Hon. Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Helena Guergis was removed from cabinet and thrown out of the Conservative caucus based on mere allegations sent to the Prime Minister by some private eye.
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister is facing a serious investigation by Canada’s independent election authority.
I ask the Prime Minister, why is the member for Peterborough still his Parliamentary Secretary and why is he the government’s spokesperson on election fraud?
Mr. Pierre Poilievre (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister has already indicated that as long as four years ago he filed documents with Elections Canada with respect to the 2008 campaign. They were audited, approved and he has not heard anything from Elections Canada ever since, nor have we seen a single scintilla of evidence to the contrary.
What we do know is that the Liberal member for Guelph made illegal and false phone calls to his constituency, a fact which he was forced to concede after he was caught red-handed.
We will take no lessons from the sponsorship party on these matters