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Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, it seems to me that one of the main themes for the government with respect to this bill is the idea of a one-tier ministry. It keeps coming up. We have tried and I have tried in various stages of debate on the bill to try to figure out what exactly that means and wha

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to commend the member for Brampton East on his apparent knowledge of the bill and to somewhat probe that extensive knowledge of Bill C-24 and the Salaries Act. One of the things he mentioned about the problem with ministers of state was that the government wa

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I want to thank the member for Winnipeg North for demonstrating for anybody listening at home who thought that I might have been unfairly partisan in my remarks the fundamental incoherence of the Liberal position when it comes to Bill C-24. We saw that very tail ch

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  You don't need to, Kevin. We only brought it up because you did.

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Thornhill for coming back to this issue, because the only thing of substance happening in this bill is probably this strange tying of the hands of future governments, which might quite reasonably decide they want to have separate ministers fo

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, if the Liberals believe in a one-tier ministry, they should know that the structure of Global Affairs very clearly puts the Minister of Foreign Affairs above the Minister of International Trade and the Minister of International Development. It is clearly a hierarch

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  Why?

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I made a number of arguments during my speech. I find it interesting that the one that highlighted the insignificance of the member for Winnipeg North in the government is the one that caught his attention most.

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question. I also thank her for raising an issue that I think is really important and that I wanted to talk about in my speech. Experts have said that Bill C-24 does either very little or nothing at all for women in cabinet, and they h

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act  Madame Speaker, here we are again debating a bill that has the dubious distinction of leaving things as they are, with one notable exception, which is to tie the hands of future governments with respect to being able to have independent, separate ministers for each of the economi

December 12th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the member's speech had a lot of pop, although for reasons outside his control, it was a little less bright than the last speech given. On the theme of omnibus bills, I think there is a misunderstanding. I wonder if some of my Conservative colleagues thought that wh

December 11th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I want to come back to my previous question because I did not hear in the answer from the parliamentary secretary a reference to any particular amendment that has been adopted to address some of the concerns raised about what Bill C-51 might mean for the consent re

December 11th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for his speech, which demonstrates the breadth and scope of the issues being addressed in Bill C-51. One of the issues he addressed had to do with the modification of language around consent to clarify exactly that means in an effort to codify

December 11th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, I do not think proactive disclosure by ministers who decide what to proactively disclose, without any independent oversight or input from Canadians, is more accountability.

December 5th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, maybe I will come back to this point about proactive disclosure because this is the sleight of hand that the government is trying to use. The Liberals are trying to say that Canadians are going to have more information because now the government is going to have pr

December 5th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP