Hon. Herb Gray (Deputy Prime Minister, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is wrong. The Prime Minister is not saying that a minister can break the law. He is saying just the opposite. He is saying that from the information we have, the minister voted properly. The Prime Minister has asked the ethics counsellor to look into the matter and make a report to him.
On the basis of the information available, the hon. minister acted in good faith according to the advice she received about the municipal voting law. With respect to the contracts in question, they were found to conform totally with treasury board guidelines.
The hon. member ought to withdraw his unwarranted and unfactual assertions.
Topic: Oral Question Period
Subtopic: Minister for International Cooperation