The Conservative government wants to rewrite history

House of Commons

HANSARD

May 3, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, when the Auditor General came looking for where the $3 billion actually went, the government had no answer.

It could not provide detail because none existed, and yet it claimed that this was all somehow transparent. Did Conservatives not read the Auditor General's report?

The President of the Treasury Board cannot say that this money went to another program or if it was even spent at all.

Can the minister now stand and acknowledge that his government has no clue where this money went?

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, there is no truth to that question. Let us hear what the Auditor General actually said. He stated:

 

“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.”

We are going to listen to the Auditor General.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives are being selective in quoting the Auditor General, so, yes, let us hear what he had to say.

I am sure it is an oversight that they do not give the full story. This is what he stated:

 

“However it’s important for there to be a way for people to understand how this money was spent. And that summary reporting was not done.”

The Auditor General is clearly saying Conservatives failed to explain where this money went. Why are they misleading the Canadian public?

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, again, that is a misleading question. Let us again hear what the Auditor General actually said. He stated:

 

“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.”

We are going to listen to the Auditor General.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, they should read the full report.

Conservative members on the Canadian heritage committee have launched a review of history teaching at provincial schools.

Conservatives have already intervened politically in the War of 1812 advertisements; they are remaking the Museum of Civilization in their image, and yesterday we saw the first Canadian in space being removed from Canadian space history for political reasons. Surely, Canadians deserve better.

Why are Conservative MPs now intent on telling provincial schools what they should teach?

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, we have no intention of telling the provinces and/or territories how to teach history. We have been very clear about wanting Canadians to reconnect with their proud history and heritage.

This Question Period Transcript was posted on May 6, 2013
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