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Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, I am going to ask that the minister take this seriously, please. The Prime Minister's friends were shamed into giving some of that money back. However, everyone knows that a bank robber who returns part of the loot does not get away without repercussions. Telford an

September 29th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, Canadians are tired of waking up every day to a new Liberal expense scandal. Yesterday, Brookfield Global Relocation Services shared that two prime ministerial aides, Butts and Telford, would have been briefed on their services and made fully aware. For the past wee

September 28th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, Canadians are expecting more from their government, not just the same old party antics and spending scandals that we saw in the 1990s and the early 2000s. There are many new faces in the government, but they have the same old Liberal sense of entitlement. Where is t

September 28th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, for days the Liberals have defended personalized cash payouts for the Prime Minister's best friends. On Friday, after being caught, they said the expenses were unreasonable because they had no justification or receipts. The Prime Minister's poor judgment allowed him

September 27th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, it is clear that the Liberal House leader only knows her approved talking points. Ironically, they were probably written by the staff to whom she forked over all of the money. Approved personalized cash payouts for moving expenses must be accounted for. We have no a

September 27th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, the minister is hiding behind the so-called rules, these same rules that they are talking about today. They had the choice. Each and every minister had the choice. The environment minister should be able to answer this question. She signed off on this money. She shou

September 26th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, the environment minister gave her staff over $116,000 to come to Ottawa. Her office admits that only $28,000 was actually used for moving. After getting caught, other Liberals have admitted their claims were unreasonable. When will the minister come clean and explai

September 26th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Immigration to Atlantic Canada  Madam Speaker, it is with the combined efforts of every level of government and the welcoming nature of all Canadians that we continue to be a nation known for our warm reception of newcomers, providing the foundation for seamless integration into our society. We recognize that b

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, here is the bottom line. The Prime Minister signed off on these expenses and wrote his best friends six-figure cheques. Yesterday, Gerry and Katie were willing to take the fall for their best friend, the Prime Minister. How can Canadians trust this Prime Minister's j

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, Canadians are asking why the Prime Minister's friends received over $200,000 in payouts for so-called moving expenses. The reason is the Prime Minister approved it. He could have limited their taxpayer abuse if he wanted to, but he chose not to. When will this Prime

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

St. Thomas Fundraiser  Mr. Speaker, 16-year-old Haley Angus from St. Thomas has been diagnosed with ITP, a rare blood disorder that destroys her blood platelets, which should clot her blood. A normal count reads between 150 and 400. Haley's platelet count is under 10. Treatments are very costly and a

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Spending  Mr. Speaker, we are going to try this again. It should not be too surprising that the Prime Minister's best friends learned how to stick taxpayers with the bill. After all, Gerry Butts and Katie Telford learned directly from the Wynne/McGuinty Liberals. In the race to spend a

September 22nd, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Spending  Mr. Speaker, is that why we had to go to The Globe and Mail to actually find out these answers? Canadians want to know why Liberals gave $1.1 million to Liberal friends. The justice minister doled out $114,000, and the foreign affairs minister forked out another $146,000. Worse s

September 22nd, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, I keep hearing Liberals use the words “open” and “transparent” in the responses to the million dollar move, which is ironic, given the lack of details provided to Canadians. If the Liberal House leader is so transparent, can she tell us exactly who she gave this $70

September 21st, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Expenditures  Mr. Speaker, $1.1 million was handed to Liberal staffers moving to Ottawa for six-figure jobs. The Liberal House leader herself provided over $70,000 to just one staffer. The rules say that it is at the minister's discretion. Does the minister think that forking out a million d

September 21st, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative