IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ 2010 Olympic Games

39th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we learned Friday that the Liberal turned Conservative ethically challenged minister for the 2010 Olympic Games has yet again compromised the Canadian public. When Washington State went looking for a piece of the Olympic pie, it hired none other than Gordon Campbell insiders, Patrick Kinsella and Mark Jiles, to lobby the federal minister. There is only one problem. They are not registered to lobby, which means it is illegal for them to lobby.

Why is the floor crossing Olympic minister meeting with unregistered, illegal lobbyists on the 2010 Olympic Games?

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Mr. James Moore (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, CPC): Mr. Speaker, as my colleague knows, there are of course laws in British Columbia with regard to lobbyists and anybody who is doing any kind of lobbying in British Columbia has to obey those laws.

With regard to the minister for the 2010 Olympics, he is doing everything he can and our government is doing everything it can to ensure that the 2010 Olympics will be a huge success for Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia and all Canadians.

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Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it stinks. There is yet another Conservative scandal as they act just like the previous government.

This latest breach in the rules governing conduct by ministers raises serious questions. When did the minister meet with Kinsella and Jiles? What was the topic of discussion? His constituents have not been able to meet with him for two years but does the minister check lobbyist status prior to booking all his lobby sessions?

Will the government investigate why the minister for the Olympics met with unregistered, illegal lobbyists?

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Mr. James Moore (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, CPC): Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Burnaby—New Westminster has to realize that the louder he says it the more true it does not get.

The minister for the 2010 Olympics has not broken any rules. He has fulfilled all his obligations to ensure that the rules, of course, have been followed by our government and that the 2010 Olympics will be a success for all Canadians.