House of Commons Hansard #148 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was gomery.

Topics

Public Works and Government Services
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Nepean—Carleton, ON

And the building has been empty for almost two years, Mr. Speaker.

This is not just any company, though. Power Corp. hired the current Prime Minister when he was just a young lad and handed him CSL in a sweetheart deal. The Prime Minister is deeply indebted to Power Corp. No wonder he wanted to help his old friends when they needed to drop this mouldy monstrosity.

The government could have built a brand new building for less than the cost of repairing this one. Why did the Liberals stick taxpayers with this $80 million cleanup cost all to help the Prime Minister's old friends?

Public Works and Government Services
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

The Speaker

I am very concerned about the preamble to the hon. member's question. Personal attacks, as he knows, are out of order. The hon. Minister of Public Works and Government Services may choose to respond.

Public Works and Government Services
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, I will respond to the tiny bit of substance that the hon. member tried to put into his pithy partisan personal attack against the Prime Minister of Canada.

Our professionals, on an ongoing basis, monitor real estate markets to identify the best possible accommodations for Canadian public servants at the best possible value for the Canadian taxpayer. This acquisition and the subsequent renovations meet that standard.

If he wants to take his question period questions off the news wire this morning from an unsubstantiated report, he can do so. Otherwise, we can give him a briefing so he really knows what happened.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

November 4th, 2005 / 11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Charlevoix—Montmorency, QC

Mr. Speaker, the reason why the Gomery commission could not make a list of the Liberal candidates who received dirty money from Marc-Yvan Côté is that the government strongly opposed it, through its lawyer, Doug Mitchell.

By objecting to the identification of these candidates as part of the Gomery inquiry, and by refusing to identify them now, the government is acting as accomplice and is clearly showing that the cleanup promised by the Prime Minister was not done and will never be done.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, is the member saying that Justice Gomery did not do his job properly, that he did not ask the right questions? Is he trying to discredit Justice Gomery? Let us hear him say so openly.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Charlevoix—Montmorency, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is not Justice Gomery who did not do his job, it is the government and the Liberal Party, by preventing Justice Gomery from getting answers.

The Minister of Transport, who has been playing Mr. Clean since getting into politics, and who swears in front of every camera that the cleanup will be done, is losing face because one of the only things we are asking of him is that he identify the nine candidates and the 18 ridings, out of the 21 for which Marc-Yvan Côté was responsible, but he refuses to do so.

How could he let himself get swallowed so quickly by the machine—

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. Minister of Transport.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I will read something that hurts the Bloc Québécois. It is on page 430 of the Gomery report. It reads as follows: “[The Prime Minister] is entitled, like other Ministers in the Quebec caucus, to be exonerated—”.

This is what is hurting the Bloc Québécois, and this is why they are trying to change the conclusions. They cannot accept that. They did everything they could to say the contrary, and they even prepared an advertising campaign for that purpose. Now, they know that it would be defamatory libel if they were to say something other than what Justice Gomery wrote.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Monique Guay Rivière-du-Nord, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Gomery report does not list the Liberal Party candidates who had dealings with Marc-Yvan Côté. The Minister of Transport refuses to provide this list of candidates who received dirty money in 1997, even though this is information he could very easily obtain.

In spite of the major cleanup announced by the Prime Minister, does the Minister of Transport not realize that his actions are bringing all candidates into disrepute because, instead of clearing those who have done nothing wrong, he is undermining the reputation and credibility of all of them, nothing less?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, what we have just heard is the height of hypocrisy. These people have disagreed with the findings of Justice Gomery from the beginning, and they lack the backbone to say so. Now, they are trying to smear more people, to cast doubt on the reputation and integrity of a great many people. The member claims that the list can easily be obtained. If it is that easy, let her table the list.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Bloc

Monique Guay Rivière-du-Nord, QC

Mr. Speaker, in his report, Justice Gomery commented that those who took the dirty money they were offered brought disgrace on the Liberal Party.

Does the Minister of Transport not understand that, by refusing as he has been doing for the past two days to produce the list of those who received dirty money, he is acting as accomplice, and all his efforts to whitewash only confirm that he is not prepared to go through with the promised cleanup and would rather just sweep the dirt under the rug?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, Justice Gomery's mandate was to seek the whole truth. He heard testimony, he got to the truth, and everything is set out in his report. Bloc Québécois members are not pleased with the work of Justice Gomery because he exonerated not only the Prime Minister, but also the members on this side of the House. This is why Bloc Québécois members are now out to smear more people. We will not let them. These people will not accept the truth from Justice Gomery, but they lack the backbone to say so. They should come clean once and for all.

Election Campaign Financing
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Scott Reid Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, ON

Mr. Speaker, last year the Minister of Transport attended a gala where over $40,000 was raised. Since then, the Liberals have lost all trace of these funds.

The assistant campaign manager for the Liberals in that riding stated, “There is no longer anyone who knows where this money went. Our questions go unanswered. I wash my hands of those scumbags in Ottawa”. This person is now a member of the Conservative Party.

How can they lose $40,000?

Election Campaign Financing
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, like the member, I have read the newspaper articles. I am told that everything was tabled with the report on the 2004 election. So, everything has been tabled. The Chief Electoral Officer has the documents. Such accusations are unfounded.

Government Spending
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Joe Preston Elgin—Middlesex—London, ON

Mr. Speaker, today we learned that the Liberal government spent $751,000 of taxpayers' money on a ball at a football stadium for the Governor General, even though she wanted a more modest event.

I respect the new Governor General, but this issue is simple. The Liberals used the gala to invite hundreds of Liberal donors, lobbyists and fundraisers, all at taxpayers' expense.

It was just another way of getting around the rules to reward their friends and supporters. Is this how they do business?