Auditor General Report

Question Period

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mr. David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre, NDP): It really is Groundhog Day all over again, Mr. Speaker. Another Auditor General report, another scathing indictment of the previous government.

Today the Auditor General reports how that federal government made a complete mess of the CPP disability program, long wait times, a needlessly complicated 42-page application process, and no consistent standards for decisions.

The Conservatives may have been the ones to make this mess, but it is up to the Liberals to fix it. What exactly is the new government going to do to fix it?

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we are extremely concerned with what the Auditor General brought forward. We are working hard to repair some of the errors made in the past because Canadians deserve a government that is open, transparent, and able to deliver in a responsible way the things that Canadians expect it to deliver.

Mr. David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canadians gave the previous government the boot for its many failures, now we want to know how the current government is going to undo the damage. For example, the previous government completely failed in the transition to share Services Canada, missing deadlines, failing to communicate with partners, data left unsecured, and millions misspent.

Exactly what concrete steps is the minister going to take to ensure that shared services actually work and that information is actually protected?

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, obviously we have much to learn from the Auditor General's report and how we deliver services in a responsible way, including shared services, which is IT around the government. It is extremely important.