House of Commons Hansard #141 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was copyright.

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Ethics
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, given the seriousness, he needs to get his facts straight. Elections Canada did contact him through his lawyer, and they went to court to demand the documents.

The Prime Minister told this House there was no election scandal—

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

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Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, order. Order. The hon. member for Timmins—James Bay has the floor.

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NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, we see the tension over there because Elections Canada has come forward now with a document that says there was a forged invoice, a trail of backdated cheques and a bogus cover-up that it says was intentional.

We are talking about a deliberate attempt to break the law in order to win an election. This is way beyond the member for Peterborough. This goes to the Prime Minister.

When will the Prime Minister make the member step aside until the investigation is complete?

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Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, in fact Elections Canada did not reach out and contact the parliamentary secretary. It was the reverse. The parliamentary secretary contacted Elections Canada and said, “Please come forward with any questions you might have about my filing which I gave you almost four years ago, which was audited, verified and accepted.”

Elections Canada responded that it is not interested in meeting with him at this time. He stands ready and available to answer the questions of Elections Canada, if those questions eventually, at some point, ever arrive.

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June 15th, 2012 / 11:35 a.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, the member has to stop pretending that this is a case of The Art of War and spend more time studying All the President's Men. What we are dealing with here are allegations of fraud and forgery that have been raised by Elections Canada through court documents.

The affidavit indicates that the member for Peterborough acted in a manner that facilitated the concealing and the misrepresenting of the paper trail.

Will the Prime Minister do the right thing in saying that he actually takes these allegations seriously? Will he ask the member for Peterborough to step aside until this investigation is complete?

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Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, the member of Parliament submitted his election filings almost four years ago, and those filings were verified, audited and accepted by that agency. Since that time the agency has not contacted the member to ask any additional questions or raise any additional problems. At some point, he actually called Elections Canada to ask if they wanted to pose any questions or seek any additional information.

He is completely available. However, so far the agency has indicated it does not wish to do that.

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Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and his parliamentary secretary can no longer fabricate spin around the fact that serious Elections Canada rules have been broken.

Let us be clear: it is about the documents that he did not submit. The facts are that the member was responsible for filing forged documents; the member took steps to hide the truth about exceeding spending limits.

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An hon. member

Take it outside.

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Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

We will. We will take it outside. This is a serious—

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

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Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order.

The hon. member for Avalon has a few seconds left to finish his question.

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Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

This is a serious issue, and the government's response must be as serious.

I ask the Prime Minister, will he act immediately and remove the parliamentary secretary?

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Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I would encourage the member to take exactly the same statement that he just uttered here and the exact same words, walk out the doors and repeat them.

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Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Mr. Speaker, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister stood in the House this week and repeatedly said he had voluntarily given everything to Elections Canada. We know this is not the case. It is bad enough that the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister knowingly exceeded the spending limits, but then the member thought he could roll back the odometer and fool Elections Canada.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport must come clean now. When did he know there were forged documents, and will he defend this phony election return?