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View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
View Andrew Scheer Profile
2020-07-21 14:18 [p.2689]
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Mr. Speaker, this is the third time the Prime Minister has been embroiled in a scandal. Once again, he thought the rules did not apply to him and rewarded an organization that paid members of his family $300,000 and gave him a huge political platform.
Canadians have had enough. They want to know the truth.
My question is simple. Will the Prime Minister appear before the Standing Committee on Finance, yes or no?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-07-21 14:18 [p.2689]
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Mr. Speaker, we have received the invitation and are considering it. However, I am very happy to be here in the House today to answer questions, as I will tomorrow, when opposition members can ask me all the questions they want.
As I noted, the public service completely independently recommended the WE Charity to provide opportunities to students. I should have recused myself from the decision. I did not, and I am sorry about that.
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View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
View Andrew Scheer Profile
2020-07-21 14:20 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, this is not about just a simple recusal. Here we have an organization that has paid cash to the Prime Minister's family and given him and other senior Liberals a massive political platform. That organization got in trouble after gobbling up millions of dollars' worth of prime Toronto real estate and breaking its bank covenant. It then lobbied the government for a tailor-made program that it would be able to take an administration fee for managing. The government did it even one better and came up with an even bigger program and gave it a sole-source contract, and the Prime Minister would have us all believe this is a massive coincidence.
Will the Prime Minister do the right thing and show up to testify at committee?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-07-21 14:20 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, during this unprecedented pandemic we put out billions of dollars to support Canadians young and old, workers, employers and entrepreneurs to make it through this particular challenge that is hitting us all extremely hard. We put forward a $9-billion package for students that included deferral of student loans, direct support through jobs, the Canada summer jobs program and jobs in COVID-affected sectors. We have continued to look for ways to encourage volunteerism. We will continue to stay focused on the things that matter to students and to all Canadians.
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View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
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2020-07-21 14:21 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, it is so gross and disgusting that the Prime Minister keeps using the pandemic as an excuse for his corruption. The very first act the Prime Minister did when the pandemic hit was try to give himself unprecedented power and eliminate the role of the opposition in Parliament. Now we know why, because when the Liberals are pushing $300 billion worth of deficit out the door, they will stop and take the time to reward their friends. That is the essence of the Liberal Party under the current Liberal Prime Minister. I do not even have a question. It is just disgusting.
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-07-21 14:21 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, one would think that, when the House of Commons is about to pass legislation worth over $50 billion to help businesses with an extension of the wage subsidy, there might be a question from the opposition on that or on anything it wants to bring forward.
The fact of the matter is we remain focused on giving Canadians the support they need to get through this challenging pandemic. We will look creatively and carefully at different ways of supporting students and elders, and we will keep doing that for all Canadians.
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View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
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2020-07-21 14:22 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, that is right, there is nothing to see here. Just move on. Do not ask any of the tough questions about the relationship with an organization that paid members of his family cash, that took administration fees for running sole-source contracts after breaking its bank covenants and having members of its board resign.
Now the Prime Minister is trying to hide behind the public service on this one, but I would like to ask him a very simple question. On what basis would the public service have made its recommendation that WE was the only organization that could deliver this program?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-07-21 14:22 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, when we came forward with the idea of supporting young people who would want to be involved and serve their communities across the country, we as a government came forward and looked to see young people serving their country. The public service took a look at the ways it could deliver that program and determined that the WE organization was the only one that could deliver that program, as ambitious as it was, for this summer. That was the recommendation made by the non-partisan public service.
Of course, as I apologized for, I should have recused myself because of the connection with my family, but that does not take away from the fact that the public service recommended that organization.
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View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
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2020-07-21 14:23 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, here is what the watchdog Charity Intelligence said about that claim: “I'm not sure how you would assess the charity's track record or capability to do this if it had not previously done such work in the past”. The Prime Minister's explanation just does not hold up.
There are two camps developing in the Liberal Party. On the one hand we have the foreign affairs minister, who wisely took a barge pole and separated himself from the scandal, saying that it was a mistake and he did not know anything about it. Then we have the deputy prime minister, who had no problem showing Liberal faithful that she was willing to defend her leader.
