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View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I, too, have a point of order, as well as a comment that will hopefully be as brief as Mr. Lawrence's.
First, I had informed the committee that I still had a lot of questions for the officials from the various departments that will have a hand in Bill C‑32. At a previous meeting, I had requested the committee's unanimous consent to ask those officials to provide written answers to the questions suggested by the House of Commons analysts, but there wasn't unanimous support for that request.
In the spirit of co‑operation, Terry Beech, the parliamentary secretary, suggested I give him the list of questions I was most interested in having the answers for, and in hardly any time at all, the officials had answered all of my questions in a document that was sent to me. I asked the clerk to share the document with the committee so that members would have the excellent information I received, which was in both official languages.
I realize how much work that was, so I want to express my sincere thanks to Terry Beech for his help, as well as to the finance officials for their comprehensive answers. Thanks to them, I won't have any technical questions today, since I already have the answers I was looking for.
It is clear to those of us in the Bloc Québécois that Bill C‑32 does not address the financial priorities of the people of Quebec. However, as always, we will vote on what is in the bill, not on what isn't. We don't have a problem with any of the measures proposed in this omnibus bill, and that is why I, as the Bloc Québécois's representative today, will be voting in favour of the bill and each of its clauses. We don't have any amendments to propose.
Before I wrap up, though, I would like to point something out to the members of the committee. The Canadian Bar Association sent a letter to the chair to express its concern that some of the proposed amendments would undermine solicitor-client privilege. I know that the government is very mindful of the rules in place and has read the letter, as I have. For that reason, I am not so concerned that I feel the need to propose an amendment.
Speaking of solicitor-client privilege, I would also remind the members of the committee of our study into the whole Isle of Man affair and the use of trusts for the purposes of tax avoidance and tax evasion. That was a case in which KPMG invoked solicitor-client privilege to refuse to disclose the names of its fraudster clients to the government. We must bear in mind that solicitor-client privilege is not absolute, because it does not apply when a lawyer advises their client to do something illegal.
The Canada Revenue Agency's American counterpart, the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, gave KPMG an ultimatum when it tried to pull the same thing in the U.S. The company could either hand over the list of clients with whom it had conspired to defraud the IRS or it would face criminal prosecution and risk dissolution. The matter was resolved pretty quickly. Here, an out-of-court settlement was reached.
I welcome the measures in Bill C‑32. Solicitor-client privilege is obviously very important, but so is the fight against tax evasion and tax avoidance.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
On division.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
Like Mr. Blaikie, we have witnesses to propose. I discussed it briefly with the clerk before the meeting began, and I will be sending him our list.
Thank you.
View Martin Champoux Profile
BQ (QC)
View Martin Champoux Profile
2022-11-25 13:06
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
We need to ask our interpreters to ensure that the equipment and sound quality are adequate. I can hear the interpretation right now, so I assume everything is working.
The interpreters are signalling to us that everything is in order.
Thank you.
View Martin Champoux Profile
BQ (QC)
View Martin Champoux Profile
2022-11-25 13:59
I already got the answers I needed, Mr. Chair.
View Martin Champoux Profile
BQ (QC)
View Martin Champoux Profile
2022-11-25 14:23
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Bill C‑18 seeks to address the existing imbalance in the news industry. It's an attempt to keep the web giants from encroaching upon businesses that produce news content. The objective is to save newsrooms. We must keep that in mind in the amendments we vote on today.
There are certain fundamentals in journalism. For a journalist to be recognized as such, he or she must meet certain standards of excellence, including independence, fairness and rigour. If anything should be excluded from the journalism profession, it's opinion and ideology. While these publications must also have their fair share of the pie and the playing field must be relevelled in relation to the web giants, that's not the purpose of Bill C‑18. The bill instead seeks to support news and information itself.
Therefore, I won't support this subamendment because it will just open the door to all kinds of opinion and ideology media. I do not consider that to be journalism. I may be a bit of a purist, but we need to ensure that journalistic standards are upheld. That's what Bill C‑18 needs to protect. That's why I won't support this subamendment.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon, Mr. MacAuley, Mr. Ledwell and Mr. Harris. Thank you for being here.
Hello to my esteemed colleagues as well.
Mr. Minister, it's been four months since the allegations were filed or made public. Has any progress been made on this matter? What is the status?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay. I want to be sure I understand. When was the matter referred to the RCMP? When we saw each other a month ago, there was no mention of that.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
When are you going to send us those files? When can we get them?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
Have any other agencies been made aware of these cases, such as the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman or the Union of Veterans' Affairs Employees?
I am directing my question to you, Mr. MacAuley, or Mr. Harris.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
Mr. MacAuley, you were presented with the file and given an update. I guess there was some new information, other than the four mistakes that were found.
Did the fourth mistake make you decide to entrust the RCMP with this?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
When exactly was the employee suspended?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Does one of the deputy ministers know?
I assume that you had to interview people. So how long ago was the employee suspended?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
He is suspended, if I understand correctly.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
I'm surprised that this information is not public given the three incidents that have been added. Normally, we would be made aware of this. It's public. All of his colleagues know. He's either on sick leave or suspended, or he has resigned.
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