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View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Fraser, thank you for your presentation.
I would like to begin by speaking to your comments on cuts in transfers to the departments for training. Those cuts were a disaster. That is the point to be made because it happened at the same time as cuts to departmental budgets. That's what happens when training budgets are cut, be it for language training or any other training. That was, in all respects, a monumental mistake.
I would like to speak about third-party services. With respect to the question that was asked on surveys, we know that there was another problem in relation to cuts to Statistics Canada and to the fact that official statistics are no longer collected to determine the situation across Canada, whether it has to do with language training or not.
There were also other problems related to the services provided by third parties. In fact, third parties are currently not necessarily subject to all the policies. Departments automatically say it isn't their problem, but someone else's. That also happens in other cases, whether it involves harassment or something else.
You made some recommendations in 2009-2010. We are seeing that the improvement you'd hoped for hasn't happened. Could you expand on that?
What recommendation could be made or what action could be taken to ensure that third parties meet their linguistic obligations?
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
Don't you think that fines or penalties should be imposed on third parties that don't meet their language requirements or who are found over and over again to be in breach of their obligations? I don't necessarily think that it should be the Office of the Commissioner that imposes fines or penalties, but rather the department would include in the contract that, unless the third party meets the obligations set out in the contract, fines will be imposed or the contract will be terminated.
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
We have to send our priority issues to the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure through the members representing us on it, correct?
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
I'm saying that for any items that we want prioritized, we have to go through our representative on the smaller committee to—
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
So you don't get all the details on top of this analysis.
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
So, who is on now? All of you.... Okay.
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay. I will try to find....
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
No, on the motion—
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
I appreciate the fact that we can discuss this in a public meeting and on a much lighter note than that of yesterday's discussions. I would like us to consider the motion I have submitted. It reads as follows:
That the Committee recommend to the House of Commons that it replace the current practice of having the Speaker recognize a Member to lead the House in singing the national anthem, and recommend that a rotating schedule of school choirs, both locally and from across Canada as available, be invited to sing the national anthem at the beginning of each Wednesday sitting.
We would like this change to be implemented as soon as possible in order to break this habit and help our colleagues in the House.
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
You sing? That's hard to hear.
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
Can I ask a question on procedure?
View Nycole Turmel Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Chair, this is a matter of procedure. The member asked that we sit in camera, but the motion I presented has nothing to do with the witness list. I cannot understand that we are unable to openly discuss a topic that, in principle, should be very light.
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