House of Commons Hansard #72 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was saskatchewan.

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Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Conservative

James Moore Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Gomery commission has revealed that the real purpose of the sponsorship program was to line the pockets of the Liberal Party and its friends with our tax money.

If the testimony at the Gomery commission is enough to proceed against the advertising agencies, why then is the Liberal government not also proceeding against the Liberal Party in order to get our money back?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, there is no need to proceed against the Liberal Party, because it has clearly indicated that it would voluntarily return the funds if it is found that they were inappropriately managed.

The fact is that we have commenced action against 19 individuals and firms for $41 million. That action has been commenced, but there is no verdict, nor is there a report from Judge Gomery. Until we have the report from Judge Gomery, we will not have the evidence to move forward to pursue any other action. The Liberal Party has been clear that any funds will be returned to the Canadian public.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Conservative

James Moore Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, here is what the transport minister said: “If somebody had to pay a certain amount to the Liberal Party to get contracts, I think that money should be reimbursed”.

Lafleur Communications and PR firms Splash and Commando have admitted to making contributions to the Liberal Party to get contracts. Guilt has been admitted. Cash changed hands. Why will the Liberal Party not give back this dirty money and apologize to taxpayers?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, once again the Liberal Party has been absolutely clear that any funds which were received in a way that would be inappropriate will be returned to the Canadian taxpayer. We have been absolutely clear as a government that we are going to get to the bottom of this issue and that is exactly what we are doing.

The Prime Minister, by establishing Justice Gomery to do his work, by pursuing the action we have to recover funds, by ensuring that we take this issue seriously, we are demonstrating respect for the Canadian taxpayer. We are walking the walk over here. They are merely talking the talk.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Conservative

Rahim Jaffer Edmonton—Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, acting as a front man to redirect campaign contributions is illegal. It is called collusion. When the money goes from Groupaction to Splash to Commando to the Liberal Party, through Brault, Desjeans and Thiboutot on the way, is that clear enough for the Minister of Transport?

Will the government finally apply the remedy it used for the ad agencies, and take legal action against the Liberal Party?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, once again the hon. member is referring to specific testimony. This is curious behaviour because the fact is that on a daily basis we see contradictory testimony. Even his own leader is saying that some of the testimony before Justice Gomery has been false and that some of the witnesses are lying to Justice Gomery. If his leader believes that witnesses are lying to Justice Gomery, why is he in his line of questioning using individual sporadic testimony instead of waiting for Justice Gomery to do his report?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Conservative

Rahim Jaffer Edmonton—Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, let us see if the minister can handle the facts.

The ad scam money trail leads directly to the Liberal Party of Canada. Gosselin gave $15,000, strong armed by Liberal bullies and donated to the Liberals. Groupaction gave $2,000 to the member for Bourassa, $50,000 to five Liberal organizers and $20,000 directly to the Liberals. With Lafleur Communications, over $50,000 was laundered through employees and a secret bank account to the Liberals.

If the minister is so gung-ho about suing these firms, why is he not just as anxious to sue the Liberal Party of Canada?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, there is no need to sue the party because the party has voluntarily committed to return any funds gained inappropriately to the Canadian taxpayer--

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Some hon. members

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Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

Order. The Minister of Public Works and Government Services has the floor. The hon. member for Edmonton—Strathcona must be having real trouble hearing the answer because I am. We will want to hear the Minister of Public Works and Government Services now without the usual interruptions.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, once again the Liberal Party has voluntarily committed to return any funds gained inappropriately to the Canadian taxpayer once we have all the facts. The fact is we will have a greater clarity on this issue once we have Justice Gomery's report.

Yes, we have pursued legal action to retrieve funds as that is the right thing to do for the Canadian taxpayer, but we do not have a verdict.

Textile Industry
Oral Question Period

March 22nd, 2005 / 2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Rivière-Du-Loup—Montmagny, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian textile industry is in peril and factories are disappearing one by one, victims of the federal government's inaction in the face of globalization of trade.

The Canadian Textile Institute has asked the Prime Minister to intervene when he meets with Presidents Bush and Fox, in order to re-establish the market access obtained when the NAFTA was signed.

Does the Prime Minister intend to discuss the textile issue with President Bush this week, in order to restore access to the American market to the level it was at when NAFTA was established?

Textile Industry
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Willowdale
Ontario

Liberal

Jim Peterson Minister of International Trade

Mr. Speaker, it is quite obvious that, within the NAFTA framework, the textile and garment industries have already been discussed. This month a working group presented a report containing six suggestions. Because of the problems in this industry, the government has spent nearly $600 million helping this sector become more competitive.

Textile Industry
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Rivière-Du-Loup—Montmagny, QC

Mr. Speaker, what we want is for the Prime Minister to speak to Mr. Bush on this issue to help the textile industry.

Textile Industry
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

An hon. member

Tomorrow.