IN THE HOUSE ~ on the Harper's government's nomination of the Privacy Commissioner

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, let us be clear that the NDP will proudly vote against any Conservative budget that cuts veterans' services.

    The Canadian privacy community is speaking out against the Conservatives' choice for commissioner. Ontario watchdog, Ann Cavoukian, said:

Looking at someone whose expertise is in public safety and defence would seem the antithesis of the expertise you'd seek for privacy commissioner.

Yet again, of course Liberals support the Conservatives' bad decisions but the New Democrats stand with privacy commissioners.

    Will the Conservatives do the right thing and withdraw the nomination?

    M. Dan Albas (secrétaire parlementaire du président du Conseil du Trésor, PCC): Monsieur le Président, M. Therrien est un candidat qualifié qui apporterait une expérience significative par rapport aux questions de droit et de confidentialité associées à ce poste. La nomination est venue à la suite d'un processus rigoureux qui a identifié M. Therrien comme étant le meilleur candidat.