The QP clip: A real answer on veterans’ affairs

The exchange you can’t miss from March 4 Question Period



The NDP’s veterans affairs critic, Peter Stoffer, is known for giving his Conservative colleagues advance notice of a question he’ll pose during Question Period. Today, he asked Heritage Minister James Moore about privacy concerns raised by a veteran. And then, in a genuine QP rarity, Moore stood and provided a real answer to the question.

Stoffer: Mr. Speaker, before I start my question I would like to offer sincere condolences for the police officer who was killed in Kuujjuak and to the other officer who was shot. Hopefully he will recover very soon. The heritage minister is aware of my question. Richard Caissie of Courtenay, B.C., a CF veteran, asked for his personal medical files and said he received two personal medical files of two other veterans. I want to ask the hon. member this. When will Richard Caissie receive his files, because he has not yet received them, will he apologize for that error, and what about protecting the privacy of all our veterans and military personnel in this country?

Moore: Mr. Speaker, first I certainly join the member opposite in expressing his condolences for the lost life. We certainly share his sentiments in that regard. With regard to Mr. Caissie, I thank my colleague for his notice on this question. He should know that I did contact Daniel Caron, the Head of Library and Archives Canada, who is looking into this matter. Hopefully, Mr. Caissie will get his information by the end of the day today, and we will look into why false information was sent because that clearly is something that should never happen.

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The QP clip: A real answer on veterans’ affairs

  1. Civility and a cordial exchange of actual information! Somebody’s kidnapped the entire HoC and replaced them all with untrained re-enactors. Call in the Mounties!!

  2. Perfectly adequate all around! (I would say well done but this is what we should expect). I also like the practice of sending questions beforehand where warranted (there are times when surprise or a gotcha type thing would be warranted, but in the regular course of business you’ll get more done if you come to the meeting with an agenda prepared beforehand).

    • Hooray for adequacy!


      (Not even being facetious, btw. It’s amazing how awesome “normal” can seem when one gets it so rarely).

  3. Funny how a serious question will get a serious reply. Maybe the opposition learned something today.

    • I see plenty of serous questions being asked all the time; serious answers — not so much. CPC treats the name “Question Period” quite literally, most of the time (i.e. it is not, in their minds, Answer Period)

    • You’ll note the article says he’s “known” for doing this.
      Funny how a serious answer comes along so rarely, even to the guy who’s known for giving serious questions, that it’s note-worthy.

    • I agree that for the most part, the way the questions are phrased by the opposition is just plain stupid, but I am personally doubtful whether or not actual questions would result in actual answers from the likes of …. say…. Dean Del Mastro or Pierre Poilievre.

      Also, too often in the past, the actual minister of a file sat while John Baird stood to feed the party line – think Bev Oda and Tony Clement?????

      As a third point, James Moore had to address this issue because he was fed the question in advance and the matter is a damned serious one

  4. Pssst.. any CPC staffers reading these comments? Take note that “I don’t know, but I’ll find out” is considered by folks here to be a perfectly acceptable reply.

  5. I hope parliment gets this figured out. I certainly would not want my medical records mailed to some “unknown”. In regards to Mr. Cassie requesting HIS medical records, hopefully he will get the answers he is needs to his satisfaction. None of us, requests medical records, just to keep them in our file cabinets at home.