Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of ACOA.
Operation On-Line is a high tech agency in St. John's, Newfoundland that is nearing the end of a current five year term for federal funding. The minister is holding the agency and all its employees to ransom by demanding that they move from St. John's into his riding. He told the company “Move or I will shut you down.”
How can the minister justify that abuse of his ministerial power, and why is it moving into his riding?