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Conservative MP for Fundy Royal (New Brunswick)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 58.10% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Government Appointments June 5th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, let us be very clear. The Public Service Commission and the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, in both cases, found no finding of ministerial interference with these hirings. That is a fact the hon. member should acknowledge.

However, in 2006, the Public Service Commission reported that the Liberals gave ministerial aides free rides into the public service.

On this side of the House, we take accountability seriously. That is exactly why we had to pass the Federal Accountability Act and eliminate the revolving door the Liberals had into—

Government Appointments June 3rd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, saying it louder does not change the answer. The fact remains that we accept the findings of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner. My Lynn's appointment as CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton was terminated.

The question remains as well, when are the New Democrats going to do the right thing and repay the taxpayers' dollars they have been misappropriating for political gain throughout the country?

Government Appointments June 3rd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we have already taken action on this file. I already confirmed last week that Mr. Lynn's appointment as CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton was terminated as of May 27, 2014.

What I think Canadians are wondering though, in light of today's revelations, is when is the NDP going to pay back the taxpayers' dollars it has been wrongfully using throughout our country?

Government Appointments May 29th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I reject the premise of the hon. member's question. If he were being forthright here, he would recognize that neither the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, nor the Public Service Commission found any evidence of any political wrongdoing by political ministers, or by political staff. The member's entire question is unfounded.

Government Appointments May 29th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member had an opportunity just now to stand up and explain to Canadians when they are going to pay back the taxpayer dollars that they have been abusing throughout the country. They are supposed to be used to serve Canadians. They are being used to serve their own partisan purposes.

When are they going to pay the money back?

Government Appointments May 29th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier, Mr. Lynn's appointment as CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation was terminated as of a couple of days ago.

Our expectations for crown corporations, for agencies, and for departments has been and continues to be that they conduct their business with integrity, accountability, and respect for taxpayer dollars.

On the other hand, when will the NDP pay back the taxpayer dollars that it has been abusing all over the country for its own partisan purposes?

Government Accountability May 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is a former minister. He should know that ministers are not involved in the day-to-day hiring of staff, yet the members ask each day for us to engage in that.

This is the same member who was asked to repay expenses on the house he claimed was his own which was not his own. I assume it was a glass house. He had to repay the money a couple of years ago. We take no lessons on accountability from that member.

Government Appointments May 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the hon. members cannot seem to take yes for an answer.

Mr. Lynn's appointment as CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation was terminated as of yesterday. There is no severance because there was termination with cause. This is as a result of the findings of an independent investigation undertaken by the board of directors of that corporation.

I would ask the hon. member why does he not talk to his own colleagues about accountability in repaying taxpayers' dollars that were misspent in a partisan nature?

Government Appointments May 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to ensuring we have a professional, independent, non-partisan public service.

I can confirm that Mr. Lynn's appointment as CEO of ECBC was terminated as of yesterday. As standard practice, the Government of Canada does not provide a severance when an individual's appointment is terminated with cause.

We take action on issues of accountability. The question is, when is his party going to take action for its abuse of taxpayers' dollars in running House of Commons offices as partisan units?

Government Appointments May 27th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, when we think of the source of that question, the party that member represents was the inspiration, in fact, for the Federal Accountability Act, when in 2006 the Public Service Commission reported that the Liberals gave ministerial aides free rides into the public service. We ended that. We brought in the Federal Accountability Act. We believe in accountability, and we have acted.