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Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, it has been government policy, for relocation expenses, to reimburse senior officials and their families since the 1970s. This policy was revisited in 2008 and 2011 by the previous Harper government. It had an opportunity to do something. It did nothing. The previ

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, this is about recognizing that better is possible. This is about recognizing that the current rules that are in place were--

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, I will continue with my response. It is interesting, because even the opposition recognizes that we can do better and that we will do better. That is why the Prime Minister has asked the Treasury Board to create a new policy to govern relocation expenses. Let us no

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, as you and everyone else knows, this policy on the reimbursement of moving expenses has been in place since the 1970s. It was the previous government, Stephen Harper's government, that developed the policy currently in place. The office of prime minister Stephen Harp

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question. Our government knows that the policy needs to be reviewed. If they continue to ask the same question, I will continue to give the same answer. It was our Prime Minister who asked the Treasury Board to draft a new policy. We will

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, these are policies that were put in place in the 1970s. Our government recognizes that they need to be reviewed. That is why our Prime Minister has shown leadership and asked the Treasury Board to create a new policy to govern relocation expenses. Let us talk about

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, it gives me another opportunity to remind us that these reimbursement policies for reallocation costs have been in place in since the 1970s. The previous government had an opportunity to fix it, but it did not. That is why it is our government that recognizes that th

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, these are not so-called rules; these are the rules and every expense was made in accordance with the guidelines. That is the issue. It is our government that recognizes the previous Conservative government had an opportunity to do more. It did not. Our government rec

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, I cannot tell if the members opposite are making light of the situation, or heavy. This is a policy that our government recognizes needs to be reviewed and I will remind Canadians that this is a policy that has been in place since the 1970s. These are the same rules

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, as has been said time and time again, there is a relocation policy that has been in place since the 1970s. The previous government had an opportunity to revisit these policies. It did not. The government recognizes the need to review these policies. That is why our

September 26th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Salaries Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act. (Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act  moved that Bill C-22, An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts, be read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. Mr. Speake

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act  Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned in my remarks, all appointments to this committee will be Governor in Council appointments. They will be made with the advice of the Prime Minister. No decisions have been made. What is important is the work this committee of parliamentarians will be a

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act  Mr. Speaker, if the member looks at the legislation and gives it a chance, he will see that is not the case. Ministers will have to justify why they are withholding information. Parliamentarians will be able to hold them to account in this place. Canadians will also know why they

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his work on behalf of his constituents and Canadians. This was not just a concern of the Liberal Party, but one that Canadians shared with us. It is a concern that we take very seriously. To answer the hon. member's question, I will clar

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal