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View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
Thank you to all the witnesses for being here today.
I think I'll build a bit on the questions from my colleagues and go deeper, if I could.
There was mention of the trust between agencies and NSIRA and NSICOP. As most of you know, these are fairly new agencies. I certainly commend our government for that, but they can be entrenched in their ways sometimes as we proceed, and certainly in the department.
Can you provide this committee with a recommendation on how agencies like CSIS or CSE should work with these newly formed agencies?
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Would anyone else like to speak? I have another question otherwise.
On this I think we can all agree. In order to build trust—and I think this goes back, Mr. McSorley, to what you're saying—organizations have to pull back the curtains on how they work while still protecting highly classified information and the sensitive nature of their work. We've seen, during the war in Ukraine, allies like Britain and the U.S. classifying information almost in real time.
I would certainly appreciate it if any of you could give us some recommendations on how Canadian agencies could do this better.
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Drapeau, You brought some information that unfortunately we have not yet seen due to translation. Do you have any thoughts to share quickly on those briefs?
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
I certainly want to say thank you very much, Mr. Ambassador, for coming before us today.
I also want to ask a bit about the national security strategy of Japan, which you highlighted in so many ways in terms of measures that both of our countries are taking to enhance security co-operation. Thank you for that.
Maybe I'll follow up on part of the outline in the national security strategy of Japan from December 2022. I'm thinking about the strategy on diplomatic efforts and the participation of Japan in people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
What are some of the outcomes of Japan's efforts regarding participation in people-to-people and cultural exchanges that you could highlight for us this evening?
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
From that segue, could we talk a bit about how both of our countries, Canada and Japan, are working together on an international development initiative in the Indo-Pacific region?
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
Maybe I'll leave you with a thought that hopefully you'll be able to express, as we are in the special committee on Canada-China and are studying the Indo-Pacific strategy and how both our nations.... What's your point of view on China's influence in the region? How does that impact some initiatives, or how can we consider this as we go forward?
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
Thank you all for being here.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank the people of the Canadian Armed Forces for their service to our country.
We've heard much about the modernization and streamlining of the ATIP process. There is one thing that I think we would like to know. In the spirit of looking forward to where we can go, can you point to some of the specific things you will be implementing and the metrics you will assess them by?
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
That would be my next question. Three months from now, what will the metrics be that will have you saying there is better success?
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
On that 5% to 10% that you hope to see improve, what is the barrier to that improvement? Do we find excuses? How are we truthfully tracking that 5% to 10% improvement?
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
Last, we talked very briefly about Bill C-58 Ms. Paxton, earlier we were making reference to your maybe wanting to clarify a few things for this committee.
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Lib. (ON)
Do I still have time?
The Chair: You still have a minute.
Mrs. Marie-France Lalonde: Okay. That's good.
Maybe I can hear from our brigadier-general and major-general. Looking forward, what are the key areas where you believe you need to make changes or where you've made the changes and are still waiting for those metrics to come into play to see improvement?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I'm trying to stay serious, considering the intention of what this member is asking. I'm looking back at some of the records of what they voted against. In December, they voted against pay increases for our military. I always find it a bit ironic, Mr. Chair, to see this kind of...you know.
I think the intent of the motion is not a bad one. On this side of the House, we take our military seriously. We take Ukraine very seriously. We are actually moving forward on this investment. The Prime Minister mentioned today our investment of over $400 million for housing.
Since we have witnesses here, and out of respect for our colleague who brought forward the motion, I would propose some very slight and, I'll say, very light amendments that we could debate, or we could hold this thought, hear from the witnesses, and come back to this at some point during this committee.
I really want to be respectful to my colleague and to our officials who are here and made the time to come. At the same time, I very much agree that our military needs the support it deserves. That's why we voted for that pay increase, unlike the Conservative Party.
At this point, Mr. Chair, I would like to know what we can do, according to our clerk. I would like to hear our officials on the study that's in front of us, or I could bring an amendment now. I will leave to your discretion what the best way is of handling this.
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Lib. (ON)
I will definitely bring my amendment.
I apologize to the officials. I hope I have the co-operation of my colleagues so that we can move on quickly.
Mr. Chair, the original text reads, “Given that, the Minister of National Defence is increasing rent for Canadian military personnel”. I would like to scratch “the Minister of National Defence is increasing” and replace it. After the words “given that”, we would be removing “the Minister of National Defence is increasing”. After the words “Canadian military personnel”, we would add the words “living on base is increasing”. After the words “this April”, we would add, “that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request a comprehensive government response.”
For the interpretation and for my colleagues, I will read the amended text to all of you.
It would read, “Given that, rent for Canadian military personnel living on base is increasing this April, and at a time when the military is struggling to recruit and retain personnel, the committee report to the House, that the government immediately cancel all plans to increase rent on military accommodations used by the Department of National Defence this April and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests a comprehensive government response.”
I'm sorry. We'd be removing “this April.”
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