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View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I was hoping that Mr. Norlock would say what he really thinks today.
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
Hon. Diane Ablonczy: But I have to say I cannot disagree with anything he says and I won't be supporting this motion.
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
Having thought about a few words, I just want to say that I really have enjoyed this committee. I didn't know if I would or not when I was asked to sit on it, but I really have.
Randall, you've just been a real pleasure to work with. You're a gentleman, and your reasonableness and your good nature puts me to shame sometimes. I've really enjoyed it. Plus, I can go to you if I get stuck on crossword clues.
Rosane, I didn't know you before but I've really enjoyed working with you as well.
Elaine, we haven't worked together too much because you're new to this, but it's been a good committee.
Wayne is my favourite—a kind of favourite punching bag. He also has a really good nature. I know it's due to John's good influence, but I've enjoyed that for my colleagues here. It's just been a great committee.
I would just say in seriousness that although we have different perspectives on issues, in my heart I really urge all of us who are coming back, which will not include me, to just think about what's best for our country. I know there's always this yin and yang between privacy and human rights and security and vigilance, but the balance is not a small thing. It's so important. I just shudder when I see it's happening around the world. I think we cannot afford to be either naive or complacent. I don't know who is going to be on this committee after the election, but I just think what we do here is critical for the peace, order, and good government that our country deserves.
So, thank you, Mr. Chair, you've been wonderful. I didn't know what to expect from you but I think you're one of the best, if not the best, chairs I've worked with—and I've worked with a few. I really compliment you on that. What can I say about my colleagues? I better not say too much. Rosane and I have very different approaches but we have really come to appreciate each other and I think to be a really good working team.
As for my quiet, soft-spoken friend Rick, I should say that at the very first meeting we had, not of this committee but of our side, Rick and I butted heads hugely on an issue that I have forgotten, and he probably has too. But afterwards he came to me and he said, “I hope this isn't going to affect our working relationship.”
Do you remember that? I just said “Absolutely not. I think it's important that we have strong views and that we state them and that's the way we all get better.” So Rick, you're special. I have to tell you that Rick is married, surprisingly enough, to this absolutely drop-dead, gorgeous redhead. Who knew?
Some hon. members:Oh, oh!
Hon. Diane Ablonczy: LaVar isn't coming back so I'll let him speak for himself, but you probably know he was put on a different committee for a while and he missed you all so much that he lobbied and hollered and screamed until he got back. It's been great to work with you.
Ted is quiet. Ted has a lot of depth. You're going to serve your country extremely well. You're very smart, very thoughtful. Because I'm such a motor-mouth, I always admire people who can actually hold their fire and wait until they really know what's going on and then they press forward. Ted, you have my highest respect.
So those are my few words. I appreciate the clerk and the analysts and all who help make up this committee. You're the unseen force behind this committee—just to know you are appreciated.
I'm going to miss you all but I will be watching. Don't let the country down.
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
Yes, thank you.
I have a number of questions. I hope the answers will be brief.
I was struck by the difference in viewpoints that I heard from the most senior member of the opposition on this committee, who basically said that all we're talking about is a small group, if I understood correctly. Then he shook his finger in the face of one of our expert witnesses with deep knowledge and experience in this area saying, you know, “It wasn't very nice of you to say bad things about a Muslim group.”
It really harks back to—
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
Here we have an expert witness raising concerns about a particular group, and Mr. Garrison takes great exception to that, although he doesn't have the witness's depth of expertise. It seems to be that it is an example right here today of what Mr. Quiggin said, that political correctness, cultural relativism, and willful blindness to extremism are dangerous to Canada.
You know here we are, you're saying that we have deep networks of extremism. Both of you are saying that radicalization is a real issue here, but the public doesn't quite know who to believe. The opposition is saying, “Well, you know, this is just being unduly harsh or unfair to particular groups.”
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
The opposition saying that—
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
I appreciate that, Mr. Chair.
You know, why should Canadians care about that? Why should a soccer mom, a farmer, a fisherman, or a worker in a factory care about what we're talking about today? Why should they support the government's trying to keep people from travelling abroad?
I'd like to hear from both of you.
Mr. Quiggin, you haven't had much air time.
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
With respect, Mr. Chair—
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chairman, I have two minutes?
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
I believe my colleague has a question.
The Chair: Yes, Ms. James.
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
My friend Mr. Easter raised my eyebrows yet again. He served as a minister and I served as a minister, yet he says the government is the government is the government, suggesting that every minister knows everything about every other portfolio and that in no department has the minister a particular area of knowledge and expertise that they apply in the course of carrying out their duties.
Can you explain for my colleague, and maybe for me, the differences in knowledge and expertise between the Minister of Public Safety and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that would give them different responsibilities under this act?
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
I'm interested in the whole concept of a passport, period.
What is the purpose of a passport? Is it a right of every citizen to have a document? What responsibilities does it confer on the government? Does the government have some discretion as to whether to provide those services or protections to a travelling citizen?
View Diane Ablonczy Profile
CPC (AB)
I am a former minister of consular affairs. As part of what the government provides, if a Canadian citizen finds himself in distress while travelling abroad, the Government of Canada provides assistance and some services to a travelling Canadian.
If a Canadian is travelling abroad on a Canadian passport to fight with ISIS or to engage in other terrorist activities, how does this interface with the responsibility of government to bail them out if they get injured or get themselves in trouble?
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