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National Defence  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Marc-Aurèle-Fortin for his support of the reservists. Last week, I was in Laval to announce changes to the reserve force pay. The reservists will now be paid the same as the regular force for the valuable work they do. This importan

June 17th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, we are proud of the work of the women and men in uniform and civilians who have served in Afghanistan. I want to thank Mr. Ayubi for his work and dedication to helping our Canadian Armed Forces members. For privacy reasons, I cannot speak to the specifics of the ca

June 17th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I want to remind the member of the quote by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada: No other factors were considered in this decision, nor was there any contact or influence from outside the PPSC, including political influence in either the initial decision to pr

June 13th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, as I have stated, General Vance, as chief of the defence staff, has a responsibility. We should give him his space to have discussions with Vice-Admiral Norman in terms of his duties. I have the utmost faith in the defence team and the leadership to move forward in

June 11th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, as I said in the House yesterday, and outside to the media, I offer my heartfelt apologies to the families of the fallen for this ceremony. The families of our fallen will always have access to this memorial and an appropriate ceremony will be organized for them. I

May 28th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, I am not going to politicize or dignify the member's insinuations in this regard. As I stated, I want to offer my heartfelt apologies to the families of our fallen. This memorial will always be accessible to the families. An appropriate ceremony will be organized fo

May 28th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt apologies to the families of the fallen. As the chief of the defence staff has already written a letter to all the families, we will direct the department to make sure that this hall and memorial will be made acce

May 27th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I will stand up in the House, stand up in public, to be able to apologize for the insensitivities of that ceremony. As I stated, we have directed the department to make sure that the hall is accessible to all the families. I was able to meet with some of the families

May 27th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as I have stated already, not only have I apologized, but the chief of the defence staff has apologized for the insensitivity to the families of the fallen. I understand where the members are trying to go with this. The decision for this memorial was made back when t

May 27th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I thought I would take the question because the CSE was not talked about. I want to give justice to the tremendous work that the CSE has been doing behind the scenes, especially when it comes to protecting Canadians for decades. In this new sphere of cyber, the CSE has

May 15th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, the previous government, which the member was a part of as parliamentary secretary for national defence, had 10 years to replace the fighter fleet, and it should have, but it did not get it done. This time, not only do we have a policy that states we need more aircra

May 15th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, our relationship with the U.S. is even further enhanced because we are doing things around the world together. We are engaging with them on operations. I had many opportunities to go to the Pentagon and had many opportunities for myself and officials to discuss many th

May 15th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I said the criteria were met. Because the situation had changed, the criteria were met, and based on that new information and that change, I immediately authorized the reimbursement of the legal fees.

May 15th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, my office and I respect the independence of the Auditor General, and in fact we take the recommendations very, very seriously. The only fiasco that was created was by the previous government in bungling the replacement of the fighters a long time ago. These jets should

May 15th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, we are committed to having an open and transparent competition to replace all the jets. We based it on the requirements of our Canadian Armed Forces. I also know that the Leader of the Opposition made a statement in Montreal regarding an open and transparent competit

May 15th, 2019House debate

Harjit S. SajjanLiberal