1st Session, 41st Parliament,
Volume 148, Issue 174

Thursday, June 13, 2013
The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker

Public Safety

Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, my question is also directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

I first want to thank her for responding to my questions from April and earlier this month on the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security. I appreciate the response. I have reviewed the written response to my question that Senator Carignan tabled yesterday, and I have several specific follow-up questions, if I may.

The response stated:

A number of departments and agencies with national security mandates are regular participants to the meetings and bring issues to its table. Three meetings were held in 2012-2013. The Department assumes all meeting costs.

Honourable senators, on what dates were the three meetings held? I do not expect the leader to have an answer to that now, but could she can please find out? How much did the government spend on the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security in 2012-13? How many meetings are planned for 2013-14? When will they be held? How much does the government plan to spend on the Cross- Cultural Roundtable on Security in 2012-13?

Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): Honourable senators, of course Senator Jaffer would know that I would not have that kind of information at my fingertips, so I will definitely take the question as notice.

Senator Jaffer: I appreciate that. Will she please also find out which specific government departments and agencies with national security mandates participated in the meetings? What dates did each meet with the roundtable? Who are the 15 volunteer members appointed to the roundtable? Which cultural communities do they represent? Who chairs the meetings of the roundtable?

Senator LeBreton: Honourable senators, I will also take those as notice and respond by delayed answer.