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View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Chair.
It has been a real pleasure working on this committee, and Diane is right that I whined and cried and stomped my feet to get back on this committee. They put me on the ethics committee, saying that they needed somebody like me who was clean-cut and had no issues on that committee. Then I kind of gave them that “Oh, yes” look.
Anyway, I've been on this committee for awhile and certainly for me it has been a real pleasure to work with all of our colleagues here.
I do have some kudos for Randall. We went on fact-finding trip in the U.S. and he was our lead on the trip. He did an outstanding job representing our government and I just want to thank him for that again.
My colleagues here, it's been a lot of fun and certainly we all have differences of opinions and sometimes those do come out and that's the way it should be. But I think we all have the same concern, which is to make sure that the country is safe and that we're moving forward to protect our citizens and do the best that we can for each and every one.
I will miss the committee. I will miss the colleagues, but there's a lot of stuff I won't miss I have to admit.
I want to thank the clerks, and the analysts, and all of those translators and everyone here who has helped to make this committee a great place to be and to work with.
I just want to say thanks to everybody and thank you, Chair.
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Chair.
Mr. Quiggin had previously offered to send us documents to the chair to distribute to the committee regarding CAIR-CAN. I would request that happen. Thank you.
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you to the witnesses for appearing today.
It's a very important question, obviously, as a result of the occurrence on October 22. Most of us were in the House at that time and certainly have memories of that incident and some of the activities that happened around that point in time.
I know we had our first meeting on Tuesday. So my first question would be to Mr. Lapensée. We had officials from the department talking about division 10 in Bill C-59. I believe it was pointed out quite clearly by the officials that, in fact, the person who would be in charge of this would actually report to both the Speakers of the House, and I just wanted to know if you were aware of those comments made by the officials.
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
There's some reporting but the direction, as I understand it by the officials, was to be given by the Speaker of the Senate and also the Speaker of the House of Commons. So, to me, that was an important aspect in terms of that.
Your organization also had some concerns, Mr. Lapensée, to make sure that all of your employees in your association would continue to be employed. You did talk about the letter from the Speakers of the House in the past, Speaker Claude Nolin and, obviously, Speaker Scheer. I'm just looking at the documents signed by both of those speakers at that point in time that refer to “continued employment of our existing and respected Parliamentary Security staff.”
It does say in the bill, as I understand, that they are going to continue to be employed. So I'd certainly like to think that this would alleviate the fears of your organization and members.
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
When I think about what happens in terms of the leadership it seems to me that there should be one leader for the security services who will certainly provide the direction. To me, having a silo isn't the kind of thing that would work very well. We've heard that other organizations have made some changes because of the recent things that have happened. It seems to me that common sense would lead to that. I just want to make sure, are you and your organization opposed to having one central leadership?
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay.
I'm not sure why you're opposed to the RCMP.
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
I certainly wouldn't agree with you, because I understand that the director will get direction from the Speakers of the House. Certainly as a member of the RCMP, obviously he would have discussions with the RCMP and potentially get some of their insight and information that they might have in terms of other organizations.
I just wonder if you could also talk about this. Are you aware of any other organizations that would have had silos, in other jurisdictions?
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. Thank you then.
My next question is certainly going to be for the Auditor General. Thank you for attending.
Your report in June 2012 stated that the next steps were to respond to the situations more efficiently and effectively, as I read it. Obviously after the attack on the 22nd, it seems to be much more imperative that we needed to do that and to somebody at the head of the leadership of the security services for the House of Commons, and certainly the Senate.
I don't know if you have any other comments that you'd like to add to that, Mr. Ferguson.
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Chair, and thank you to the witnesses for coming today and for your testimony.
I just want to make sure I have this clarified.
In your comments, Mr. Davies, you talked about how once a person has been advised of cancellation, they're given 30 days. It starts from when they actually know. Is that correct?
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
I just wanted to make sure that people understood that. That's an important piece of information. Then of course it's the same thing in terms of being able to have a reconsideration decision. It's 30 days after they have been notified of that.
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Perfect. That clarifies it. Thank you very much.
In terms of what happens in the investigation, who's doing the investigations, what information is being gathered? In fact, at such point obviously the minister has to have that information to make a decision to cancel or revoke the passport. Could you fill us in on that process?
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay, that's important to note.
Could you also comment on provisions of the previous legislation, Bill S-7, the Combating Terrorism Act, as well as the current bill, Bill C-51?
View LaVar Payne Profile
CPC (AB)
Also, in your opening statement you talked about a period of refusal of passport services that a person might require on an urgent or compelling, compassionate basis. Could you tell us on what basis you believe this will allow them to have a passport to travel for some of those circumstances?
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