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Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to be here tonight to pose a question for my friend and colleague from the Conservative Party. Of course, I would gently remind him that it was the Conservative government that in fact was taken to court by the Parliamentary Budget Office for not shari

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I would like to help my colleague with his research. If he would like information about how each amount is spent, he can consult the website or use Google. All he has to do is search for the following phrase: “Treasury Board Canada budget implementation vote 2018”,

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I really appreciate the question. Let me start off by saying that it is patently obvious we have to diversify our international trade relationships. That is why our Minister of International Trade, our Prime Minister, and our whole team are working very hard to sig

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I believe the hon. member's question was specifically on Public Services and Procurement Canada. To go through that, the investments will be $307 million, through the 2018-19 main estimates, for PSPC to stabilize the government's pay system. That is a mess we inher

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I would draw the attention of the hon. member to the words of the Auditor General, who did recognize that our government could not move funding arbitrarily from one of these commitment to another, one of these investments that are listed quite clearly in annex 1 of t

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, Treasury Board is not only acting more rigorously than under the previous government, but is acting more transparently. I suspect the hon. member is familiar with the search engine Google. If he were to google Treasury Board Canada budget implementation vote 2018,

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  moved: That Vote 1, in the amount of $465,000, under Northern Pipeline Agency — Program expenditures and contributions, in the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, be concurred in. Mr. Speaker, tonight, I am pleased to speak about the 2018-19 main estima

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Social Development  Mr. Speaker, our government understands digital services should be based on user needs, not government processes. Earlier this year, my parliamentary secretary, the member for Vancouver Quadra, represented Canada as we signed the Digital 7 charter, joining leading digital nations

May 11th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, there is only one party in the House of Commons which has paid a $250,000-fine for breaking election rules, and that is the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party and the Harper Conservatives had the parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister taken to jail in

May 11th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is conflating two different things. One is a limit on all political parties in terms of their advertising spending, and we are putting in place a pre-writ period that would apply to all political parties. The other is on government advertising, and we

May 11th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, once again, we are committed to increasing Canadians' trust and participation in our democratic processes. This bill will make our elections more accessible, make the electoral process more secure and transparent, and ensure that political parties protect the privacy

May 11th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, in response to questions about the future electors registry, in fact, the information of young people who actually become part of that registry would not be shared with political parties. I was clear on that earlier this week. I am surprised that the Conservatives w

May 11th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, leading up to the last federal election, in fact, in the years of the Harper government, it spent almost a billion dollars on quasi-partisan government advertising. We changed the advertising policy for the Government of Canada to eliminate that kind of blatant parti

May 11th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, again, we believe very strongly that having more Canadians active in the political process, including in elections, is really important and vital for our democracy. That really starts with young Canadians. To have a registry of future voters and to engage young Cana

May 10th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, that is a great question. Again, it is very important to increase flexibility to help voters participate in the electoral process, just as it is very important to protect the integrity of our voting system. To restore vouching, as an example, is one area of flexib

May 10th, 2018House debate

Scott BrisonLiberal