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Question Period: Access to Information Act and Gun Registry (June 16th, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 19, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers,

On June 16, 2015, my colleague Ralph Goodale and I asked the Prime Minister about the political pressure his office exerted on the RCMP to violate the Access to Information Act, according to the Information Commissioner of Canada.

We asked the Prime Minister to come clean on these outrageous shenanigans, unworthy of a State that is based on the rule of law.

Please find these exchanges below. As always, I will be very pleased to read any comments you might have.

Enjoy your read!

Stéphane Dion

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Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, according to court documents, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness pressured the RCMP to destroy documents, documents within the jurisdiction of the Information Commissioner.

The minister knew it was illegal, as did the RCMP, and all the while they said the documents were safe, but that was a lie. Some officers even joked that the PMO would owe them a lot of drinks for helping them break the law.

Counselling illegal behaviour and cover-up; is this not reason enough to give the Information Commissioner the binding authority to order disclosure?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the issue at hand is, of course, the former long gun registry. It was this Parliament and this government that passed legislation explicitly to destroy that registry. The RCMP is acting upon that legislation. We obviously encourage them to do that.

I know that the Liberal Party wants to bring back the long gun registry, but that is against the wishes not only of this Parliament but also against the wishes of Canadians.

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, he just keeps making it up.

The will of Parliament is not the illegal destruction of documents. The will of Parliament is not the obstruction of justice. The will of Parliament is not lying to the Information Commissioner.

If Canadians are going to trust their government, their government needs to trust them, trust them with access to information, trust them with the facts, trust them with the truth.

Why does the government believe that it cannot accomplish its policy objectives without breaking the law? That is an attitude of a tin pot republic, not Canada.

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the will of this Parliament is to destroy the long gun registry, and the will of this Parliament—

An hon. member: And the law of the land.

Right Hon. Stephen Harper: —and the law of the land is to make sure that the next Liberal government does not get a head start on trying to recreate such a long gun registry.

That is what Canadians were promised. That is what we have delivered.

Now, I do not know why it is that these guys in the Liberal Party are so obsessed with going after farmers and duck hunters, and they oppose mandatory prison sentences for people who actually use guns to commit crimes. That is what we stand for.

Hon. Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, since—

Some hon. members: Oh, oh!

The Speaker

Order. The hon. member for Saint-Laurent–Cartierville has the floor.

Hon. Stéphane Dion

Mr. Speaker, since the Prime Minister himself is talking about the next Liberal government, I want to point out that a Liberal government will rescind the unconstitutional retroactive legislation his government is trying to pass.

The Conservatives are simply trying to pass this legislation to hide their own wrongdoing when they interfered in the RCMP’s business and violated the Access to Information Act.

Is it not time that the Access to Information Act covered the operations of the Prime Minister’s Office and of his ministers?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, once again, this government made a commitment to people in the regions that it would eliminate the long gun registry and impose mandatory minimum sentences on people who commit crimes with long guns and firearms. That is the policy and law in this country. That is the policy established by this Parliament, and the RCMP respects that.

 

Question Period: Access to Information Act (June 15th, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 16, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers,

An Affidavit tabled in Federal Court by the Information Commissioner of Canada shows that the Office of the Minister of Public Safety pressured the RCMP to violate the Access to Information Act, according to the Commissioner. The Conservative government is now trying to change the law retroactively to avoid being prosecuted for exerting this undue pressure.

On June 15, 2015, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, MP for Wascana, and I took the government to task for this outrage, unworthy of a State that is based on the rule of law.

Please find these exchanges below. As always, I will be very pleased to read any comments you might have.

Enjoy your read!

Stéphane Dion

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Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Information Commissioner has taken the government to court over its illegal destruction of records. These records were and still are the subject of a live, unresolved access to information request.

Documents filed in court make three points. First, the destruction of these documents was indeed illegal. Second, both the RCMP and the public safety minister were fully aware of that illegality. Third, the minister’s office pressured the RCMP to break the law and cover it up.

