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National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act  Mr. Speaker, the committee's reports would be provided to the Prime Minister for the sole purpose of ensuring that they do not contain classified information. The Prime Minister would have no authority to alter the committee's findings and recommendations. The committee would act

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question. As I said, the Prime Minister, through the Governor in Council, will be making the appointments to the committee. This legislation has been needed for a long time. This is what Canadians have asked for. This is the work that we

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, as I have said in this House time and time again, this relocation policy has been in place since the 1970s. This policy was last updated under the previous government. We have also heard how Stephen Harper's office, when he was prime minister, approved over $300,00

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, all members in this House have heard what I have to say. Yes, I repeated it several times so we can remember that the former prime minister Stephen Harper's office also approved $300,000 in relocation expenses, including one of $93,000 for a single individual. More

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, the policy that the member is referring to has existed since the 1970s. The previous government had no problem approving it. As recently as 2011, the previous government had no problem approving $300,000 in relocation expenses, including one for $93,000. Let us go b

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, the question definitely means a lot coming from the member reading her question. I will remind members in the House that this policy has existed since the 1970s. I will remind members in the House that this government recognizes that this policy needs to be reviewed

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, what Canadians know is that the previous government did not do the work it was elected to do. This government recognizes that these policies can be improved. Members on this side of the House have recognized where improvements can be made, and the Minister of Immigr

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, this policy has been in place since the 1970s. This policy was last updated under the Harper Conservatives in 2008. It was revisited in 2011. They chose to do nothing. What this government recognizes is that more can be done. This government recognizes that we need

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, I think it is best to go once again to Guy Giorno, former chief of staff to Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper. What did he say in regard to this policy? He said: The federal relocation program—which applies to hundreds of moves annually, including moves by

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to answer the member's question, and I will quote once again from Guy Giorno, former chief of staff to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He said, “The relocation process is run by an independent third party. The third party de

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Oral Questions  Mr. Speaker, during question period, I quoted a document from Guy Giorno, former chief of staff to prime minister Stephen Harper, where he offered a spirited defence of the government relocation policy. I would like to table this important document, in both official languages, fo

September 27th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, just in case nobody has heard the answer before, these relocation policies have been in place since the 1970s. They were most recently reviewed by the previous Conservative government in 2011. Our government recognizes that these policies need to be reviewed, and tha

September 29th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, the member has heard my response, time and again. If she does not like my response, maybe she wants to hear it from Guy Giorno, former chief of staff to Stephen Harper. He said: The federal relocation program—which applies to hundreds of moves annually, including m

September 29th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, as I said, the policy on the reimbursement of moving expenses has been in place since the 1970s. It was Stephen Harper's Conservatives who developed this policy. We know that this policy needs to be reviewed. That is why the Prime Minister has asked the Treasury Boa

September 29th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, if members do not want to listen to my response, they perhaps might listen to Guy Giorno, a former chief of staff, who said that the relocation process was managed by an independent third party and that the third party determined the real costs based on the program's

September 29th, 2016House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal