Parliamentary Research

Members of Parliament research many different subjects in order to serve the interests of their constituents.

Below is the research that my staff and I have completed to ensure accountability within the Government, answer constituent questions, and more. This page is meant to ensure that constituents, stakeholders, other parliamentarians, the media, and researchers have access to the information I have obtained.

The source will be marked on each document.

Personal information will be redacted.

For more information, please email Damien.Kurek@parl.gc.ca.

Order Paper Questions (OPQs)

With regard to the government’s hiring policies:

(a) is the government currently hiring for any positions wherein the successful applicant must be a member of a particular underrepresented group; (b) what are the particular positions for which the requirement in (a) has been implemented; (c) what are the underrepresented group or groups with which an applicant must identify in order to be eligible, broken down by each position; (d) what is the process for determining if an applicant has made a false claim in relation to the requirement in (a); and (e) what process does the government follow for determining which positions will be reserved for underrepresented groups?

Date submitted:

March 4, 2021

Date returned:

April 21, 2021

With regard the government’s quarantine requirement for travellers arriving by air, and broken down by point of entry (Canadian airport where the traveler arrived):

(a) how many in travellers have been (i) arrested, (ii) charged in relation to violations of the Quarantine Act; and (b) how many individuals have been charged with a Criminal Code Offence related to an incident at a quarantine facility, broken down by type of offence?

Date submitted:

March 15, 2021

Date returned:

May 5, 2021

With regard to correctional facilities under the purview of the Correctional Service of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, since March 1, 2020, and broken down by month, institution and the security level of the institution:

(a) what was the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 contracted by (i) inmates, (ii) staff; (b) how many (i) inmates, (ii) staff have died from COVID-19; (c) how many (i) inmates, (ii) staff have died from suicide; (d) what methods were used to count or determine the number of COVID-19 cases in institution; (e) which department or government agency is responsible for developing measures used to stop the spread of COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants in correctional facilities; (f) what measures were instated to ensure PPE distribution to (i) guards (ii) inmates (iii) visitors; (g) what specific health guidelines have been put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 by or to (i) guards (ii) inmates (iii) visitors, since the pandemic began, and on what date was each measure put into place; and (h) for each guideline in (g), which advisory body or regional health authority recommended the guideline?

Date submitted:

April 6, 2021

Date returned:

May 26, 2021

With regard to expenditures on, and use of, isolation or quarantine accommodations during the pandemic:

(a) how many (i) foreigners, (ii) Canadian citizens or permanent residents have required the government to provide isolation or quarantine accommodations since August 1, 2020; (b) what is the total amount spent by the government on such accommodations since August 1, 2020, broken down by month; (c) what are the details of all such accommodations and in which municipalities and provinces are such accommodations located, including (i) municipality, (ii) province or territory, (iii) type of facility (hotel, dorm rooms, etc.); and (d) are individuals requiring such accommodations required to reimburse the taxpayer for the cost associated with the accommodation and, if so, how much has been received in reimbursements (i) prior to August 1, 2020, (ii) since August 1, 2020?

Date submitted:

November 23, 2020

Date returned:

January 25, 2021

With regard to grants and contributions under $25,000 provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada since January 1, 2018:

What are the details of each, including (i) date of funding, (ii) recipient, (iii) location, (iv) project description?

Date submitted:

December 10, 2019

Date returned:

January 27, 2020

With regard to the Canada Revenue Agency:

What is the number of audits performed on small businesses since 2015, broken down by year and by province or territory?

Date submitted:

March 5, 2020

Date returned:

May 25, 2020

With regard to defence procurements that have been delayed, since January 1, 2016:

What is the complete list of procurements that have been delayed and what are the details of each procurement, including (i) original procurement date, (ii) revised procurement date, (iii) description of goods or services being procured, (iv) reason for the delay?

Date submitted:

December 10, 2019

Date returned:

January 27, 2020