Who in the minister’s office counselled that illegal behaviour?

 

Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. It is this government that has ended the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry. We reject any claim that the RCMP did anything wrong by following the express will of Parliament to destroy the data from the long-gun registry.

It was still possible to access outdated data from the long gun registry. We are fixing that loophole.

We will stand up for law-abiding citizens and stop treating them as second-class citizens in this country.

 

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the government cannot slough this off. It is being investigated now by the OPP.

If the government thinks it can whitewash this illegality with some retroactive exemption buried in the budget bill, it needs to think again. A new government in October could just as easily withdraw that phony absolution, especially for those who pressured the RCMP into illegal conduct and then lied about it.

Who concocted the plan to destroy the data illegally while deceitfully telling the Information Commissioner that it was preserved?

Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, let us be very clear. It is our government that put an end to the wasteful and inefficient long gun registry after Parliament expressed its will in a vote.

What is shameful is that that member and his party are putting out misleading ads at the expense of public safety. We will continue to implement effective measures to protect the public and to show respect for the firearms community, law-abiding Canadians who do not deserve to be treated like second-class citizens.

Hon. Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the minister is doing his level best to avoid the question. To sum up, in 2012, the office of the Minister of Public Safety, with the approval of the Prime Minister’s Office and in violation of the Access to Information Act, put pressure on the RCMP to destroy the data from the gun registry as quickly as possible.

Will the Conservatives admit that they broke the law, that they are now trying to change the law retroactively to cover their tracks, and that the scheme they tried to hide—which the minister is still trying to hide—is both constitutionally suspect and morally indefensible?

Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I will be very clear about this. Our government is very proud to have followed the will of Parliament by destroying the wasteful and ineffective long gun registry. We will not apologize for respecting the will of Parliament. We will, however, make sure that the Liberals’ misleading ads, which threaten public safety, will be treated like the hogwash they are. We will treat all Canadians with respect. Law-abiding Canadians will be treated like everyone else, not like second-class citizens.

 

The Future of French in Canada

Posted on June 15, 2015 | No Comments

Dear readers,

On June 13, 2015 at the University of Ottawa, I delivered the opening conference of the 4ème Université d’été sur la francophonie des Amériques. In this conference, entitled “The Future of French in Canada”, I argue that it would be beneficial for our country to give a new impetus to the promotion of French in Canada.

You can find the text of the conference here: The Future of French in Canada.

As always, I will be very pleased to read any comments you might have.

Stéphane Dion

Question Period: 150th Anniversary of the Confederation and Partisanship (June 12th, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 15, 2015 | No Comments

Dear all, On June 12, 2015, I asked the Conservative government why it was transforming the preparation of the 150th anniversary of Confederation into a hornets’ nest. […]

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Time for Boldness on Senate Reform, Time for the Trudeau Plan

Posted on June 11, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers, At a time when the Senate is in very bad shape, the only reform that is more than ever necessary, the only reform plan […]

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Review of Dance in Canada

Posted on June 10, 2015 | No Comments

Dear readers, The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, on which I serve as co-chair, has tabled its report on (insert official name of […]

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Review of the Canadian Feature Film Industry – Liberal Supplementary Opinion

Posted on June 9, 2015 | No Comments

Dear all, The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage just tabled its report on the Canadian feature film industry and the federal policies that should […]

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Question Period: Supporting Canadian Families (June 5th, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 8, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On June 5, 2015 in the House of Commons, my Liberal colleague Scott Brison and I argued that the reason why the Conservatives refuse […]

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Jacques Parizeau’s Distinctive Take on Separatism

Posted on June 4, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On June 4, 2015, La Presse, in French and Maclean’s, in English, published an article in which I highlight the originality of Jacques Parizeau’s […]

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Michael Chong’s Democratic Reform Bill (C-586) Will Not Improve Canadian Democracy, But the Senate Must Pass It Anyway

Posted on June 4, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On June 2, 2015, the Senate invited me to give the reasons why I didn’t agree with C-586, Michael Chong’s Bill on democratic reform. […]

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