HANSARD: Second attempt to call for expedite passing of Bill C-71 but opposed by the Conservatives

Debates of June 11th, 2024
House of Commons Hansard #329 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session
Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

 

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC
NDP

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. There have been consultations with all the parties and I—

 

Some hon. members

No.

 

The Speaker Greg Fergus
Liberal

Even before the hon. member has been able to raise the issue, I am hearing “no” in this room. Once again, I would like to remind all members, please, to do negotiations and consultations, as much as possible, so that we can use the time of the House very efficiently.

The hon. member for Vancouver East is rising on another point of order.

 

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC
NDP

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I am. Actually, I had not even said what I was going to say. I am not quite sure how members would know pre-emptively what I was going to raise.

 

The Speaker Greg Fergus
Liberal

I am sorry, but I could not hear the hon. member for Vancouver East at all. Can the hon. member please just make her point, so I can just hear what she is raising?

 

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC
NDP

Mr. Speaker. There has been consultation with—

 

Some hon. members

No.

 

The Speaker Greg Fergus
Liberal

I am afraid that I am hearing, right off the top, that there is not unanimous consent for the hon. member.

 

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HANSARD: Foreign Interference and Alleged Reputational Harm to Members of Parliament

Outside this chamber, just yesterday, there were individuals shouting, questioning and jeering about who the traitors may be. Members of Parliament had to walk past these individuals on the members' way to the House to do their work. I believe we must find a way to disclose which MPs are knowingly, intentionally, wittingly or semi-wittingly engaging with foreign states or their proxies to undermine Canada's democratic processes and institutions. I believe this can be done in a way that does not compromise national security.

If there are no consequences for MPs who knowingly help foreign governments act against Canadian interests, we will continue to be an easy target. This will further erode the trust and faith Canadians have in our democratic processes. If allowed to continue, it will further impugn the integrity of the House. Revealing any member of Parliament, former or present, who is a willing participant in foreign interference activities would have the effect of deterring this kind of behaviour. Moreover, it would send a clear message to those foreign states that this cannot continue and that they will not be able to continue to use parliamentarians in this way. This will further reassure the public of the integrity of the House.

I strongly believe that the House should refer the matter to the procedure and House affairs committee. A possible way to deal with the issue would be for committee members to undergo the necessary security screening to examine the unredacted report and look into the allegations about parliamentarians who were “‘witting or semi-witting’ participants in the efforts of foreign states to interfere in our politics.” We could allow the named parliamentarians to be informed and to come before the committee as witnesses; we could then explore options on how to disclose the named parliamentarians without compromising national security or police investigations of the matter.

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