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Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, it is hard to imagine anything that creates more cynicism than being chastised for doing the right thing. We are very proud to be doing the right thing. It is overdue. We are taking a very good, fundamental step toward increasing openness and transparency through th

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, as I said, this is part of our massive effort across government to increase openness and transparency, not just through this act but through amendments to other acts that are on the Order Paper as well. We are fundamentally increasing the openness and transparency of

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the Centre for Law and Democracy for the concept of the RTI and for its contribution to the bill, through its advocacy, as it stands now. Our government is raising the bar and enshrining a culture of openness and transparency across government. The l

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Vancouver Quadra. I am proud to rise in the House to speak to Bill C-58, an act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. Our government was elected on a promise to reinforce public trust in our demo

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, our government takes the protection of the personal privacy of Canadians extremely seriously, which is why we proactively reached out to the Privacy Commissioner to answer any questions he might have had. We thank him for his very thorough report and we accept those

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

International Day of Democracy  Mr. Speaker, last week, nations around the globe observed the United Nations International Day of Democracy. Now in its 10th year, the International Day of Democracy has sparked important dialogue about strengthening our world's democracies since 2008. Here in Canada, we are luc

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Institutions  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2) , I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the report “Cyber Threats To Canada's Democratic Process”.

June 16th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, Bill C-50 is exactly about transparency and openness in how all parties are undertaking fundraising in Canada right now. I want to underscore again that the Prime Minister has made himself available at no cost to tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, the member is quite right. This is about standards that would apply to all members of this House and all parties. The standards that are being put forth in Bill C-50 would ensure that fundraising events would be advertised ahead of time, that those who attend would h

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands for her excellent question and for her devotion to this place and this work. As I dwelt on in the opening part of my earlier speech, this government feels, and I personally feel, that political fundraising is a fundamental

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question and for his hard work in this place. We currently have a Prime Minister who is the most publicly accessible prime minister we have ever had, a prime minister who repeatedly and tirelessly goes out of his way to connect with Canadia

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I must say that it is very difficult for me and for Canadians to understand the member's concern about the fundraising efforts of my party, given that all the rules and laws have been followed, as the Ethics Commissioner has definitively stated. In fact, the same rul

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, another key pillar of our democracy is an active media. I truly appreciate the work the Canadian press does every day to keep our democracy accountable. We respect the role journalists play informing and educating Canadians about their leaders, and we respect their r

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today to speak to the bill to continue this government's important work to strengthen Canadian democracy. Bill C-50, an act to amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing), would foster a new era of openness in Canada's political parties

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, that is a curious characterization. This House has accepted amendments from the other place on numerous occasions and will continue to do so when those amendments are helpful to Canadians. Bill C-6 and Bill C-14, medical assistance in dying, are great examples. Th

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal