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CPC (AB)
Madam Chair, I think that Ed pretty well summed up the issues that I had with this as well. There is also the fact that if you get an unpopular ruling according to what you particularly want to have, and then you keep bringing it back and bringing it back, that is not the way this committee, or any committee, should operate.
The chair and the Speaker ruled. I could get into the provincial jurisdiction, but I think Ed's handled that pretty well. That's my only comment.
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
I would just like to ask a question. I don't think it was this panel. I think it was the one previous to this that indicated that the actual people who sit on the board, one of the three, calls the client before the meeting, talks to him, and tries to influence their decision to go ahead. Has it been your experience that the people on these appeal boards have done that type of thing?
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
What we heard earlier was that one of the referees actually called one of the people who was going to be there to appeal, before the meeting took place, to try to dissuade them from appealing. I believe that's what the blues will say.
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
Well, I appreciate your clarifying that.
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, both of you, for clarifying that.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
[Inaudible--Editor]...four.
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Being a million-miler with Air Canada, I should focus on the pilots, I guess, and make sure they're doing their job properly, but I'm going to focus on our folks here from the military.
General, you did lead into a bit about what it would take for the military to change the present situation in order to test everybody for each job they have and make sure they are capable. The fact that your mandate is dictated to the military from the government and the tasks that we ask you to perform can change very rapidly, whether they involve getting ready to go to Haiti tomorrow or getting ready to go to Afghanistan for 10 years, or doing the job we ask you to do...you have to be ready to do that and the training that goes into that.
I know from experience, from going to where our troops are deployed, that whatever job they are doing, whether they are a mechanic, a clerk, or whatever, or whether they're in a combat unit, they all carry a weapon. They all have to use it, and they all better be ready to use it and be capable of doing so. That aspect of what you indicated is important.
I just want to zero in on the safety concerns there would be for the armed forces if this bill were implemented, and also on your ability to recruit and retain at a level to replace.... I don't know if there's a bubble in the military the way there is in the rest of the working world, such that in the next number of years there's going to be a large number of people leaving and you'll have to be ready to fill those vacancies or be able to still carry on the mandate, whether or not you fill the individual job or whatever.
Maybe you could just talk a bit about that and the safety concerns it would create for our men and women in uniform, and also the ability to replenish and recruit.
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
I guess we're out of time.
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
I'm calling for the question on the motion.
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Madam Chair. Thank you all for being here this morning.
I'm going to direct my questions to Mr. Griffith and Ms. Usher. I don't suppose we have to tell you that members of Parliament do get the odd immigration case in our offices, and every once in a while they're tied to an adoption from a foreign country. Certainly we've all been through that.
Mr. Griffith, I'm encouraged to see that you're going to put a comprehensive plan on your website for people to use. This will help not only adoptive parents but our offices as well. I suppose it will cut down on some of the phone calls.
It's a confusing issue. We just dealt with one in my riding. The people were able to work through it, and it came to a good conclusion, with a couple of young children coming out of Africa. There were lawyers involved. Sometimes they're domestic; sometimes they're foreign. We have officers and embassies around the world analyzing cases. It's critical to be careful that these children can be legally adopted, and I understand that aspect of it. The time involved, the emotions that are triggered as soon as Canadian parents find a child they want to adopt in another country--it all becomes very emotional.
I don't know how you pick these folks to work in our embassies, or how they're trained. But it seems to me that when a decision is made by one of your officers, you pretty much stick to it. Very little can be done after that to open the case or have it reviewed.
How do you see the process working when there's a question on a decision by one of your officers?
View Rick Casson Profile
CPC (AB)
Sometimes there's a question of the interpretation of the laws, whether it's the Hague convention or whatever. Sometimes we don't know how the local laws of the country apply to the situation. This is something we got into. I guess you can never get two lawyers to agree on anything, but they had different interpretations of the law. It seemed that they were at loggerheads and nobody would back up. One said it should be one way; the other said it should be another way. Who, in the end, has priority? Is it the country where the child is coming from?
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CPC (AB)
I have a couple of minutes left for you, Jeff.
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CPC (AB)
Thank you.
This commissioner's directive 860 on inmate's money, is this a pretty comprehensive document, or is it pretty simple? Is this something you could share with the committee?
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