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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

Public Accounts of Canada October 25th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour today to table, in both official languages, the Public Accounts of Canada for 2015.

The Auditor General of Canada has provided an unqualified audit opinion on the Government of Canada's financial statements.

The Government of Canada is committed to sound financial management and to monitoring the use of public funds to enhance accountability and transparency.

Public Service of Canada October 24th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, we have immense respect for our professional public service in Canada. In fact, we have reversed much of the regressive Conservative measures and legislation against labour, including against our public service. We are negotiating in good faith at the bargaining table and we will continue to do so. Unlike the Conservatives, we are not going to negotiate on the floor of the House of Commons or through the media. We will negotiate in good faith at the bargaining table with our public service.

Treasury Board October 6th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the trips to which she is referring were fully disclosed and in fact pre-approved by the Ethics Commissioner. In each case, I was accompanying Mr. Sobey because we were both members of The Trilateral Commission and also invitees to the World Economic Forum Davos meetings.

Sponsored travel is something that all members of Parliament fully disclose. That is what I did, and I would recommend to the hon. member and her colleagues to do the same thing.

Treasury Board October 6th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I have always worked with and been open with the commissioner's office. As a public office holder, my holdings are publicly disclosed. They are in a blind trust. I do not discuss that with my partner, in the same way that, as a cabinet minister, I do not discuss cabinet business with my partner.

The commissioner decides if a screen is necessary and, based on the facts, she has said it is not.

Access to Information September 28th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to recognize Right to Know Day.

Our government is committed to openness and transparency. I have issued a directive that enshrines the principle that government information should be open by default.

We will soon introduce a bill that will enhance the Access to Information Act, as we promised. We will then conduct a comprehensive review of the act in order to update it so it better serves Canadians.

Government Expenditures September 28th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member will find that, in fact, Brookfield has clarified its comments and have confirmed that members of the Prime Minister's staff were consistent with the truth.

Beyond that, it is important that the opposition recognize that the moving expense policy, as applied to ministers' offices, is the same policy that applied to the previous Conservative government. Treasury Board is reviewing that policy.

Government Expenditures September 28th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, again, the policy for relocation, as it applies to ministers' offices, is the same policy of the previous Conservative government. Treasury Board is evaluating that policy.

I would remind the hon. member, who was I believe a caucus member previously, that under the Conservatives, there were staff members who were reimbursed for moving expenses in excess of $90,000.

Treasury Board is reviewing this and we will fix it.

Government Expenditures September 28th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the relocation policy for ministers' offices is the same policy as that of the previous Conservative government.

We are also aware that under the previous Conservative government, there were ministerial staffers reimbursed, in some cases, for $90,000 worth of moving expenses.

The Prime Minister and his office have asked me, and Treasury Board, to review the policy. Treasury Board will review the policy, and report back to Canadians.

Justice September 27th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, we will not take any advice from the Conservatives on appointment processes. It was under the Conservatives that their minister of justice, for six of the nine appointments for justices in Nova Scotia, appointed his friends. In fact, he appointed the best man from his wedding to the bench. He appointed his best man's wife to the bench. If the Conservatives had not been turfed out in the last election, they might have appointed his entire wedding party to the bench.

The fact is that Atlantic Canadians deserve better than that, and we are giving—

Justice September 26th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I was referring broadly to the habits of the previous government in their appointments, not just of judges. I am not talking about Supreme Court judges, but some of the judicial appointments that occurred under the previous government, including the previous justice minister Peter MacKay's best man at his wedding and the best man's wife. These are not the kinds of appointments that actually should be occurring within a government.

We respect the Supreme Court, but the previous government's appointments over the years to a number of posts were wrong.