September 22, 1987

NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Hon. Edward Broadbent (Oshawa):

With respect, I think that the Minister has just proven beyond any question that he is totally incompetent in terms of getting to the bottom of the problem.

In fairness to the integrity and reputation of the RCMP, and all the RCMP people who wish to do a good job-

September 22, 1987

Oral Questions

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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Donald Frank Mazankowski (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Treasury Board; Minister responsible for Privatization and Regulatory Affairs; Vice-President; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mazankowski:

What arrogance.

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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

I remind the Conservatives that there was incompetence in the RCMP in the past, and they know it very well. I wish to ask the Minister-

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Thomas Edward Siddon (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Siddon:

Are you questioning the Commissioner's-

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NDP

Derek Nigel Ernest Blackburn

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blackburn (Brant):

Did you never hear of the McDonald report?

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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

Read the McDonald report some time.

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George Harris Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Minister of State (Seniors))

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

You would have never said those things!

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John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member will put his question.

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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

In view of the seriousness of the allegations, does the Minister think it appropriate to request the Commissioner of the RCMP to bring to his attention the evidence that Mr. Besso stated is available?

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George Harris Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Minister of State (Seniors))

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

That is what he said.

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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

No, he did not.

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James Francis Kelleher (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. James Kelleher (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, of course it is a serious allegation. I am not suggesting for a moment it is not. Perhaps the Hon. Member is not, but I am very concerned about the integrity of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their reputation.

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Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

Why the cover-up?

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James Francis Kelleher (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Kelleher:

That is why, immediately, I went to the Commissioner, bright and early this morning-

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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

You are so thick.

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James Francis Kelleher (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Kelleher:

This is why he has spoken-

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Donald Frank Mazankowski (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Treasury Board; Minister responsible for Privatization and Regulatory Affairs; Vice-President; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mazankowski:

You don't trust the RCMP?

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James Francis Kelleher (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Kelleher:

-to his officers. They have fully reviewed the file in question, and they have come back, and I told you that the statement that was made in 1985 was true then, and it is still true now as a result of their reinvestigation.

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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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September 22, 1987