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Conservative MP for Niagara West (Ontario)

Won his last election, in 2015, with 49% of the vote.

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Questions Passed as Orders for Return May 29th, 2017

With regard to the Prime Ministerial delegation to Vimy, France, in April 2017: (a) who were the members of the delegation; and (b) how were the delegation members chosen?

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, I do not think anyone disagrees that the Palestinians need help and should receive it. I guess the challenge lies in what exactly UNRWA is doing and how it is delivering its aid.

I have the February 2 report from the UN Watch, entitled, “Poisoning Palestinian Children A Report on UNRWA Teachers’ Incitement to Jihadist Terrorism and Antisemitism”. I will read from the report. It is a teacher of UNRWA. I will read what his page says exactly, so we can take this out of theoretical and into the practical. It says:

Good news to the Zionist settlers, choose your preferred method of death, and we will provide it.

Run over, knife, screw, axe, hammer, choke, hang, skinning, cutting

The offer stands until Palestine is free.

Is this really a good use of Canadian taxpayer dollars?

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, what specific benefit to Canadian taxpayers does the government expect to gain for providing funding to UNRWA?

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, I would like to talk a bit about UNRWA. I know it will not come as a surprise as we have talked about it in the House. Since November 2015, how much funding has the Government of Canada provided to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency?

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, my final question on the DFI relates to the $300 million, which is not new money but repurposed money. It is coming out of the operations of EDC. Is the $300 million going to be used for operations, such as salaries, or is it going to be used for loans and granting loans? If not, how is is going to capitalize DFI? Is it going to be through private placements or bond issues? What is the thought process to be effective?

Three hundred million dollars is a drop in the bucket, and quite frankly, I would hope there will be other ways to raise money to get this out. It is a very valuable tool. Our government put it forward. I am glad to see the Liberal government has also moved forward with it. It is a great tool in the tool kit when it comes to development.

My question is around the capitalization, because it is very important to determine what kind of effectiveness it will have.

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, will the DFI be guided by a mandate letter to formalize the authorization? When can we expect this mandate letter to be delivered to EDC?

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, my question now is around the DFI, the development finance initiative. With regard to that, can we expect shared ministerial oversight between trade and development, or which one will it fall under? It is falls under Export Development Canada right now.

If there is shared oversight, what types of communication and management mechanisms will be harnessed to enable policy coherence between development and trade?

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, there have been some recent announcements. I know that the minister announced $100 million in funding to small and medium-size Canadian organizations. It was announced earlier this year that there would be $650 million for sexual reproductive rights. Other monies have been announced. Given the fact that the budget has remained pretty constant or has actually decreased, which organizations will be losing out?

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, Canada has been a leader when it comes to maternal and child health. We have certainly been a leader on nutrition. We have been a leader on child mortality and on a number of other things. We have also led when it comes to accountability and transparency with our development dollars. We have always kept in mind that continued support for fundamental life-saving programs, such as global nutrition and vaccination, is essential.

In terms of new areas of focus and where the Liberals are going, I am hoping that we are going to continue to focus on the things Canada has developed an excellent reputation for around the world. We have seen the fact that the lives of children have been saved over the last number of years. Are there plans to divert funds away from global nutrition and vaccines?

Business of Supply May 17th, 2017

Mr. Chair, I thank the government for the commitment to the global fund. It is something this side of the House supported and I think it is something we can all support. I think they do a good job, so I am thankful about that.

The member talked about the international assistance review. I know it is part of your mandate letter that the government will look at consulting. I know you have been consulting. You have also talked about releasing a report, yet we have not seen anything. It is hard for us to hold the government to account if we do not actually know what commitments are being made. I know there has been a lot of rhetoric on the commitments to the most vulnerable people. When will the government release the international assistance review?