Crucial Fact

  • Her favourite word was fact.

Last in Parliament November 2005, as Liberal MP for Edmonton Centre (Alberta)

Lost her last election, in 2006, with 39% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Foreign Affairs October 21st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, in fact I am very happy to explain again to the hon. member that indeed we do condemn the actions of any Canadian who chooses to go abroad and join an insurgency on the ground in any country, including Iraq.

In fact, I think the director of CSIS and I are very clear in relation to the fact that we do view the actions of these people as terrorist activities and we condemn them. We have condemned them. We will continue to condemn those actions.

Justice October 21st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would suggest to the hon. member that she actually accurately reflect what former Madam Justice Arbour said yesterday in her comments. As I said earlier in relation to a question from a member of the New Democratic Party, this country intends to respect international law and domestic law. We have always done so and we will continue to do so.

Airline Security October 21st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, I want to respond to one part of the hon. member's question and it is very important.

When anybody suggests that we have sold out Canadian interests in relation to any other country, let me just underscore that our primary obligation is the protection and safety of Canadians, whether it is a no fly list or whether it is at the border. It does not matter.

The actions we take are taken first and foremost to protect Canadian—

Foreign Affairs October 21st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, of course we condemn any Canadian who would choose to become an insurgent and join the insurgency in Iraq.

The comments made by the director of CSIS yesterday were not new. In fact, the director of CSIS provided even more detailed information at a special Senate committee hearing on March 7 where he said that the ranks of trained terrorist fighters in Iraq were bolstered by individuals from around the world, including from Europe and Canada. The director of the CIA has regularly made—

Industry October 21st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, Encana is a flagship Canadian and Alberta company. It is one of the strongest in its sector and its predecessor companies have a long and distinguished history.

Since the merger of AEC and PanCanadian, Encana has grown to be the number one supplier of natural gas in the North American marketplace. It plays an important role in our economy and it is an outstanding example of Canadian innovation and competitiveness.

We expect Encana to continue this leadership position in our economy. Canada needs more Encana.

Justice October 21st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, I am not exactly sure that I know what the hon. member is referring to, but let me reassure the hon. member that when it comes to DNA and the creation of the DNA data bank, this is a very serious matter of law enforcement. We are consulting widely in relation to amendments to that DNA data bank to ensure that it is as complete and useful as possible as an instrument or tool of law enforcement in this country as the law permits.

National Security October 21st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, I can reassure the hon. member that we are in complete compliance with both international and domestic law, the domestic law as defined by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Suresh case. I can reassure the hon. member that we intend to continue to be in compliance with both international law and the domestic law of this country as defined by the Supreme Court of Canada.

National Security October 21st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I reject the entire premise of the hon. member's question.

Having said that, he has raised an important question around lawful access. As everyone knows, we have had wiretap legislation in this country for years, as have other countries. What we need to do is update that wiretap legislation to take into account the fact that we need to intercept communications in relation to new methods of communications. It may be a BlackBerry; it may be the Internet; it may be a cellphone.

In fact, let me inform the hon. member that other countries have been working on this challenge around law enforcement and we—

National Parole Board October 19th, 2005

Mr. Speaker, obviously the hon. member raises a very serious matter. If she is talking about the parole system and the conditions that are imposed upon those who are on parole, I have made it plain that I do believe we need to look at the system, which is why I have asked the Standing Committee on Justice to take this matter up. I do not understand why it is not doing so. At that point the opposition could actually provide informed insight into how we can make this system better for everybody.

Correctional Service Canada October 19th, 2005

Mr. Speaker, to the best of my knowledge this information has not been released under access to information laws. In fact, any information that would relate directly to the security of either physical prison facilities or information in relation to the safety and security surrounding prison guards is specifically exempted from access to information laws.