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View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
We have not voted; we began the study in the House.
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
And the motion is not passed?
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
That's what I would call “putting the cart before the horse”.
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
I have one question that is more technical in nature, and a general comment to make as well. Under the heading, disclosure of interests and assets, you ask the following question: ...might a sworn statement from the member be sufficient as “adequate disclosure” [...] with repercussions for misrepresentation?
What exactly are you suggesting in the question? I am having trouble understanding what it means.
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
I think you have raised a number of interesting issues in your paper which deserve our consideration. I imagine that you would be available at a later date to answer our questions.
Something of interest to me is how you see your role. I think we're going to have to provide members of Parliament with a great deal of training from the very beginning, so that they will know how this works. In the past, we got no training on this when we arrived here, not even with respect to existing provisions, with the exception of the administrative regulations, which relate more to provisions of the Criminal Code. This is a subject that receives very little coverage in the training provided for new members of Parliament.
For your part, do you think significant improvement will be required in this regard?
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
[Editor's note: inaudible]
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
Will the names of all MPs be in the draw, even if they don't have anything on the Order Paper?
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
I have a problem with giving the Senate equal or similar treatment, because it seems to me there is a fundamental difference between the two institutions, and that has to be recognized. I do expect a private member's bill in the Senate to be treated differently from a Senate bill in the House of Commons, because the one house is elected and the other appointed. In a way, that also explains why there are discrepancies of this kind. I can see that senators may not be happy, but there are limits to their calls for reciprocity in this type of procedure. I, for one, am not comfortable with that.
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
I don't want to name any specific situations. We can talk about the general situation later on, but I'm not so sure that the permanent voter registry has really improved the situation as much as we are led to believe because of the many problems which arose in two Quebec ridings where by-elections were held. For instance, on one street, the people living in one house were registered with different polling stations. There were many problems. This riding had already had a lot of problems during the previous election. The situation does not seem to have improved. And since it was a by-election, that would have given you even more time to make sure everything went well.
During the last federal election, several ridings were extremely frustrated because of the poor quality of information and the fact that many people were not registered in the right place. By-elections were held two years later, but I don't feel that things have improved significantly.
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
You will have an interesting case, since there was a by-election in the same ridings some time ago. You will be able to make some comparisons in the ridings I'm talking about, in the Berthier region, for example.
We know that during a general election, you have less time to deal directly with problems yourself, and so it comes down to the competence of the local returning officers. There are some major quality problems in that area. I know that you will tell me that you are not responsible for appointing them.
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
Does he listen to you?
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
I will also raise it with you next time.
I would like to understand something in the process regarding...[Editor's Note: Inaudible]...of the map. You said that when you transmit the proposed order at the end, it must be adopted within five days. Does that mean that the government cannot make any changes, that it receives it and can only proclaim it?
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
Now that you have received all the reports, can you make any changes as you prepare the order, or...?
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
As you noted when you tabled the proposed code, better late than never. We now have a tool with some positive components. However, a number of questions also come to mind. My first question concerns the appointment of the Ethics Commissioner.
Both yourself and the Prime Minister have stated publicly on several occasions that the leaders of the opposition parties and a number of other individuals would be consulted on the choice of Commissioner. Why not include this stipulation in the legislation, to ensure that the nomination process is always conducted in this manner, instead of merely indicating that the Commissioner would be appointed by the Governor in Council?
View Pierre Brien Profile
Ind. (QC)
Then you're open to suggestions. That's a good sign.
My second question concerns the existing code of conduct for ministers and public office holders. Wouldn't now be the appropriate time to review this code? Wouldn't some changes be warranted to make that code more stringent? In your opinion, should the committee go so far as to recommend that the existing code be expanded or made more stringent? Or should it take the position that the code does not go far enough in some areas, or that limits should be set in others? In your opinion, should the committee confine itself to commenting on the proposed legislation that has been tabled?
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