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View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Minister, thank you for being here today.
In order to have useful information or useful data, how many times a day would a Canadian citizen's cellphone need to be pinged in order to be valuable to PHAC?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
You're missing the point of my question, Minister.
If my phone was pinged at 3:00 a.m., once a day, you would find it consistently on my nightstand, beside my bed. It would be of little to no value in the managing of COVID-19.
My question is this: In order for the data to be useful, how many times a day would a Canadian's cellphone location have to be provided to the government in order to make an effective decision? How many data points are there per day?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
If you don't know how many times a day a Canadian cellphone is being tracked, how do you know the data is useful? Like I said before, if we're only pinging that phone once a day, how can you be making informed decisions about Canadians' whereabouts or their movements? How many times a day would you need to know where somebody is in order to usefully track people moving around and curb the spread of COVID‑19?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
You talked a lot about de-identified data. Are you talking about data in its purest form? Do you actually have raw data points?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
De-identified data.... Data is stored in bits and bytes or ones and zeros on a medium. When you delete a file, Minister—and you don't have to have a Ph.D. in computer systems technology or computer science to know this—all you delete is the link on the file allocation table that references the data on the stored medium. Anybody with any skill whatsoever—anybody under the age of 35 today—could probably go back and look at any particular data point on a data medium and re-identify data. It's not a complicated thing to do.
Minister, what assurances can you provide to this committee and to Canadians that their information cannot be re-identified?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
In your briefing at the start, you mentioned that the information you have would be useful for other levels of government. Has the Public Health Agency of Canada shared this information with other agencies provincially or municipally, or with any other actors, since you've come into possession of this data?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
This is a quick question for Mr. Allison.
As the chief data officer, you are responsible for the care and control of the data, but you would not just go and collect data from any source unless you were directed to do so. Who directed you to go and get that information?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Allison, I'm not talking about the current RFP or the withdrawn RFP. I'm talking about the initial data. Somebody would have directed your organization or your portion of the organization to get the data. I'm simply asking who it was.
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. Thank you.
Dr. Tam, thank you for being here.
In my question for you, I will follow up on my line of questioning that the minister evaded. He did not tell me how many data points a day we would need from an average Canadian's cellphone in order to be effective. Mr. Green has asked a question as to whether or not there were any rubrics for the collection of this information to make it useful.
My question for you is, did the Public Health Agency of Canada buy information for which we didn't have any rubrics about how many times a day an individual's phone was pinged, having had no actual input into the scientific information-gathering process? Am I accurate in that statement?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
Thank you, Commissioner. I have just a few questions. I don't mean to put you in a hypothetical situation, but given the discussions we've had here, I do have a few concerns.
I'm going to follow up on something Ms. Romanado brought up about the book she received. Would you perceive a difference between her keeping the book and her not keeping the book? Do you receive a gift if you don't keep it or if you do keep it? How would you expect members of Parliament to quantify or qualify that for the purpose of meeting the threshold?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
I don't know at what point I, as an MP, accept something. Do I accept it when my staff member picks it up in the mail room? Do I accept it when my staff member brings it through the threshold of my office door? Do I accept it when my staff member sets it upon my desk and it sits there for three months before I even acknowledge it?
There are a lot of questions about this, given the arbitrary nature of the $30 and $200 limits. I'm not going to argue your definition of “arbitrary” because there are always arbitrary things. I am worried, though, as your answers seem to indicate that I would have to return the book rather than just dispose of it. If I choose to just throw it in the recycle bin, have I kept the gift? Do I need to track that $28, in that particular example given by Mrs. Romanado? If I get a subsequent book that I choose to keep for $28, I now have a book that I've disposed of and a book that I kept and the combined value of them would put me above a threshold, even though I didn't keep one of the books and I didn't return it.
I understand the office has the ability to differentiate these things. We're all intelligent people. I am concerned that if we go down too many of these rabbit holes, we will find ourselves, as reputable and honourable members of the House of Commons, in situations where we're answering ridiculous questions from reporters and others about our integrity—through no fault of our own and through no fault of yours in the course of your duties. I'm very much concerned about that.
I'll just leave that with you.
I'm going to move on to the family portion. I don't know or I don't recall, but it would seem to me, as a member of Parliament who represents several thousand first nation people that their definition of who they call “family members” is substantially different in their culture than what my family definition would be. I know this is about the code, but does the definition in the act that you're asking to have put in the code account for that type of differentiation should a member of the first nations community be elected to the House of Commons?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you so much, Commissioner.
Madam Chair, through you, my next question would be—
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
If a member of Parliament, in using digital or social media, uses a number of hashtags or so on to say that they were at a charitable event for this charity, or they were at an event for this business in their riding, or they were using this type of equipment that they typically use to do whatever they might do, and then ended up working for one of those organizations in the period after their employment as a member of Parliament, how would the office of the Ethics Commissioner view the use? Would using those hashtags and so on be viewed as a furtherance of interest during a post-parliamentary career?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
To the folks here today, thank you so much for taking the time.
I've never had an opportunity to ask any questions about this. I just celebrated my 16th anniversary as a member of Parliament a few days ago, and I'm happy to ask a few questions here. I'm hoping my career is long enough that I'll see my way back to Centre Block.
When did the shovels first hit the ground? Can you remind me of the date that happened?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. It was 2020.
I didn't see in any of the presentation a PERT chart, a Gantt chart, or any elevations.... It seems to me, from the discussions we're having here, that we started a reconstruction process without actually knowing what the final project will look like. Am I missing something?
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