House of Commons Hansard #84 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was elections.

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Tabling of Documents
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Royal Galipeau

Is there unanimous consent?

Tabling of Documents
Routine Proceedings

3:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

The House resumed consideration of the motion.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Royal Galipeau

The hon. member for Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, QC

Mr. Speaker, that is quite the tactic.

Does the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities acknowledge receiving an email from Michael Donison on December 19, 2005, with the subject line, “Quebec candidate, media buy”, in which the scheme to be used is explained, whereby the party would exceed the national electoral spending ceilings?

I would like the minister to answer this question that he did not deign to answer today during oral question period.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague questioned the relevance of my speech in this House. In my opinion, we have provided ample proof of our relevance regarding this. I indicated a number of times in my speech that we would oppose the Bloc Québécois motion.

While we are asking questions, I would ask my hon. colleague why the leader of the Bloc Québécois did not answer the questions asked of him today regarding why the Bloc transferred some $700,000 to local candidates during the 2006 election and billed them for more than $800,000? During the election in 2004, the Bloc did exactly the same thing and transferred $1.5 million to its candidates, its local candidates. It invoiced more than $930,000.

I will close by telling my hon. colleague that we understand the Elections Act. Based on that understanding, we applied the measures that we thought were within the provisions of that legislation.

The Chief Electoral Officer has a different version, which is why the courts will have to settle the matter. It is not the Bloc Québécois member, who can explain his own strategy here today. I invite him to explain himself—he did not wish to do so before a parliamentary committee—before the courts, if he thinks it a good idea.

We chose that path because it is the most proper path. It is the path of principles. This government and this political party continue and will always continue to obey the rules.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Independent

Louise Thibault Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, last Sunday, during an interview on the program Les coulisses du pouvoir, the minister answered questions from the interviewer, Mr. Lessard, by saying that none of the payments for advertisements involved taxpayers' money.

I would like to give him this opportunity to clarify or amend his thinking. Given that the expenses of any candidate, of any political stripe, qualify for a reimbursement of 60%—of taxpayers' money, we all agree—if that candidate receives 10% of the votes, would the minister now like to correct the information he gave and that his colleague, whose name and constituency I have forgotten, the one who has just tabled a document, repeated yesterday by saying that it was no big deal because it was not taxpayers' money?

I am offended, on behalf of the people I represent, to hear such misinformation.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Pontiac, QC

Mr. Speaker, my honourable colleague knows perfectly well that the monies used, and that I was referring to during that interview, had been raised for and on behalf of the Conservative Party.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

An hon. member

Oh, Oh!

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Pontiac, QC

The language used by my colleague from the Bloc Québécois, calling it dirty money, is completely inappropriate. He knows full well that those sums of money, used to fund our campaign at both local and national level, were legitimately raised under the legislation that governs the financing of political parties. That is what I was referring to specifically.

I still have had no answer from the Bloc Québécois about the transfer that was made from national to local level and from local to national level. I would like to hear what they have to say.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

An hon. member

Oh, Oh!

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:55 p.m.

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Pontiac, QC

I hear him yapping. Perhaps he could rise in his place and provide appropriate answers to this House.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Royal Galipeau

There are one and a half minutes left. The hon. member for Peace River has 30 seconds to ask his question.

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

4 p.m.

Conservative

Chris Warkentin Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, in 30 seconds we cannot get to the root of this issue. The Bloc Québécois wants us to say that we have full and complete confidence in Elections Canada, and yet continually we have seen a litany of problems within Elections Canada. I take members back to the 2004 election campaign. That was the election campaign when Paul Martin's face was on every single Liberal candidate's election sign from coast to coast--

Opposition Motion—Elections Canada
Business of Supply
Government Orders

4 p.m.

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The hon. member is not allowed to mention a sitting member's full name. The one that he just mentioned, from LaSalle—Émard, is a sitting member.