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View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Mr. Chair, I want to take this opportunity to move another motion, for which notice was given on Friday. The clerk is about to distribute it. This also has to deal with the subject of conflicting testimony that was given at this committee in March of this year versus what was given at the commission.
The motion is as follows:
That the Chair, on behalf of the Committee, contact the Ontario Provincial Police demanding an immediate response regarding their testimony before the Committee on March 24, 2022, where they identified possible security threats in relation to the Freedom Convoy, which runs in apparent contradiction to their testimony before the Public Order Emergency Commission on October 19, 2022.
I won't take much time, Mr. Chair.
On March 24, during my final two and a half minutes, I asked Ottawa Interim Chief of Police Bell, “at the time...did you feel that it was a national security threat? When you received those assessments, did your police officers feel that was a viable national security threat?”
Chief Bell referenced intelligence experts, and then he said he was going to defer the question to OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique. OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique answered, “Thank you, Chief Bell. Through you, Mr. Chair, we did identify it as a threat to national security, through the provincial operations intelligence bureau, on or about February 7.” He repeated that same answer in a reply to Mr. Sameer Zuberi, who was a member of our committee at that time, and he did, again, reiterate that they identified it collectively as a risk to national security.
Mr. Chair, if you contrast that with one of the commissioner's deputies who, on October 19, asserted that it was not a direct threat to national security.... I'm quite troubled that the very same police force is giving one answer to the public order commission but a completely different answer earlier in the year to a committee of the House of Commons.
I think, Mr. Chair, that this committee has to empower you to seek clarification on why those two wildly different testimonies were given.
I will end there, and I hope I can gain support from my colleagues for this motion.
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View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
I'd like to request a recorded vote.
(Motion agreed to: yeas 11; nays 0)
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View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
View Leah Gazan Profile
2022-10-24 17:27
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Thank you.
I think it's important to highlight this whole issue of corporate greed for the money that the government's leaving on the table for corporations and loopholes like the $30 billion that's being squirrelled away. To know that this is actually legal in Canada....
Meanwhile, the CRA is putting resources into executing a Canadian child benefit clawback from families who accessed CERB, often under duress, with encouragement from the current government to take it and deal with it later, knowing that the ones most affected right now are single parents with multiple children and knowing that the cost during the pandemic increased significantly in having to feed kids not just one time a day but 24 hours a day.
I think it's safe to say that for the money delivered to families in a time of crisis and under unclear rules, the onus shouldn't be placed on families that are already struggling. When you take that and couple it with high inflation right now, in trying to gouge back, the government isn't going to get this money back.
I'm wondering, David, if the CCPA would agree that the government's resources are better spent on closing loopholes corporations are availing themselves of, rather than going after single moms for a meagre amount of money and going after low-income families and single parents with multiple kids.
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:36
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Can you clarify how many employees you have?
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:36
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And you live here in Ontario?
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:37
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Do any of your contractors work outside of Canada?
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:37
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Not one subcontractor...? No one is outside of Canada.
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:37
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In terms of the commission you talked about, is that commission based on the $9 million? You're within 15% to 30% of the $9 million?
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:37
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Can you give us an idea? Are you up in the 30% or the 15%?
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:37
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You made, according to my math, between $1.35 million to $2.7 million between the two of you. You can't tell me what number in between that. Most people know how much they made.
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
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2022-10-20 16:37
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That's over two years for the two of you.
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:38
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Are you doing other contracts as well on top of this?
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:38
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Mr. Weber, do you have any idea of how much could have been saved by developing this capacity in-house rather than contracting out the development of this app?
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:38
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Do you see this as a systemic issue at the CBSA, where we see inflated contracts going to outside companies when they could be developed internally? Maybe you could speak about what needs to be done to ensure we can deliver services like this in-house and to make sure we're supporting unionized workers or hiring more unionized workers.
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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
View Gord Johns Profile
2022-10-20 16:39
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Within CBSA, how can we ensure that IT specialists are being hired as part of the union that works for the government and not hired on contract?
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