Mr. Chair, this 10-day mission was duly approved and it included two days of travel. The mission consisted of a visit to the sites and facilities of interest to the Old Port of Montréal Corporation. In terms of the planning of international ferry terminals, we have a project with the Port of Montréal. In terms of recreational boating, we were in the process of replacing our facilities.
We went to the Powerhouse Museum, in Sydney, to see the Star Wars exhibit from the Boston museum that was there and to be able to assess the other proposals made to us. The Star Wars exhibit, not the same one, is now in Montreal. We also visited a big observation wheel, the Southern Star, in Melbourne, because we had a similar project on the table for the Old Port.
Unfortunately, Mr. Boulerice, you were misinformed. Seven reports for a total of 100 pages and 275 photographs were produced, distributed to managers and shared with our networks. A number of observations have led to solutions, encouraged ideas and helped the corporation make more informed choices, including opting for “blockbuster” exhibits at the science centre.
So it is not accurate to claim that those reports are summed up in a nine-page PowerPoint presentation with a lot of pictures and very little text, and to label them all as “useless report”. Unfortunately, there is a mix-up with the report dealing with the ferris wheel alone, the only request made by the QMI Agency. To keep track of the expenses for my mission, I made sure I separated my travel and vacation expenses.