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COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Mr. Speaker, our government has been very clear that when it comes to officers of Parliament, we will always comply with their offices. We know that there is an ethics investigation taking place, and we have stated publicly that we have confidence that the commissioner and his of

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Mr. Speaker, it is important that the record show that the Prime Minister, back when he was sitting in the third party opposition benches, one of the first things he did as a Liberal member of Parliament was to bring forward proactive disclosure to the floor of the House of Commo

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, I believe I have answered that. Part of my conversations and back and forth with officials was to ensure the health and safety and security of Canadians, and I would assume those details are in the contribution agreement. We will remain focused on Canadians.

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, once again I refer the member and all Canadians to the testimony of the clerk yesterday at the finance committee. Members of all parties passed a motion to ensure this information was available. The clerk of the committee, as well as my deputy, have provided answers

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, the answer will be publicly available and will remind everyone that it was a recommendation by the public service. The non-partisan and professional public service does its due diligence, and I am confident it did its work before making a recommendation.

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, our public service is very hard-working and really well informed. It knows when it is able, and has the capacity, to deliver programs and when we need to use a third party. I accept that—

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, we have been clear that we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Canadians from coast to coast. We know that all sectors have also been impacted. Our government has continuously worked with provinces, territories and municipalities to respond to these var

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, it was a contribution agreement that was negotiated between the public service and the organization. As the member knows, and as I have testified at committee, contribution agreements are proactively disclosed and will be available in the public forum.

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, once again, it is a contribution agreement. Officials who were at committee to testify were able to provide the differences between them. I encourage the member to check out the testimony. Yes, we did—

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, that is a really long question from the member. What is clear is that we have put out a suite of programs to respond to the very challenging and unprecedented time. When it comes to the suite of programs for students, it is no exception. What we did with the student

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, I believe that is the question the member asked yesterday. As I stated in the House, we will get the information and make sure the member has it.

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, I am not sure where these questions are going. We will ensure that information will be made available. When I was at committee, I said that we would make as much information available as possible. The clerk was there yesterday. He also committed to making that inform

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, it was because the public service made a recommendation. The member opposite has this information because of the witnesses who were able to testify before the committee. The Standing Committee on Finance asked me to testify and I appeared. I provided information.

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, our government will continue to help Canadians during the pandemic. We know that everyone has been affected, including students. We are going to make sure that they have the necessary programs. We will be there for Canadians during the pandemic, as we have been ever

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Madam Chair, as I said, we came up with an idea for a program that would have another program to help students, and the public service made a recommendation. Yesterday, the member opposite heard the testimony of the Clerk of the Privy Council, who said that they did their work a

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal