House of Commons Hansard #121 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was security.

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Mil Davie Shipyards
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Antoine Dubé Lévis, QC

Mr. Speaker, since the minister responsible for regional development does not answer, I will put my question to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Does the Deputy Prime Minister not admit that awarding this contract without taking MIL Davie's bid into account is unfair to the Quebec shipyard, which is struggling to survive with all the energy it has left and which is better qualified to fill this order?

Mil Davie Shipyards
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Moncton
New Brunswick

Liberal

George S. Rideout Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, as I just said, it is being reviewed. The whole matter will be considered by the agency. I think it would be ill advised for the government to get involved in it at this particular time. When all is done, fairness will have won out.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Reform

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Deputy Prime Minister.

Extrajudicial executions, incarceration without trial and torture are widespread in China. Given the Prime Minister is going to raise China's human rights record with its government, will the Deputy Prime Minister give us her assurances that soon after his return the Prime Minister will report to the House on the outcome of these private information meetings?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, obviously in two weeks the Prime Minister will be back in the House and the member is free to pose any question on any subject he wants.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Reform

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, that was not much of an answer but that is not uncommon.

Canada was very actively involved in sanctions against Serbia, South Africa and Haiti. I would like to know what the government is prepared to do to ensure that China will reverse its dismal human rights record. What action is the government going to take?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, I think the Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific answered that very question most appropriately yesterday.

Flags Of Convenience
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Jean H. Leroux Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport. Last spring, the Official Opposition asked the minister about two ships belonging to the Canadian government that were flying the flag of the Bahamas. At the time, the minister indicated that he would check on the reasons of such a practice and provide a valid explanation.

Can the Minister of Transport tell us if he checked the facts and corrected the situation?

Flags Of Convenience
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Acadie—Bathurst
New Brunswick

Liberal

Douglas Young Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, we were indeed informed of that situation and we examined the facts concerning the ferries, which are the ships at issue. It is true that these ships fly a foreign flag and, at times, some crew members are foreigners.

We asked management at Marine Atlantic Inc. to check all the implications of a transfer, so that these ships can fly the Canadian flag. There are several issues involved, including the rather high costs of such a conversion, but we are looking at the situation.

Flags Of Convenience
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Bloc

Jean H. Leroux Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, this government takes so long to solve problems. The issue was raised five months ago.

What sort of example is the Minister of Transport setting for shipowners by operating Canadian government ships under the Bahamian flag?

Flags Of Convenience
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Acadie—Bathurst
New Brunswick

Liberal

Douglas Young Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I understand the member's frustration. We are trying to do the best we can. We have been here for a year now. I am sure everybody recognizes that we are trying to do as much as we can in a year.

May I say with respect to many of these issues that they went on for years and years under the previous administration. It was not able to deal with them through eight or nine years. We are going to try to get it done as quickly as we can.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

November 4th, 1994 / 11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of agriculture. On October 31 the U.S. department of agriculture announced the 1994-95 allocation for subsidized exports under its export enhancement program for barley and malting barley at 2.6 million tonnes.

The targeting of South Korea with a 50,000 tonne barley export is a direct affront and challenge to a market opened up by Canadian exporters. This trade action violates the intent of our agreement with the United States and creates further market distortion.

Considering the minister has described the American EEP as "the worst trade distorting policy on the face of the earth", could he now indicate to the House what specific action Canada will be taking to respond to this new and damaging application of U.S. trade policy?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Regina—Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member's aggravation about this particular situation can be exceeded only by my own.

The federal government is very disappointed by the U.S. government's continued use of the export enhancement program, which is a major market destabilizing export subsidy. Not only are we concerned by the recent U.S. announcement allowing for the subsidization of 2.6 million tonnes for barley and malting barley, Canada finds particularly distressing the 50,000 tonne allocation of U.S. barley to South Korea.

Canada is in the process of considering the form and the content of the appropriate protest to be lodged with the United States about this allocation. The Minister of International Trade and I will be pursuing that issue at the very earliest opportunity.

As the hon. member pointed out this is especially aggravating because it was Canada that worked very hard to achieve the opening in the Korean market. It is disturbing, to say the least, to see the United States attempting to undermine that through the use of export subsidies. We will make the Canadian position abundantly clear.

Laurier Club
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister will know that the government must enjoy the moral authority to govern if it hopes to implement the very difficult but necessary decisions ahead. Part of that moral authority is derived from the certain knowledge of citizens, that we are all equal before the law and before Parliament.

Would the Deputy Prime Minister tell the House how private privileged meetings among the Prime Minister, ministers of the crown, and those willing to pay $1,000 to join the Liberal Laurier Club will help to build trust and confidence between the governed and the government?

Laurier Club
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the member should be aware of the fact that the Laurier Club is a public club. If he cares to walk down to 200 Laurier Street he can get a copy of the membership list. The club has been in effect for almost a decade and the contribution of every single member of the Laurier Club is a matter of public record.

Laurier Club
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

I would remind colleagues that questions should refer to the administrative responsibilities of government. We are walking a fine line here. I know we have been sensitive to some of the issues that have been raised over the last number of days. I would ask members to keep that in mind.