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View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Minister, for being here. We don't always have the best of luck getting ministers to come here to protect their plans and priorities or their estimates, so I'm happy to see you today.
I'd like to ask a question about the search and rescue RFP. Mr. Perry is, as you know, a well-known expert. He said that the fact that the request for proposal, the RFP, is out is a good sign. But that RFP has been out before and nothing has moved on it. Can you give us assurances that something actually will be done about search and rescue vehicles in this country?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Obviously, this is an important issue. We're talking about the safety of Canadians. Can you say anything to reassure Canadians that there will actually be vehicles in operation in the near future?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
In operation.
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Moving on to personnel, necessary expertise in the Canadian military, there seems to be money there, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of hiring going on. For example, industry watchers have said that the military has lost many skilled workers in cutbacks in the previous decades.
Can you tell me if there's a strategy in place to come to some kind of analysis and some kind of progress with regard to making sure that we have the expertise necessary in the military?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay.
Regarding the relocation contract that is renewed year after year with Royal LePage and the CIBC, without a call for tenders—we know that the government was to pay $30 million for discriminatory treatment, and that the contract in question was to expire in 2014.
What has Public Works and Government Services Canada done since that decision was handed down? Are there new adjudication practices, for instance with regard to the management of the Integrated Relocation program?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Did you study the problem that existed in the past? Is the department sure that it will have an open, fair bidding process with reasonable and competitive criteria? Can you give us some ideas of the analysis that was done of that dossier?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Concerns have been raised about the security issues for Shared Services Canada particularly with regard to Bell's involvement. I'd like to know what you have to say about that. Do you think that Bell, for example, has the necessary expertise? How are you ensuring that data is being protected while this transition is going on?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
I'm sorry to interrupt you. Thanks for the context, but I'd like to know what is being done practically to ensure the safety of data.
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Are you confident that the players at the table, Bell, Microsoft, and so on have a good sense of what our security needs are with regard to data, particularly within the public service and in serving the public?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Canadians will be watching; there's no doubt about it. As you know, there have been events in the past where viruses have caused servers to crash. Hopefully, you've taken that experience into consideration as you go forward.
Let me ask a question of the minister.
A few weeks ago, I asked you some questions about the situation in Phase III of the Place du Portage building, in connection with the presence of Legionnaire's disease-related bacteria. You answered me in the House. You did not deny that there was a problem. You said that the level of risk was low, but you did not address the issue of the delay between when these bacteria were found, and when the public servants who work in these offices were well informed.
Have you examined the situation since? Can you reassure these public servants who, as you know, live in my riding and in the National Capital Region? What have you done to guarantee to these people that, in the coming weeks, they are going to be working in a safe and healthy environment?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
My concern isn't so much the fact that there's been an analysis. I commend you for that diligence. It's a matter of the delay in informing the public servants when it did happen.
Have you looked at what happened there?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
There's what I would call a considerable amount of confusion within the public service with regard to how Shared Services Canada is going to result in efficiencies for them. What's being done to inform them about the changes that are coming?
I have a follow-up question to that, but we'll start there.
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
When I speak to public servants, almost all of them say that what was good about the old system, particularly when it came to email, was that it was responsive to differing needs—I'm sure that's not the first time you've heard that—and that there's a considerable amount of fear with regard to going to shared services, because they're going to lose that kind of flexibility. They're going to lose what they need that is specific to their workplace and specific, even, to their category or job.
What can you tell them to reassure them that this kind of one-size-fits-all system is going to actually allow them to do their job more efficiently?
View Mathieu Ravignat Profile
NDP (QC)
Turning to the delays, are there financial repercussions with regard to the contract between you and Bell with regard to these delays? Are they getting off scot-free?
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