House of Commons Hansard #113 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was year.

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Communications Security Establishment
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, on the same subject. Serious allegations have been made about the existence of a section called "French Problem" within the CSE. In response to the questions the opposition has been asking in the past few days, the government hides behind official secrecy and flatly refuses to answer, saying that the CSE reports only to the Prime Minister.

Can the Minister of National Defence at least tell us if the government checked if a section called "French Problem" existed in the past?

Communications Security Establishment
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I stated in the House that it is not our intention to discuss recent operations of the CSE.

Communications Security Establishment
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, since the Office of the Prime Minister is the only link between the people targeted by a so-called "French Problem" section and the CSE, if the government did not look into this, who can find out and reassure people that they were not spied on?

Communications Security Establishment
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and I, as the responsible minister for the operations of the CSE, have given those assurances.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

October 25th, 1994 / 2:20 p.m.

Reform

Preston Manning Calgary Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, I point out that this is the first anniversary of the election of 52 Reformers to Parliament, which is worth celebrating.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Preston Manning Calgary Southwest, AB

On this day last year the federal debt stood at $489 billion. After one year of so-called Liberal restraint the debt now stands at $535 billion, an increase of $46 billion. For all the talk of deficit reduction and spending restraint the government has put Canada deeper in debt than it has ever been before.

My question is: Will the Deputy Prime Minister admit that the government has wasted this last year in its mandate by not acting vigorously enough to reduce spending? Will the government commit to a more vigorous spending reduction program in its second year before it is too late?

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada was elected one year ago today with an overwhelming mandate to create jobs.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

Sheila Copps Hamilton East, ON

I am happy to report that we have delivered on that promise of jobs: 327,000 new jobs created since February; manufacturing shipments, the strongest six-month growth since the start of the survey in 1981; real growth, 6.4 per cent, far outstripping the performance of any other of our G-7 partners; and business confidence, up to its highest level since 1979.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

More, more.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

The Speaker

I think this is going to be a long question period.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Preston Manning Calgary Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister labours under a delusion with respect to job creation. Until recently Liberals have claimed that job creation is primarily stimulated by government spending. Now the finance minister and others are saying what Reform has been saying all along, that debt, taxes and government overspending kill jobs and that deficit reduction and lower taxes are what stimulates private sector job creation.

Will the Deputy Prime Minister now admit that by creating $6 billion of additional federal, provincial and municipal debt through the federal infrastructure program the government has killed more long term jobs than it created? Will the government commit to a Reform job strategy based on deficit and tax reduction?

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister stated in the House and repeated it again yesterday to all Canadians that he has a reasoned, reasonable approach to deficit reduction.

What he did say yesterday and what we want to repeat in the House is that if we followed the leader of the third party's recipe for deficit reduction it would drive the country back into the recession the Liberal Party is finally pulling us out of.

The Economy
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Reform

Preston Manning Calgary Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, we told members of the government months ago that social programs had to be overhauled. Now they are staggering in that direction. We told them that immigration levels were too high. Now they are talking about reduction. We told them that the spending cuts in the February budget were not sufficient and now they are making repairs.

The government has been forced toward Reform positions in the social and fiscal areas. Can we now count on the Liberal government to steal the rest of our platform, in particular our democratic reforms such as free votes, referendums, citizen initiatives and recall?