House of Commons Hansard #14 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was political.

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Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Hull—Aylmer
Québec

Liberal

Marcel Massé President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, I think the question is entirely irrelevant.

The RCMP may have executed a search warrant but no employee of my staff is under investigation at present. That is the end of it.

The Conservative Party is merely trying to deflect the implication of Pierre Corbeil who happens to be the brother of an ex-Conservative minister.

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

André Bachand Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform the minister and give him the number. It is 500-26-007787-974. I give it to him for his information.

Can the minister confirm that he will do everything necessary to assure himself that no member of the Montreal office has had contact with an individual under investigation by the name of Pierre Corbeil? This is very important. The government's integrity is being questioned.

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Hull—Aylmer
Québec

Liberal

Marcel Massé President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, an investigation is under way at the present time, as everyone knows.

An individual named Pierre Corbeil is being investigated at this time. I called Jacques Roy of my office this morning and he told me that he had no knowledge of any investigation whatsoever being carried out on himself. At this time, no one in my office is under investigation.

The Conservative Party ought simply to allow the investigation to run its course.

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Reform

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, timing is everything. The government is now suggesting that the human resources development minister is some kind of a boy scout because he called the police on this fund-raising extortion scandal. Would a boy scout sneak through $3 million to the prime minister's riding just 24 hours before he called the police?

My question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development. When the prime minister was lobbying him, when he was saying “show me the money”, where were his boy scout ethics then?

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I am outraged at this kind of behaviour. This is why Canadians are disappointed.

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Papineau—Saint-Denis, QC

I am treated as a boy scout. Someone who has done his duty and called in the police is now being told that this is the behaviour of a boy scout. These people think we are boy scouts when do our duty with integrity.

This is not correct. The prime minister has never lobbied or influenced me. Good projects are part of the role of a good member of Parliament.

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Reform

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, no doubt that will win a lot of points with the boss.

What an amazing coincidence. We are starting to see how corrupt the government and its transitional jobs fund are. RCMP affidavits say that top Liberal bagman Pierre Corbeil told companies that if they did not pay the Liberals big time he could nix the grant request, but if they paid in cash with fake invoices he could seal the deal.

When will the prime minister get to the bottom of this mess, or is it to the top?

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, there is an ongoing investigation by the RCMP at this moment. If a crime was committed the individual who committed the crime will be prosecuted.

The Minister of Human Resources Development, within three hours of learning about the accusation, informed the RCMP in writing. The RCMP is doing its job. If somebody has committed a crime he will have to face justice and accept the decision of the court.

That is the system. The minister did exactly the right thing. He informed the RCMP. Let the RCMP do its work.

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the President of the Treasury Board.

First, will he tell us whether or not a search of his regional office in Montreal was carried out and, if so, how can he say there is no investigation going on?

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Hull—Aylmer
Québec

Liberal

Marcel Massé President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, the Bloc leader should get his facts straight and let the RCMP do its job.

According to my information, a warrant was issued but not executed. Why was the warrant issued but not executed? The answer lies with the RCMP. To their knowledge, there is currently nobody working for me who is under investigation.

The fact that the Bloc insists on mentioning names—

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Laurier—Sainte-Marie.

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, will the President of the Treasury Board pledge to inform this House when a search is carried out, since a warrant was issued, as the minister himself acknowledged, will he pledge to state all the reasons why a warrant was issued to search his regional office, and why such a search was carried out?

Rcmp Investigations
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Hull—Aylmer
Québec

Liberal

Marcel Massé President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, when a warrant is issued, the reasons are stated on it.

I should not have to tell this to the Bloc leader. But he should know that such documents are part of an investigation. The investigation was requested by our own minister and we want to see it completed as soon as possible. We have a duty to let the police conduct its investigation, reach its conclusions and take whatever measures are appropriate.

Canada Pension Plan
Oral Question Period

October 9th, 1997 / 2:35 p.m.

Reform

Dick Harris Prince George—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Liberals killed debate on the biggest tax grab in Canadian history. Now they are to appoint a bunch of political friends to manage over $100 billion of taxpayers' money. That is scary.

Will the Minister of Finance tell us today if his Liberal friends in the new Canada pension investment board will be subject to access to information guidelines? Yes or no.