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View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Mr. Smith, I'd like to begin by coming back to the topic raised earlier by my colleague Mr. Lemire. He talked about your change in attitude since the June 20 meeting of this committee. I don't think you quite understand what this change in attitude represents. It wasn't just Mr. Lemire and I who noticed your attitude at the time. It was mentioned in many articles. Even some hockey associations noticed your tone and the way you trivialized the facts at that meeting by comparing cases of abuse within Hockey Canada to those in society in general. It really struck a chord.
A coach in my riding, a parent, heard, noticed and qualified your tone. We have the impression that it took a knife to your throat to appear today and to show much more sincerity. Unfortunately, the fact remains that it took a knife to your throat to change your attitude.
You also said that you produced a draft report and implemented the 11 recommendations in it today. Why not make that report more public? Why try, again, to hide all of this by using a sexual assault reserve fund, let alone what you've done to date?
We really feel like you've been more focused on protecting the image of Hockey Canada. That's really what this case is all about.
To reassure the victims, can you tell us what Hockey Canada's approach will be going forward?
What advice would you give to a parent who has heard their child talk about a case of abuse? What is the process for supporting a victim?
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
I will, of course.
Mr. Smith, I'll repeat the question I asked you during my turn in the last round.
If a player reports an assault, what steps should their parents or they take when reporting it?
How can we reassure silent victims that they will now be respected and heard by Hockey Canada and the other leagues represented at the table?
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Recommendations have already been made.
I'll start with the ones from Karen Phibbs.
Are you going to listen to them and hear them, finally, or are you going to continue to reject them as you've done before?
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Karen Phibbs gave you some recommendations and suggestions, which were apparently rejected.
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
These recommendations came from a woman.
I'll say it again: solutions and reports already exist. There was an open letter from 28 academics stating that studies on toxic masculinity in the world of sports, specifically in hockey, have been around for a very long time, if not decades.
However, this doesn't change. It takes incidents, as I said earlier, it takes a knife to the throat, serious incidents like the ones we've heard about. There have been incidents, not just in 2003 and 2018. There are plenty more.
Will you also consider what is already being done, the work that has been done for decades by researchers, as well as the proposals that are being made?
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Ruest and Ms. Mondou, thank you for being here today.
I listened carefully to what you said in your opening remarks and when you answered questions in the first two rounds of questions.
What struck me last June when Hockey Canada appeared before the committee was their lack of compassion. They were talking about rape as something that is commonplace, like it is elsewhere in society, and that really struck me.
In your testimony, what strikes me is the slowness to respond and the coincidences between the release of information, which was only done this year, and the actions that are starting to be taken when we've been made aware of certain things.
According to what you say, measures have been put in place since 2018. You say it's moving forward, but I'm struck by how slow the measures are.
Let's get back to societal aggression and trivialization. Can you tell me how many of these incidents were reported to Sport Canada in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and even this year?
In their remarks last June, Hockey Canada officials were talking about two incidents per year.
Is that accurate?
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Yes, that's what Hockey Canada told us last June.
Does that number seem accurate?
Is this a number you've also heard about for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, as well as for this year?
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
In 2018, in the days following the incident, Tom Renney of Hockey Canada said he notified Sport Canada of the allegations against players on the 2017‑18 National Junior Hockey Team.
For her part, the Minister of Sport, Pascale St‑Onge, stated that she was first informed on May 24, 2022 of sexual allegations against players in the 2017‑18 roster.
The allegations were made in 2017‑18. You say the department was made aware of this. However, the minister tells us that she was only informed on May 24, 2022. What does this tell us about the flow of information within your department and its response?
Earlier, Ms. Mondou, you talked about the code of ethics and the fact that it was not a requirement for funding. You say that you have tightened requirements and that you want more rules and safety in sport. However, despite what you knew, it took public disclosure of the incident last spring, in May or June, for the minister to finally act and decide to suspend funding.
What about parents' sense of security? In my riding, there is a hockey coach who is one of those who raised his voice to express the parents' concern after learning about the incident and the timeline of the event.
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
You mentioned the fund apparently set aside for sexual assault lawsuits.
You said that you were not aware that this fund had specifics related to sexual assault. However, based on the financial statements, you did not note anything about this that clarified this point.
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Hasn't there been any follow‑up over the years?
I'm trying to understand.
You are telling us that you are letting the investigation run its course. I would still like to come back to the type of follow‑up being done during the investigation. What type of follow‑up is there?
There are these instances of abuse, and you are aware of the allegations. What about the follow‑up you have done over the years? The investigation took four years to complete. Things can change over that length of time.
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Madam Chair, it is me, Ms. Larouche, who will be speaking.
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Minister, we had a chance to talk after Hockey Canada officials appeared before the committee in June. What struck me at the time was that they spoke of one or two cases of rape as something trivial, saying that it also happens in society. The word “trivialized” has also been used by parents and coaches, like François Lemay in Granby, who used the word and questioned the will to change.
What strikes me today, after hearing the representatives of Sport Canada, is the divide that exists between Sport Canada's reaction and the will that motivates you. My sense is that you are determined to turn things around. You have frozen Hockey Canada's funding; that's serious. However, it is something else entirely to let accusations like that drag on for four years. The Sport Canada representatives even said that the department should have perhaps intervened, when there was no follow‑up. This is stated as a possibility, when it should have been said in definite terms.
What are you going to do, to get your job done, given the divide that exists between your will to act and Sport Canada's reaction? The divide obviously exists, and that has been demonstrated today.
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Minister, the representatives of Sport Canada said they should have followed up. It could have been done. The department could have gotten information about the progress of the investigation, tried to follow up more closely on what was going on. The allegations, without all the details being known, were there. That could surely have been done, even with what was available to Sport Canada at the time and with the lack of representativeness, which you also mentioned.
I also welcome the statement of the women hockey players. For a true change of culture to happen, in terms of this toxic masculinity, the board of directors absolutely has to have more women to represent that point of view and prevent there being one more victim.
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
When there really is a will to change, what message are we sending about the importance of ensuring close follow‑up of cases, of taking measures and holding these people accountable? That is obviously what is missing: accountability on the part of the Hockey Canada executives.
How is it possible, now, to bring about a change of culture, given the present executives?
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