Karen REDMAN

REDMAN, The Hon. Karen, P.C., B.A. (Hons.)

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Kitchener Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
January 8, 1953
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Redman
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c18998a2-e425-42bc-a39f-0e59d383c569&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
writer

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Kitchener Centre (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment (September 1, 2000 - January 12, 2003)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Kitchener Centre (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment (September 1, 2000 - January 12, 2003)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Kitchener Centre (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip (July 20, 2004 - February 6, 2006)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (July 20, 2004 - November 2, 2008)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Kitchener Centre (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip (July 20, 2004 - February 6, 2006)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (July 20, 2004 - November 2, 2008)
  • Chief Opposition Whip (February 10, 2006 - November 2, 2008)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 184)


June 20, 2008

Hon. Karen Redman (Kitchener Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the President of the Treasury Board is an embarrassment to his Conservative colleagues. His golden parachute eases him into a well-paying job as a judge in Manitoba but, alas, he is not finished embarrassing them yet.

In 2004 he complained about how much money judges were paid in this country, and I quote, “Despite the fact there are at least 10 qualified applicants for every position, the minister says he must boost the pay of judges...”. Where are the 10 qualified applicants for each judicial position? I wonder if the Minister of Justice will tell us the names of the 10 qualified applicants that are being passed over in favour of the President of the Treasury Board.

His soon to be honour once was quoted as saying, “I would not want to see the politicization of the process where judges run for office”. I am glad politics are being kept out of this appointment.

The President of the Treasury Board may soon go from the Conservative benches to the federal bench, but for the government and his colleagues, the embarrassment continues.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Government Appointments
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June 19, 2008

Hon. Karen Redman

Mr. Speaker, it is interesting that there is a selective knowledge or reporting of the Canada Elections Act.

I would point out to this House and to Canadians who are watching this across Canada that every candidate and every official agent signs off on their statements of account. There are a lot of rules and we are asked to abide by them.

From time to time Elections Canada will come back and ask individual members to look at receipts, to provide more information, and we do that gladly. As a matter of fact, if we are in contravention of that, we cannot take our seats in the House. This is not something to be taken lightly and the law of elections in Canada should not be considered to be applied loosely.

Elections Canada has cited the Conservative Party in the last election as having a systematic scheme of contravening--

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
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June 19, 2008

Hon. Karen Redman (Kitchener Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table a petition calling for the halt of the extradition of Stuart B. Collins, farm owner and resident of Shawville, Pontiac County in Quebec. It is signed by many concerned citizens.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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June 19, 2008

Hon. Karen Redman (Kitchener Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I previously asked a question about election expenses in this House during question period. I was very disappointed with the stonewalling that I was still getting from the Conservative government.

I would point out that in the last election the Conservative Party defined itself as a party that would champion transparency and accountability in government, yet since the Conservatives have come to government, we have seen anything but.

I happen to be a member of the procedure and House affairs committee. We sat for seven months and listened to government members stonewall and filibuster very legitimate work that needed to get done. There was legislation that needed to go through, but the government members on the procedure and House affairs committee were so worried about Elections Canada's challenge of their in and out scheme during the last election that they did not want it to be scrutinized by the committee.

I would point out that it is the legitimate purview of several committees to look at aspects of this in and out scheme. As a matter of fact, today the ethics committee passed a motion and it will examine this.

Quite clearly it fell within the purview, among other committees, of the procedure and House affairs committee to look at this. This is a scheme to pay for national advertising by transferring the funds to individual ridings.

It is very important to point out that in the Canadian electoral system there is an attempt to make a very level playing field by having campaign limits for every member in each riding. The limit is based on the number of electors in that riding. There are also limits on how much can be spent for advertising nationally by individual parties.

It was the view of the Chief Electoral Officer that the Conservative Party alone--I would point out it was not the NDP, not our Bloc colleagues and not the Liberal Party, but the Conservative Party alone--had inappropriately flowed $1.2 million of spending in a scheme that was labelled in and out. The reason it has that label is it was called that by individual candidates, former candidates. As a matter of fact, 67 ridings were involved in this scheme. Candidates themselves and official agents said that they objected to the fact that they had received a phone call saying that a certain amount of money--and the amounts varied; it could be $5,000 or $28,000--was going to be transfer into their account and they would be sent a bill which they had to pay and transfer the money out, sometimes within a few hours within the same calendar day.

This scheme appears to have been centrally orchestrated. As a matter of fact it is even talked about in a book that was written by a former Conservative organizer. By using this scheme, they circumvented the advertising limit by $1.2 million.

My question is really quite simple. If this government truly believes in transparency, if it truly believes in accountability, what is it hiding? Why will the Conservatives not allow a parliamentary committee to scrutinize this?

I look forward to the ethics committee looking at this and hearing some witnesses. Then we can find out what really happened and make sure that it does not happen again.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
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June 19, 2008

Hon. Karen Redman

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I believe if you were to seek it, you would find unanimous consent to see the clock at 6:30 p.m.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
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