I would ask the deputy prime minister what it would take for her to lose confidence in the scandal-plagued Prime Minister.
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-07-21 14:24 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, every step of the way our government has been looking to support Canadians through this unprecedented pandemic. Yes, we have put tens of billions of dollars, hundreds of billions of dollars into the pockets of Canadians, workers, families, entrepreneurs and people working all across the country who are challenged with this pandemic.
We looked for ways to support students as well through summer jobs, through creating new jobs in various industries, but also through encouraging volunteerism and service to this country. We will continue to look for ways to support Canadians right across the country through this difficult time.
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View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
2020-07-21 14:24 [p.2690]
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Mr. Speaker, some time ago, there was a fairly entertaining exchange with the Prime Minister about the Liberal Party's difficulties and its need for the wage subsidy.
Yesterday, in committee, a Liberal member indicated that the Liberal Party is indeed in trouble. I believe it. Finances are likely not the reason, but I think this is true because the Prime Minister is too busy dealing with matters that have nothing to do with managing the Canadian government.
Could we start by not giving the wage subsidy to the Liberal Party?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-07-21 14:25 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, I want to assure the hon. member that our government remains 100% focused on Canadians.
Our government will remain focused on the work we need to do for Canadians every day, and that includes the $19-billion safe restart agreement that we signed with the provinces and territories last week and the $50 billion we are approving today in the House for the wage subsidy.
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View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-07-21 14:26 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, they cannot buy their way out of a crisis, and just because they are spending a lot does not mean they are spending wisely.
The Prime Minister is obviously busy, very busy, probably much too busy with many other things to manage the COVID-19 crisis.
Without making assumptions about the result of the investigations, exchanges, discussions and committees, should he not temporarily, because his mind is on other things, let the Deputy Prime Minister stand in for him?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-07-21 14:26 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, as I just said, last week we signed a historic agreement with the provinces for assistance to safely restart the economy as we deal with COVID-19.
This very day, we are providing more assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses with $50 billion in wage subsidies.
At every step, despite the opposition's preoccupation with one particular issue, we have been working on matters of concern to Canadians and we will continue to provide assistance to Canadians every day.
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-07-21 14:27 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, as a government, we are there to support young Canadians. We are there to support seniors, workers and families during this crisis.
We wanted to help students by giving them opportunities to serve. The public service recommended choosing the WE Charity to provide youth across Canada with tens of thousands of opportunities. We accepted that recommendation, but yes, I should have recused myself from that decision because of the ties with my family, and I apologize for not doing so.
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View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-07-21 14:28 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, apologizing means nothing if the Prime Minister keeps on breaking the rules to help his wealthy friends.
Here are the facts. The Prime Minister's family has earned over $300,000 in speaking fees from this organization. WE officials have said that they do not normally pay speakers a fee. On top of that, giving a billion dollars to create a brand new program makes no sense when there are so many existing ways to help students that are faster and that are proven. Will the Prime Minister admit that this was never about helping students, and that it was always about helping his wealthy friends?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-07-21 14:28 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, it is a shame to see such cynicism from the NDP in regard to supporting students. We had put forward a $9-billion package for students. It included the deferral of student loans, the creation of new jobs in sectors affected by COVID, the enhancement of the summer jobs program, and many other things to support students and student organizations.
On top of that, we saw an opportunity to encourage service and volunteerism and to create opportunities for the tens of thousands of young people who want to step up during this pandemic. This is something we believe in deeply and something that this government will continue to work on.
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View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
View John Brassard Profile
2020-07-21 14:29 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, what is disgusting about the WE scandal is that the Prime Minister's wife, mother and brother were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by WE, and, knowing this, the Prime Minister did not recuse himself from the decision to give WE $912 million.
I am sure the Prime Minister is grateful that the Deputy Prime Minister proclaimed she still has confidence in him, while another minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, is doing everything he can to distance himself from the PM's latest ethical scandal. Will the Minister of Public Services and Procurement tell us which cabinet camp is she in?
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-07-21 14:30 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, what is clear is that our government is focused on delivering for Canadians. We know that this is an unprecedented and challenging time. We know that Canadians are struggling. We know that COVID-19 has impacted all Canadians. Certain communities have been impacted disproportionately, and students are no exception.
