May 15, 1986

NDP

John R. Rodriguez

New Democratic Party

Mr. John R. Rodriguez (Nickel Belt):

Mr. Speaker, my final supplementary question is also directed to the Deputy Prime Minister. Despite the investigation which will go on, the adequacy of the process of conflict of interest remains. Can the Deputy Minister give the House some assurance that there will be a method whereby the Standing Committee which has traditionally looked at these matters will in fact look at those guidelines?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT COMMITTEE EXAMINE GUIDELINES
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PC

Erik Nielsen (Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Erik Nielsen (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, if the hon. gentleman is asking me to commit the Prime Minister and the Government to make a selection now of options based on something which has not yet been produced, namely, the report, surely that is simply not intelligent.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT COMMITTEE EXAMINE GUIDELINES
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NDP

John R. Rodriguez

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rodriguez:

You're looking at fact.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT COMMITTEE EXAMINE GUIDELINES
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PC

Erik Nielsen (Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nielsen:

The options arise only after the report has been produced. Does not reason compel the Hon. Member to the conclusion that we should await the report in order then to select the option as to which way to proceed from that point on?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT COMMITTEE EXAMINE GUIDELINES
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PUBLIC WORKS

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Public Works and concerns the letting of contracts for the Museum of Man in Hull. What steps does the Minister intend to take to give this House and the Canadian people the assurance that the contract-letting process used by his department, and especially in the case of the Museum in Hull, remains worthy of the trust of Canadians?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   AWARDING OF CONTRACTS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I think I can give the House that assurance and I want to say first of all that almost all contracts were let by the previous Government. As the Minister of Public of Works, I have been responsible for museums only since May 1985, and I can again give the Hon. Member the assurance that everything is being done by public tender, in the best interests of Canadians.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   AWARDING OF CONTRACTS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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REQUEST THAT ROBERGE COMMITTEE BE ABOLISHED

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is for the Deputy Prime Minister. Is the Deputy Prime Minister now intending to abolish the Roberge patronage committee, which meets at the Ritz-Carlton, and other patronage organizations which exist within the Government and, more particularly, those that we saw reflected in the letter from the Hon. Member for Quebec East when he wrote concerning patronage-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ROBERGE COMMITTEE BE ABOLISHED
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. 1 have trouble finding that question supplementary to the first question the Hon. Member addressed to the Minister of Public Works. Does the Hon. Member have a supplementary question?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ROBERGE COMMITTEE BE ABOLISHED
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LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Mr. Boudria:

Mr. Speaker, I will direct my question to the Deputy Prime Minister. Does he intend to end whatever committees there are involving patronage contracts from the Department of Public Works and any other Department to ensure that the credibility-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ROBERGE COMMITTEE BE ABOLISHED
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ROBERGE COMMITTEE BE ABOLISHED
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I still find it difficult to find that question supplementary to the contract process which was the subject of the first question. The Hon. Member for Winnipeg North Centre.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ROBERGE COMMITTEE BE ABOLISHED
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INTEGRITY OF CONTRACT PROCESS

NDP

Cyril Keeper

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cyril Keeper (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Public Works. In light of the events of today, the charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, and without commenting in any way whatsoever on the innocence or guilt of an individual, will the Minister tell the House what he is prepared to do now to preserve the integrity of the contract letting process for public contracts?

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INTEGRITY OF CONTRACT PROCESS
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PC

Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I think all Members of this House are familiar with the usual workings and structure of this process, and we continue to make public calls for tender, and the best bid is usually the one selected by the Government. Now in the circumstances, I do not think I have anything new to announce. I think we should maintain the system of public contract-letting, and ensure that competence and cost considerations remain our fundamental criteria for letting contracts.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INTEGRITY OF CONTRACT PROCESS
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REQUEST THAT MINISTER EXAMINE PROCESS

NDP

Cyril Keeper

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cyril Keeper (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the same Minister. Surely on a day when enough evidence has been gathered for 50 charges to be laid

Oral Questions

against an individual it is time for the Minister to take another look at the contract letting process to assure us, once again, that this process can take place without political influence?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT MINISTER EXAMINE PROCESS
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT MINISTER EXAMINE PROCESS
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PC

Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. La Salle:

Mr. Speaker, I don't think I can comment on the Hon. Member's remarks, considering the fact that the matter is before the courts. About the contract-letting and the procedure being followed, I would like to remind the Hon. Member that our procedure observes the criteria of competence, quality and cost in selecting the best bid, in the interests of all Canadians.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT MINISTER EXAMINE PROCESS
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May 15, 1986