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National Security—Terrorism

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. On Tuesday, I asked about those two people charged in Richmond Hill for possession of explosives. Knowing that Minister Goodale said that it was a local affair, even though we know the FBI is involved, in your answer you said: I think that there is an obligation on all our parts to ensure transparency within the bounds of appropriate concern for the safety and security of Canadians.…
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Funding for Programs

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my second question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I would like to go back to the answer you tabled yesterday on behalf of Minister Monsef regarding a question I asked you about Global Affairs Canada making a grant of $5 million to KAIROS which, in turn, gave a $500,000 grant to Palestinian organization called Wi’am. In her answer, Minister Monsef said: Global Affairs Canada exercises enhanced due diligence for all inter…
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National Security—Terrorism

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the government leader. Senator Harder, on May 15 I asked you questions about the arrest of two individuals in Richmond Hill for possession of explosives and the fact that Minister Goodale immediately declared that this incident was not related to national security. You answered me that, “The Minister of Public Safety has an obligation . . . to ensure that Canadians are appropriately informed when incidents like this occur.” W…
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National Security—Terrorism

Hon. Linda Frum: My question is for the government leader. Last Friday, York Regional Police arrested two men, a father and a son, in Richmond Hill for possession of explosive and hazardous materials and an explosive device. The arrests were made following information received from Canadian and U.S. border protection agencies. Minister Goodale was quick to say neither of these individuals were under investigation by border protection agencies and there is no connection to national se…
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Israel—Defence against Attacks—Iranian Support of Hamas

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Last week, the Iranian-sponsored terrorist regime, Hamas, launched 690 rockets into Israel in a concentrated barrage that killed four Israelis. Senator Harder, does your government believe that the Israeli people have the right to defend themselves against such unprovoked and murderous attacks? Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): I thank the honourable senato…
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Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—Designation as Terrorist Group

Hon. Linda Frum: Minister Goodale, as you know, this week is Iran Accountability Week on Parliament Hill. My question to you is about your government’s accountability on the Iran file. On June 12, 2018, the House of Commons adopted a motion asking the government to immediately designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code of Canada. Both you and Prime Minister Trudeau voted in favour of this motion. Two days later, you said in Q…
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Funding for Programs

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Government Leader in the Senate. Last week, during the state visit by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Canada would continue to speak out in the most forceful way against movements like BDS, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, which targets Israel. I appreciate those words, but I’m sure you agree that actions speak louder than words. It’s the actions of Prime Minister Tru…
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SNC-Lavalin

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Recently, the OECD announced that it was subjecting Canada to a special review in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin allegations because Canada may be in breach of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. The Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery said that the decision to prosecute SNC-Lavalin or not should be an autonomous…
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SNC-Lavalin

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate on one of the pressing issues Canadians are indeed talking about today. In her testimony yesterday, Ms. Wilson-Raybould said Katie Telford, Chief of Staff for the Prime Minister, promised to line up favourable op-eds to give the then-Attorney General cover if she agreed to issue a directive to reverse a decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Senator Harder, is that a common…
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SNC-Lavalin

Hon. Linda Frum: My question is for the Government Representative in the Senate. Senator Harder, I would like to come back to the charges of corruption in Libya against SNC-Lavalin and some of its former employees. Since 2012, the RCMP have charged eight people tied to this alleged corruption scheme. Seven of those accused have had their cases tossed out of court due to delays or problems with evidence. The RCMP and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada have yet to convict anyon…
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