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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Madam Chair, we submitted names, and other names were added. That's why I want to know where my name is on the list.
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Pardon me, Madam Chair, but I was asking a question.
My name is on the list, but I'd like to know where it is on the list. Is it fourth or fifth, for example?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
This will take about five minutes.
The first time I spoke on this committee, hopes were high. We sit on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and we must be accountable, honest and transparent.
We took a break and it was good to see each other again, even though we are now very far away from each other.
Having said that, I was not able to speak at the last meeting, but I was very disappointed in a lot of things. Since the pandemic began, we have been told we need to act quickly and what we are going through is unprecedented. I agree, but what would happen if the committee, which is responsible for quickly shedding light on an issue, were unable to do so? We all have the ability to get to the bottom of this quickly, to help people who have needs and to make sure that the rules are followed.
I attended both meetings of the Standing Committee on Finance on this issue. Given everything we heard, it is important—to me, I am brand new—that, day by day, the perspective changes. For several days, my constituents have been calling and asking me what is going on.
As I said earlier in the House, the—I do not want to use the word "ordinary" here—administrators volunteering at an association for their children "have to disclose any personal information that could lead to a potential conflict of interest." You and I are the first to disclose any potential conflict of interest. Folks have asked why it is that members of the government, who are not overseeing evening educational events for their children, but, rather, managing billions of taxpayer dollars, do not do it too. I told them that they were absolutely right, that they cannot simply stand by and watch what's going on, and that we must take action.
I believe I have now been speaking for five minutes.
We are discussing the subamendment and we need to get to the bottom of the issue. Anyway, what is there to hide? We must be accountable.
You will have gathered that I support Mr. Kurek's subamendment.
Thank you.
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I must respond to what I just heard and to what I have heard in recent meetings of the Standing Committee on Finance. In fact, Mr. Morneau just appeared before the committee, and we learned that Mr. Trudeau will be paying the Standing Committee on Finance a visit. I don't understand what is going on here, because this is no small political matter or a minor offence. Consequently, it's important to me that I tell you I will be putting forward a motion.
May I read it now, Madam Chair? We can discuss it later.
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
I can't hear anything.
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 17:18
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Could you speak a little bit louder, please, Madam Chair?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Perfect.
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Does that mean I can read it?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Excellent.
I will read it out, because it's still an oral motion: “In view of the admissions of the Minister of Finance to having obtained remuneration from ‘WE Charity’ and to having placed himself in a conflict of interest, the committee requests his immediate resignation.”
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Madam Clerk, can you read it in French as well?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
It's wonderful that we are able to talk this much, but these opportunities do not last long.
If I understand correctly, we took the time to consider the issue from all angles for our constituents. Considering that we have managed to unanimously move forward, I hope that we will remain open-minded during the discussion leading up to the vote, but I feel we could raise new points, rather than repeat what has already been said at our last two meetings. I know that we are capable of doing it.
The next speaker can have the floor, because I'm ready to vote.
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Madam Chair, I understood that we agreed that, once we had dealt with this motion, the amendment and all that, I would be next.
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Good afternoon.
My first question is for Ms. Senior.
Ms. Senior, I listened carefully to your comments. What you are doing is highly commendable. I have a few simple questions for you.
I am trying to establish whether there is a connection. Were you contacted by the WE organization?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
In the course of its activities, has your foundation ever received a government grant?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
How much federal government funding have you received to date?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Ms. Senior.
I now have a few questions for Mr. Singh.
Mr. Singh, you talked about the mechanisms and so on. Let me give you a few moments to tell us more, since you had very little time earlier.
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Singh.
Given your expertise, can you tell us the difference between a call for tenders and a contribution agreement by the federal government?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Do I still have time for one last question, Mr. Chair?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Singh, in your opinion, does the public service have everything it needs to manage this program?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:32
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I just want a little clarification about the testimony we have just heard. The interpreter was talking about $350 million to three different parties. Were you talking about three political parties or three third parties? What exactly were you referring to?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:33
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Yes, that's right.
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:33
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You were talking about three parties. Were you talking about political parties? What were you talking about?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:33
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So you are talking about three entities. That was the clarification I wanted. Thank you, Mr. Singh. I didn't want to interrupt you, but I wanted that clarification.
I will now turn to you, Ms. Krause.
