelled audits included cybercrime, Arctic sovereignty, public service training, heritage services and the government's travel system. The Auditor General said that these were important areas that needed to be audited. One can imagine what these audits would reveal if they were completed.
We know that the government prefers cover-ups to accountability, but stopping the Auditor General from doing his job is inexcusable. Why are they so afraid to be accountable?
View Greg Fergus Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Greg Fergus Profile
2019-05-17 11:55 [p.28007]
Mr. Speaker, let me reiterate that our government fully supports officers of Parliament. We take their work seriously. When an officer of Parliament, such as the Auditor General, identifies a problem with the budget, we take that seriously.
That is exactly what we are going to do.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
View Alupa Clarke Profile
2019-05-16 14:43 [p.27950]
Mr. Speaker, real federalism is what we did. We recognized Quebec as a nation in 2008, something the Liberals never would have done.
Not only that, but we have seen since 2015 that they are anything but transparent. They hide tax hikes and bury objectionable provisions in huge omnibus bills. Surprise, surprise, what do we see? The Liberals refused to properly fund the Office of the Auditor General this year.
Why are they withholding that funding, which the Auditor General needs in order to perform audits to hold this government accountable to Canadians?
View Joël Lightbound Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Joël Lightbound Profile
2019-05-16 14:43 [p.27950]
Mr. Speaker, when it comes to respecting our officers of Parliament, we will take no lessons from the Conservatives, who, members will recall, appointed unilingual anglophone officers of Parliament, showing profound disrespect for Quebec.
We are committed to giving the Auditor General all the necessary tools. The member mentioned taxes, and I would like to remind him of one simple fact. Last summer, the OECD confirmed to Canadians that a typical Canadian family of four in 2019 has about $2,000 more in its pockets than in 2015. The Liberal plan is working for the middle class.
View Pat Kelly Profile
CPC (AB)
View Pat Kelly Profile
2019-05-16 14:44 [p.27950]
Mr. Speaker, this government will do anything to avoid accountability. We have seen them try to cover up interference in prosecution in the case of SNC-Lavalin and Mark Norman. Now the Auditor General says that his office cannot fulfill its mandate because it did not receive the funds it needs. As a result, the Office of the Auditor General has cancelled five important audits.
For 140 years, the Auditor General has helped hold governments accountable. Will the government commit today to end its culture of cover-ups and fully fund the Auditor General's office?
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2019-05-16 14:45 [p.27950]
Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to supporting the important and ongoing work of our Auditor General. When an officer of Parliament such as the Auditor General identifies the need for additional resources, we consider such requests very carefully to ensure that the office can continue its important work for Canadians efficiently and effectively.
View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2019-03-21 18:15 [p.26404]
moved:
That Vote 1, in the amount of $19,521,131, under Office of the Auditor General — Program expenditures, in the Interim Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, be concurred in.
View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2018-10-19 12:03 [p.22623]
I have the honour to lay upon the table the report of the Auditor General of Canada to the House of Commons entitled, “Commentary on the 2017–2018 Financial Audits”.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(g), this document is deemed to have been permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
View Harjit S. Sajjan Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Harjit S. Sajjan Profile
2018-06-15 3:18 [p.21053]
moved:
That Vote 1, in the amount of $69,027,524, under Office of the Auditor General—Program expenditures, in the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, be concurred in.
View Kevin Sorenson Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 44th report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, entitled “Main Estimates 2018-19: Vote 1 under Office of the Auditor General”.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
View Kelly Block Profile
2017-09-19 12:28 [p.13214]
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for participating in this debate and for the good work he does on the public accounts committee. I had the opportunity to sit in on one of their committee meetings and to question the Auditor General on the very report that both my colleague from Trois-Rivières and I have commented on.
Would the member comment on the very important work of the Auditor General in providing these reports to Parliament, how they inform the amendment of current legislation and the creation of new legislation, and how they ensure that we are not only getting things done quickly but are getting them done right?
View Kevin Sorenson Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for attending our public accounts committee and for the very good work she did that day with questions to the Auditor General and his department.
There is so much I could say about the Auditor General's office. We know that in a democracy, transparency and accountability are paramount in maintaining a strong democracy and a strong country. Canadian citizens must have confidence that whether they are provincial, territorial, or federal governments, there is someone doing performance audits as well as financial audits and that they are holding departments, ministers, and governments to account.
We can be very proud of the Auditor's General's office and of our Auditor General and his staff. When they come with a decision, we need to accept it. We need to accept the recommendations. We need to accept, generally, certainly on all public accounts, financial audits and performance audits. They hold departments to account.
There is no gray area with vehicle safety. I do not think there will be a lot of differences among political parties on whether we believe there should be standards for vehicle safety. I may be going on a bit of a rabbit trail and a rant here, but I am very concerned about safety on the road. I am concerned about young people texting and being on the phone at times. On occasion, we have talked on the road. We still see people on the road texting, looking down, or being on the phone. I am very concerned when I see it.
I had a call from Mothers Against Drunk Driving this week. They are very concerned about alcoholism and travel on the road. I am very concerned about our movement towards the legalization of marijuana and what that will mean without the ability to do roadside testing yet.
I think Canadians get it. There are very few people who think we should be an open society with no regulation.
Obviously, we want safety on the road. When I go into a dealership to buy a new vehicle, and I see the new technology we have, although I do not understand the electronic components and what the vehicle can do, I expect that it is going to be safe. I expect that it is not going to injure or harm me or anyone else on the road because of that technology.
The Auditor General spoke more specifically to process than to the politics of any of those issues. Again, it is very important work the Auditor General does. I again thank him for that. We can be very pleased that the report came out and that the government has moved with Bill S-2 as part of the answer to the Auditor General's report.
View Kevin Sorenson Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 22nd report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in relation to the committee's study of the main estimates for fiscal year 2017-18.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Geoff Regan Profile
2016-06-02 10:03 [p.3919]
I have the honour to lay upon the table the 2015-16 annual reports of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada on the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. These reports are deemed permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
2016-05-16 14:15 [p.3366]
Mr. Speaker, VIA Rail is a long way from fulfilling its mandate to provide intercity passenger rail services in Canada. The Auditor General's report on the crown corporation identified flaws in the way that our rail passenger service is managed and delivered. VIA Rail does not have a long-term plan or direction approved by the federal government. This compromises the corporation's viability.
The Auditor General recommends that VIA Rail review its existing governance systems and practices in consultation with the government, and develop a long-term strategic plan so VIA Rail can fulfill its mandate, economically, efficiently, and effectively.
VIA Rail agrees with the Auditor General.
The Minister of Transport says he takes these findings seriously and will address the deficiencies created by government in action.
I hope that the government transforms its sunny ways into real action on VIA Rail. Safe, accessible, affordable, and sustainable passenger rail service is vital for London and area. Our economic future depends on it.
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