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Ethics  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister promised openness and transparency, but yesterday at the ethics committee that proved to be more empty promises. The Liberals voted to shut down a study of the “Trudeau II Report”, but they could not do it alone. The Prime Minister made a deal with

March 10th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, it is admirable and it is laudable that the government does endeavour to have a judiciary that reflects the face of the people who are served by the judiciary. However, it can do that without just picking Liberals. We know it is a matter of public record that the

March 9th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, how does one become a judge in Canada? One would think individuals would take the LSAT, go to law school, get a good job, establish a career that demonstrates their ability and their merit year after year, and maybe they would be deemed fit to be appointed to the b

March 9th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for St. John's East for raising those points. He has laid out a list of activities and initiatives that have been identified as important by the people who elected him and his NDP colleagues. All of us in this place can agree that Canadians ele

February 28th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, how does one become a judge in Canada? Well, under the Liberal government, one had better be a Liberal. Donating helps applicants, too. This government's use of its political database Liberalist in judicial appointments directly contradicts the PMO line, “All judic

February 28th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, there is a lot to unpack there from the parliamentary secretary. I thought it was interesting that the member for Spadina—Fort York was nodding along while the parliamentary secretary was upset about heckling in the chamber and while he is next to an arch-heckler

February 28th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Ethics  Madam Speaker, I would say balderdash to that. I do not believe that “character assassination” is the correct term to be used here, because that would imply that what I said was malicious and unjustified. It is a fact that the Prime Minister was twice found guilty of breaking t

February 27th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Ethics  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in this House. I have said before and I will say again that, when I was appointed by the leader of the official opposition as the shadow minister for ethics, I told the leader, and I have told folks who have asked, that I hoped to be the

February 27th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for his efforts today in working on behalf of Canadians. We want action taken. Like Canadians, we want to see a government that is going to address the matters of the day. We have heard that the Liberals are seized with the issues.

February 21st, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Jeanette Runciman  Mr. Speaker, retired Senator Bob Runciman had a political career spanning 45 years at the local, provincial and federal levels. He was a senior cabinet minister in Ontario and twice the interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. None of it would have been possible wi

February 21st, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act  Mr. Speaker, it is really important that Canadians have confidence in anyone who is responsible for discharging duties on behalf of the government. The bill would give an opportunity for that. It is also important that ministers of the Crown and the House hold individuals accoun

February 21st, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act  Mr. Speaker, my daughter Ama is here with me today. She is spending the day with her dad in Parliament. While she and my other children, Luke, Michaela and James, enjoy a good fairy tale, I am not sure they would understand or appreciate the fairy tale that the parliamentary secr

February 21st, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to the government bill, Bill C-3, an act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and the Canada Border Services Agency Act. The bill would rename the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP to the public compl

February 21st, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Privacy  Mr. Speaker, my colleague talked about the robust system that is in place for the public servants who are responsible for handling these files. I talked about a top-down issue that they have. He also talked about the remedial training or support that public servants would receive

February 20th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative

Privacy  Mr. Speaker, answers tabled in response to a query from my colleague, the member for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, showed 38 government agencies reported a total of more than 5,000 incidents last year in which classified or otherwise protected documents were mishandled and sto

February 20th, 2020House debate

Michael BarrettConservative