When it comes to the investigation from the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, we will be working with his office.
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View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
View John Brassard Profile
2020-07-21 14:30 [p.2691]
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Mr. Speaker, we already know which camp the minister of diversion, sorry, the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth is in, but the Prime Minister's family was on the WE payroll when the decision was made by cabinet to award a sole-source contract of $912 million.
My question is for the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Which camp is he in? Is he in the camp of the Deputy Prime Minister, who has confidence in the Prime Minister, or is he in the camp of the global affairs minister, who is distancing himself from the Prime Minister's latest ethical scandal?
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-07-21 14:31 [p.2692]
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Mr. Speaker, our government's focus is clear. It is on Canadians and delivering for Canadians. That is what we do on this side of the House. The Conservatives can choose to play their politics of division. That will not be our focus. We are in the midst of a pandemic. We are not out of the woods yet. We need to deliver for Canadians, and that is exactly what we will do.
The $9-billion suite of programs we put forward for students was the right thing to do, and I think it is really great that we are talking about legislation today and debating legislation that is going to help small businesses, communities and people with disabilities. No matter the delays the Conservatives cause, we will remain focused on Canadians.
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View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2020-07-21 14:31 [p.2692]
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Mr. Speaker, the close ties between the Prime Minister and WE Charity stink of hypocrisy.
The Prime Minister is under investigation by the Ethics Commissioner for the third time. Many of his ministers, whom he misled in cabinet, are starting to lose patience.
Does the Minister of Economic Development still have confidence in the Prime Minister?
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2020-07-21 14:32 [p.2692]
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Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister seems to be muzzling members of his own cabinet. I would have really liked to hear the Minister of Rural Economic Development give her answer. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs seems to always have confidence in the Prime Minister, but the Minister of Foreign Affairs seems to be becoming increasingly uncomfortable with this new scandal.
Does the Minister of Transport still have confidence in the Prime Minister?
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-07-21 14:32 [p.2692]
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Mr. Speaker, as I said many times, we will continue to respond to the needs of Canadians and ensure that they have the programs and resources they need during this pandemic. We are certain that, if we all work together, we can assure Canadians that they will have all the resources they need.
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View Michael Barrett Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, as we have heard, the Prime Minister is being investigated now for a third time, this time for his $43-million bailout for his buddies at the WE organization. He has spent the last five years dividing Canadians, but now we are seeing the divide in his own caucus and cabinet.
Some cabinet ministers have had enough of the Prime Minister, and I want to find out from the infrastructure minister which side she is on.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-07-21 14:33 [p.2692]
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Mr. Speaker, it is clear that on this side of the House our focus is on Canadians and ensuring that they have the programs and resources they need. We know that Canadians are struggling and that all Canadians have been impacted by COVID-19, and certain communities have been impacted even more. That is why our focus is on ensuring that Canadians have the supports they need, and why one of the first things we did was come out with the Canada emergency response benefit. It has helped millions of Canadians in their time of need. Our government will continue to focus on them to ensure that they have the programs and resources to get through this challenging time.
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View Michael Barrett Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, we know where the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth sits on this issue. She was at committee last week and gave a misleading and incomplete answer in response to questions as part of the cover-up of this latest scandal, so as part of the Prime Minister's muzzling of his cabinet, she is back on her feet today. We know that the Deputy Prime Minister has come out in favour of the Prime Minister, but the foreign affairs minister not so much.
So, let us find out from the Liberals. Let us see how they have decided which team they are on.
To the immigration minister, is he with the Prime Minister's cover-up?
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-07-21 14:35 [p.2692]
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Mr. Speaker, we are in an unprecedented time and Canadians are facing challenges. Our government is here to respond to them, and we will remain focused on them.
As the Minister of Youth, I speak with numerous organizations. When I was asked to appear at committee, at the first opportunity I was there to ensure that questions were being answered.
As I have stated, it was an unsolicited proposal and it was not the CSSG. The opposition member can continue to mislead Canadians, unfortunately. We should demand better, and our government will focus on Canadians.
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
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