The Conservative government's money mismanagement

House of Commons

HANSARD

May 2, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, let us get to the real facts. The Conservatives still cannot tell Canadians where $3.1 billion in security spending actually went. Treasury Board told an iPolitics reporter yesterday that the money could be in a number of places, maybe in other public security programs or maybe even in border infrastructure.

We all remember what happened to border infrastructure money the last time the President of the Treasury Board was involved.

Could the Prime Minister now tell us where this money went, or do we need to start searching Huntsville gazebos for it?

Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, spending on national security went to national security. If the member opposite does not believe me, she just needs to look at the report of the Auditor General himself. The Auditor General said, “We didn’t find anything that gave us cause for concern that the money was used in any way that it should not have been.”

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the minister should go check his facts. In reality, the Conservatives simply do not know what happened to billions of dollars in spending, and they are making up new excuses daily to try to explain this mismanagement.

In opposition the Prime Minister once said, “...one would think that there would be some element of shame from the Liberal Party regarding today's report but there is none whatsoever.”

Is the Prime Minister now ready to live up to those words and show some contrition for mishandling $3 billion in security spending?

Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, “no misrepresentation whatsoever” were the direct words from the Auditor General at his press conference when he released the report. He said, “We didn’t find anything that gave us cause for concern that the money was used in any way that it should not have been.”

The money was spent on national security. The Auditor General has made it quite clear.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, why is it that no minister is ever held to account and there are no consequences for those who mismanage billions?

The Conservatives are also playing catch-up on search and rescue today. Apparently they will be borrowing an idea from the NDP and setting up a 30-minute response time, but this does not make up for their decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard station or their failure to replace the Buffalo search and rescue aircraft.

When will they do the right thing and re-open the Kitsilano station?

This Question Period Transcript was posted on May 3, 2013
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