February 26, 2016

Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood)
2016-02-26 10:47 [p.1439]

Mr. Speaker, I will refresh the memory of the member for Regina—Lewvan. Three times during the federal election we saw union members line up behind the leader of the Liberal Party for selfies. Many of them were paid—

Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood)
2016-02-26 10:48 [p.1439]

Mr. Speaker, I want to remind the hon. member for Regina—Lewvan that the House has been notified that, three times during the election, the Liberal Party had union members line up behind the Liberal leader; not once, not twice, but three times, all for $100, to get a selfie with the leader of the Liberal Party. What does the member say about that? We would like to hear the member’s comments about union members being used for political operations as we just saw in the federal election.

Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood)
2016-02-26 12:09 [p.1453]

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-241, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (school authorities).

He said: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to introduce my first private member’s bill in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Canadians pay for their schools through municipal or provincial taxes. The schools are then charged GST on almost everything they purchase. Then they are reimbursed 68% after completing time-consuming paperwork quarterly. My bill seeks to amend the Excise Tax Act to have them reimbursed the full 100%.

As a former executive member of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association and a long-time serving member of the local school board in Saskatoon, this has been a passion of mine for the last five years. Now, as a member of Parliament, I hope to rectify this situation with my private member’s bill.

It is such a simple statement and amendment of only 30 words. It is so little, but it would mean so much to so many in our classrooms in our great country of Canada.

I hope my colleagues will support my bill today.

Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood)
2016-02-26 13:03 [p.1461]

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for his presentation this afternoon.

I think Canadians want a choice. They want the secret ballot. They also want to know that unions do not have a blank cheque. Canadians want to know where their unions dues are going. Where are they going? Are they going for excessive travel and entertainment for just a select few? We have seen that. Yes, during the federal campaign, we have seen that. As I said earlier in the House, not once, twice, but three times, union members took selfies, for money.

Could the member give us his thoughts on how the bill would have major ramifications if it is approved in the House?

 

The full debate can be found online at:  http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=42&Ses=1&DocId=8079270