House of Commons Hansard #18 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was provinces.

Topics

Cigarette Taxes
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Child Care Services
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Christiane Gagnon Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, a survey conducted by the Quebec Office for the International Year of the Family as part of the Tax and the Family Forum showed that 80 per cent of Quebecers believe that the government should do more to develop child care services.

In the absence of the Minister of Finance, I will direct my question to the Prime Minister. Mr. Prime Minister, in the context of the International Year of the Family, does the government intend to make available to the provinces the financial resources required to go ahead with developing child care services?

Child Care Services
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

Order. Please address your questions to the Chair if at all possible.

Child Care Services
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, let me start by saying that we recognize the results of the survey. We also recognize that the people of Quebec have always been leaders on the issue of child care.

Having said that, in the Liberal Party's red book we stated that first and foremost we must see a three per cent growth in the economy. We want the economy to grow another three per cent before putting into place a system to triple the number of day care spaces made available every year. So, 50,000 spaces will be created in each year once the economy starts to grow at a rate of three per cent, and we will thus obtain 150,000 spaces over three years.

Child Care Services
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Christiane Gagnon Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is for the Minister of National Revenue.

As we know, some taxpayers get to deduct entertainment expenses such as business luncheons and golf games. Can the minister tell this House when the government will make the necessary tax changes to allow taxpayers, generally women, to deduct child care expenses as business expenses?

Child Care Services
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, I can understand the hon. member's concerns. This is a matter of financial policy. I will take it up with the hon. Minister of Finance and get back to her as soon as I have an answer.

Tobacco Smuggling
Oral Question Period

February 9th, 1994 / 2:35 p.m.

Reform

Jim Silye Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Solicitor General.

Yesterday the Prime Minister stated quite clearly that Canada is one sovereign nation, has one set of laws and these laws will be enforced equally in every part of the country.

These statements notwithstanding, there remains a widespread perception across Canada that there are differing provisions for the enforcement of law depending on whether an infraction occurs on or off a native Indian reserve.

Could the Solicitor General advise the House whether the guidelines to be used by the RCMP in enforcing the government's action plan on smuggling differ depending on whether the infractions occur on or off a native Indian reserve?

Tobacco Smuggling
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I want to repeat and confirm what the Prime Minister said earlier in this question period, that the law will be enforced everywhere in Canada and that is the case. I am happy to say it again here.

Tobacco Smuggling
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Reform

Jim Silye Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I would like it to be a bit more specific. There is a general perception out there that there are two sets of laws, one on a native reserve and one off a reserve. I would like to have clarification on that.

I have a supplementary question. Does the Solicitor General propose-can you hear me, Mr. Speaker?

Tobacco Smuggling
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

I cannot hear the question being put because there must be noise up here someplace. I know it is not me.

Tobacco Smuggling
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Jim Silye Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, does the Solicitor General propose any alterations to guidelines issued to the RCMP for enforcing the government's action plan on smuggling with respect to the enforcement of smuggling laws on Indian reserves?

Tobacco Smuggling
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the government has been in place for only three months.

I can say that during this period the only guidelines I am aware of is that the RCMP should do its duty, as it always has, and enforce the laws of Canada everywhere in the country. This is what it is doing.

Softwood Lumber Industry
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister for International Trade. While successive judgements confirm the Canadian position in the interminable conflict on softwood lumber, the United States announced yesterday that it intends to appeal the decision of the panel established under the free trade agreement. We thought that this decision of the panel would end the dispute which has already cost Canadian producers about $500 million.

Does the minister intend to take this matter up with the American authorities to end the harassment of Canadian softwood lumber producers and does he intend to convince the American trade representative, Mr. Kantor, to end once and for all this conflict which has already gone on too long?

Softwood Lumber Industry
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Etobicoke North
Ontario

Liberal

Roy MacLaren Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, I have met on several occasions with Mr. Kantor about the matter the hon. member raises. As he probably knows, two panels have recently reported in Canada's favour in the softwood lumber case. The possibility is now open to the United States to issue what is called an extraordinary challenge.

I have taken each occasion of my meeting with Mr. Kantor and with U.S. officials to say that we see no basis whatever for an extraordinary challenge.

Softwood Lumber Industry
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

Mr. Speaker, what with agriculture, western wheat, magnesium, beer, steel and now softwood lumber, does the minister not agree that the American strategy is clear, namely to use every possible recourse to prevent our companies from having access to their markets?