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:33
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Ms. Krause, a number of things have emerged from your testimony, including the exchange of confidential information, an issue that concerns me. I understand that you cannot give us all the sources, but are there documentary or other sources that you can share with us to support your testimony on the amount of information that WE has and that could be communicated?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:34
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Okay.
Can you name some of the articles, documents, financial statements or other sources that you have right away?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:34
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Do you have any documentation on the personal information held by WE that could be sold or communicated in one way or another to third parties, such as Microsoft? For example, WE is going to help young students. Could information such as addresses, phone numbers and emails be sold or shared with WE sponsors?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:35
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Okay, thank you.
How long have you been following the activities of WE?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:36
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You are a researcher and an author. In the course of your regular activities, have you had to do any specific research on the WE network and all the organizations associated with it?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:36
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Let me clarify my question. There are four, five or even more entities linked to WE. I don't know exactly which ones, but I think the WE Charity Foundation and ME to WE are among them.
Have you looked further into the connection between the different entities that are linked to WE?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 13:36
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Do you have a report on that? If so, is it possible to see it?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 14:40
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We agree.
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 14:41
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Did you try to make a limited, simplified call for tenders? Did you consider that possibility?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 14:41
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Did you consider the possibility of a streamlined call for tenders with short deadlines? Did you consider that?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2020-07-22 14:42
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With all due respect, Mr. Minister, I understand what you are telling me. As you say yourself, the public service made a recommendation. I am telling you that you are the decision-maker. You are the minister. It is not your daughter, your spouse, your secretary or your assistant. You are the minister. You make the decision. You knew there was a possibility of a simpler tender with short deadlines. You are saying that they probably thought about it, but why didn't you? Is there a reason you didn't ask for it?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 14:43
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My understanding is that the Minister of Finance did not insist and did not even propose a simpler call for tenders.
Mr. Minister, I will move on to another question because time is running out.
I have been told that the public service did its due diligence on WE. We have learned that it is not solvent, or if it is, it has a lot of debt. All sorts of things are coming out.
At the Department of Finance, did you do your due diligence? Before awarding a management contract worth close to $1 billion, did you try to find out who WE was?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 14:44
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Did you read the due diligence report before making your decision?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2020-07-22 14:44
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Did you read the due diligence report before making the decision at the cabinet table?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2020-07-22 14:45
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Thank you.
Mr. Minister, I understand that you did not read the due diligence report.
Did I understand correctly?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2020-07-22 14:45
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Thank you, Mr. Minister.
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Good afternoon, Mr. Morneau.
I am not sure whether you heard my comments earlier in the House, but I have a lot of questions, as do all our constituents, about transparency and good judgment. People often ask me how this $1 billion contract was awarded under a contribution agreement, when volunteer directors are required to disclose any conflict of interest or appearance of conflict of interest.
Could you enlighten me, because I do not know what to say to my constituents, since there was clearly a major failure?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Morneau, let me say that your situation may not have been well known, but that everyone was aware of Mr. Trudeau's situation, if only because Ms. Grégoire had just returned from London and had contracted COVID-19 as well.
Was there no one in cabinet who focused on this and wondered whether this situation should be disclosed?
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View Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Morneau.
I have one last question—
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2020-07-22 15:44
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Everything is fine now, Mr. Chair.
This is too much technology for me.
Mr. Chair, as I was saying, the meeting of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics starts at 4 p.m. and we had planned to finish ours at 3 p.m. However, it is taking longer and we are now 40 minutes behind schedule.
Are we scheduled to stop this meeting at 4 p.m., given the meeting of the next committee? What is the plan?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 15:44
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2020-07-22 15:49
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Kovacevic, you talked about a meeting that took place on the evening of April 18, during which WE was proposed. However, you don't remember whether you or someone else proposed it. You said that you were not sure, but that you remember that everyone agreed. Is that correct?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 15:49
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Okay.
Could you tell me who was present at that meeting?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2020-07-22 15:50
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Once you have checked, could you send us a copy of the document with the list of names, whether it's the minutes or another document? Is that possible for you?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-22 15:50
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If I understand correctly, there were five of you at that meeting: Rachel Wernick, yourself, a person named Suzy, whose last name I forget, and two other people. Is that correct? Were there four or five people there?
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View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2020-07-22 15:50
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I would like to know how many people were with you.
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