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  • His favourite word is conservatives.

Liberal MP for Kings—Hants (Nova Scotia)

Won his last election, in 2015, with 71% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Questions on the Order Paper June 17th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the previous communications policy of the Government of Canada, which included policy requirements related to Government of Canada advertising, did not change during the six-month period up to and including April 22, 2016.

On May 12, 2016, the new policy on communications and federal identity and the directive on the management of communications came into effect. The new policy instruments include a number of new policy requirements related to advertising including a definition of “non-partisan communications” for all government communications. Furthermore, the policy now prohibits government programs and initiatives that require parliamentary approval from being advertised until approval has been received. The policy also states that no advertising activities can take place 90 days before a fixed general federal election date.

All federal government advertising with a budget greater than $500,000 is subject to a mandatory external review by Advertising Standards Canada, which will conduct a thorough assessment of proposed advertisements in line with the new policy and its definition of “non-partisan”. These reviews will be published online.

Advertising Standards Canada will ensure that advertisements are

objective, factual, and explanatory;

free from political party slogans, images, identifiers, bias, designation, or affiliation;

not using the primary colour associated with the governing party in a dominant way, unless an item is commonly depicted in that colour;

evoid of any name, voice, or image of a minister, member of Parliament, or senator;

and initiatives that require parliamentary approval or trade agreements that require ratification are not advertised until such approval has been received.

The government has asked the Office of the Auditor General to conduct an audit of this review mechanism and his office will determine its scope and timing.

Office of the Prime Minister June 16th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, all of the previous prime minister's archived web content can be accessed by Library and Archives Canada, along with other archived government material. Canadians expect government websites to reflect the most up-to-date and accurate information when they are searching on these sites.

The fact is, and I assure my friend opposite, that our government hopes that the memory of the former Conservative prime minister lives in the minds of Canadians for a very long time.

Main Estimates, 2016-17 June 14th, 2016

Mr. Chair, I am glad the hon. member cleared that up. The form of this bill is the same as that passed in the previous supply period, which was in its proper form.

Main Estimates, 2016-17 June 14th, 2016

moved:

That the Supplementary Estimates (A) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, be concurred in.

Main Estimates, 2016-17 June 14th, 2016

Mr. Chair, the form of this bill is in the same form as that which was passed in the previous supply period, which was in its proper form. I want to thank my hon. friend for his continued interest in my figures. I can assure him that everything is in the proper form.

Main Estimates, 2016-17 June 14th, 2016

moved:

That the main estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, except any vote disposed of earlier today and less the amounts voted in Interim Supply, be concurred in.

Public Service June 13th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the government is working very hard to restore a culture of respect towards our public service, and we will continue to do just that during our negotiations.

On the question of outsourcing, this is a question we are engaged with the public service on. We believe very strongly that we can do more to engage our professional public service to provide better services for Canadians and better value for taxpayers at the same time. We are deeply engaged in this dialogue.

Questions on the Order Paper June 10th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, with regard to each meeting of the Treasury Board during the period of November 3, 2015, to April 22, 2016: (a) when the House of Commons is in session, the Treasury Board usually sits on Thursday.

In response to part (b) of the question, the information requested is a confidence of the Queen’s Privy Council and cannot be provided.

Regarding part (c), the committee members are the President of the Treasury Board, chair; the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, vice-chair; the Minister of Finance; the Minister of Health; the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Alternate members are the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Minister of Democratic Institutions.

In response to part (d), the information requested is a confidence of the Queen’s Privy Council and cannot be provided.

Parliamentary Budget Officer June 9th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, we have tremendous respect and support for the work of the parliamentary budget officer. We will continue to work closely with his office.

We also would like to draw the attention of the hon. member to what the PBO said recently about what this government had done to render the budget and estimates process more transparent and open. We will continue to view his work as being important and work to establish a more open and transparent government and budgeting process for Canadian.

Finance May 19th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the parliamentary budget officer's latest report confirms that our government is making significant progress in presenting its spending plans more transparently and in a more timely fashion to Parliament.

In his own words, the PBO said that these important improvements will enhance “parliamentary financial scrutiny”.

Our government has and is raising the bar on openness, transparency, and accountability to Parliament.