Ethics Investigation into Justin Trudeau's role in the Data Sciences Scandal

Ethics Investigation into Justin Trudeau's role in the Data Sciences Scandal

I have asked the Ethics Commissioner to investigate Justin Trudeau’s role in giving taxpayer money to his lifelong friend and Liberal campaign strategist, Tom Pitfield.

July 15, 2021

Kindness Week becomes law in Canada

Kindness Week becomes law in Canada

BROCKVILLE, ON – Michael Barrett, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, announced that Kindness Week Act received Royal Assent on June 3, 2021 to become law in Canada.

Kindness Week Act was brought forward by Senator Jim Munson as a private member’s bill in the Senate of Canada. It was sponsored in the House of Commons by MP Barrett, and Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Member of Parliament for Saint-Laurent, and quickly passed as legislation by Canada’s Parliament.

The inspiration for this bill, Rabbi Reuven Bulka, the founder of Kind Canada, started the first Kindness Week in Ottawa 14 years ago, and with the passing of this bill, Canada is now the first country to have a national Kindness Week.

“Designating kindness week throughout Canada to encourage acts of kindness, voluntarism and charitable giving will benefit all Canadians, and I want to congratulate Senator Munson and Rabbi Bulka for their dedicated efforts on Kindness Week, and to thank MP Lambropoulos for joining me in supporting this private member’s bill in the House of Commons,” said MP Barrett.

Next February 2022 marks the first ever national Kindness Week, and Canadians from coast to coast to coast can celebrate acts of kindness in their communities during the third week of February every year.

“By connecting individuals and organizations to share resources, information, and tools to foster more acts of kindness, it will help lead to the improved health and well-being of Canadians. The opportunity to work together to pass this legislation and bring a national Kindness Week to Canadians is a tremendous honour, and I’m grateful to be a part of this democratic milestone,” added MP Barrett.

June 15, 2021

Conservatives call on Government of Canada to release details of $150 million sole-source contract to SNC-Lavalin

Conservatives call on Government of Canada to release details of $150 million sole-source contract to SNC-Lavalin

March 18, 2021
Ottawa, ON – Today, Michael Barrett, Conservative Shadow Minister for Ethics, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Conservative Shadow Minister for Public Services and Procurement, called on the Government of Canada to release all details and information related to a $150 million sole-source contract for mobile health units built by SNC-Lavalin.
Following news that the federal government awarded this contract, limited details have been provided about delivery dates, deployment or provincial/territorial demand.  
“There are legitimate questions about the merits of this contract, especially given its value and the nature of sole-sourcing procurements,” said Barrett. “Canadians believe governments should operate openly and transparently, and given SNC-Lavalin’s legal history, questions must be answered to assure taxpayers that their money is being spent appropriately.”
To reassure Canadians, the Government of Canada must provide answers to the following questions:

  • Why was this contract sole-sourced?
  • Was SNC-Lavalin the only company that could deliver the mobile health units?
  • When will the project be complete?
  • When will the units be deployed to assist Canadians?
  • Which provinces or territories requested the units?
  • Does the government anticipate a future need if the vaccine program accelerates?

“Government must always demonstrate due diligence when awarding taxpayer funded contracts. Canadians rightly deserve answers about this contract, including assurances that all rules were followed, and that this isn’t simply another example of taxpayer money being misappropriated by the government,” concluded Paul-Hus.


March 18, 2021