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Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, that question is better posed to the government House leader, as this was not part of my portfolio. However, I do welcome and congratulate the individual whom we are putting forward for recommendation. My understanding is that he is of exceptional quality and has a

June 14th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, as my hon. colleague knows, every province regulates how it does political fundraising and that is up to each province to decide. I believe that at the federal level this is a reasonable limit. With regard to that, it should be noted that the average donation is ab

June 14th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, in fact I have already begun consulting with the parties opposite, both the leaders and the presidents of the parties as well as my opposition critics, on a whole range of issues including the debates commissioner within my mandate letter. Furthermore, I am particu

June 14th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, we know and have the facts from Statistics Canada that almost 200,000 Canadians did not vote in the last federal election because they did not have the sufficient identification required to vote. The voter identification card is an excellent way for Canadians to be

June 14th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, obviously gender inclusion and ensuring that we have more gender balance in the House of Commons is a deeply important issue for me, as it is for this government. I thank the member for bringing forward his proposal. It is something that I am looking into to see wh

June 14th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, as it is clearly outlined in Bill C-50, this legislation would only apply to cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister, party leaders, and leadership contestants. It is precisely to provide more information to Canadians about political fundraising. It is within the rig

June 14th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin my remarks this evening by acknowledging that this week is the 25th annual National Public Service Week. Now is the time to celebrate the tireless work of the more than 250,000 public servants who support the Government of Canada and ensure tha

June 14th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows, this government has been the most open and accessible government that Canadians have seen in recent history in terms of being able to access the Prime Minister, whether it is at a town hall, or a minister, whether it is at a round table thro

June 8th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, my bill indeed does what my mandate letter requires, which is advertising in advance where political fundraisers will take place. When we advertise where they are and where tickets can be purchased, that information is then available to the public. The bill is about

June 8th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, Bill C-50 would respond to a recommendation from the Chief Electoral Officer to align certain leadership and nomination contestant expense rules with that of election candidates. This recommendation was unanimously supported by the procedure and House affairs committ

June 8th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for her interest. This legislation specifically deals with political fundraising events. I am looking at a number of recommendations that will be coming from the CEO and Elections Canada's report. He made 132 recommendations. As I mentioned

June 8th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned in the speech, the bill is about making fundraising more open and transparent. It is precisely about providing more information to the public with regard to political fundraising. All members in the House know that political parties need funds to opera

June 8th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Canada Elections Act  moved that Bill C-50, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing), be read the second time and referred to a committee. Madam Speaker, it is a great pleasure to rise today to speak to Bill C-50, an act to amend the Canada Elections Act, regarding political fi

June 8th, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, I had the pleasure of introducing Bill C-50 on Wednesday. It will bring a new level of openness and transparency to political fundraising events. Canadians will know where and when events took place, who attended, and whether the Prime Minister, a member of cabinet,

June 2nd, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, this legislation, for the first time, is going to let Canadians know when, where, and who attended fundraisers. This will take place during appreciation events and fundraisers that have a cost of over $200, where a party leader, leadership contestant, cabinet ministe

June 2nd, 2017House debate

Karina GouldLiberal