House of Commons Hansard #62 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

Apple Industry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, as I said yesterday, this problem arose because the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, a Canadian body, ruled against the Canadian apple growers.

It is therefore imperative if we are to win in a subsequent appeal to that body which would follow a national revenue ruling, that we have the clear evidence to make sure that its previous decision is overturned.

The dilemma the hon. member and I have in this instance is that very much the same evidence was provided in the initial hearing of potential damage and was rejected. It is therefore imperative before we go before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal for a second time that we have what I would describe as an airtight case in this regard.

As I said yesterday and will repeat today, the consequences to the Canadian apple industry of a second defeat probably would be catastrophic.

Apple Industry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Werner Schmidt Okanagan Centre, BC

Mr. Speaker, indeed I agree with the minister that we need to have good factual information. He is quite right in that. I believe the B.C. fruit growers are fully aware of the difficulty that is there. They believe these numbers are correct.

I challenge the minister to recognize that we are dealing with perishable fruit that cannot wait five or six months. Will the minister act now to speed up the process involved and have the complaints heard by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal so that others will not suffer in the same way in the future, that is, the next crop that is coming up.

Apple Industry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, certainly I agree with the hon. member that it is particularly important to make sure this damage to the industry which I believe is taking place does not continue in the future, particularly into the next crop year.

It is important to note this is a fairly technical area. We have to have information on costing. We have to have information on import pricing. We have to have information on injury.

I will be quite willing on the representations of the hon. member and indeed the hon. member who questioned me yesterday in this regard to review once again with my officials the information made available to us from the apple growers. We will check with legal counsel once again to see whether at this point we have evidence which can guarantee a win.

Let me repeat that it would be thoroughly irresponsible for me or any other minister to-

Apple Industry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

Advertising Contracts
Oral Question Period

May 3rd, 1994 / 2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works. Following a statement by the Prime Minister on November 4, the government announced its plans to review its policies with respect to the awarding of advertising, polling and communications contracts. Is the Parliamentary Secretary now in a position to inform the House of the corrective action the government intends to take to clean up the mess inherited from the previous government?

Advertising Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

St. Boniface
Manitoba

Liberal

Ronald J. Duhamel Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, it was on November 4 that the Prime Minister made a clear and unequivocal statement to Canadians that the former government policies with respect to polling, advertising and communications would be reviewed.

This review is now complete. There will be new guidelines announced in the very near future. They will respect the principles of accountability, fairness, openness and transparency.

It is because of efforts such as those undertaken by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Works and Government Services who have spearheaded the charge for change in this area that this government will return integrity to government and will return integrity for Canadians.

I am very pleased to announce that new guidelines will be adopted. These will show that our policies are equitable, fair, open and transparent for everyone.

Correctional Service
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Solicitor General. The weekend newspapers reported that the RCMP was currently investigating an alleged case of influence peddling within the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board and that certain charges could be laid very shortly against employees.

Can the Minister confirm that an investigation is indeed under way into allegations of influence peddling within these agencies and that charges could be laid against certain commissioners?

Correctional Service
Oral Question Period

2:55 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 can confirm that an investigation is under way, but I cannot provide the House with any additional information at this time.

Correctional Service
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, in light of his response, can the minister tell us whether the allegations of influence peddling involve any persons other than those mentioned in the weekend newspapers?

Correctional Service
Oral Question Period

2:55 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 RCMP and the Correctional Service of Canada are currently investigating this matter very thoroughly. When additional information becomes available, I will be happy to convey it to the hon. member.

Child Support Payments
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Jan Brown Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice. It is on a matter that has been discussed earlier today.

As we heard, a landmark decision was rendered today by the Federal Court of Appeal that will fundamentally change the approach to child support payments in this country. Justice Hugessen ruled that Suzanne Thibodeau was discriminated against on the grounds that the inequity, the inequality created for separated custodial parents is discriminatory and imposes a burden on them not imposed on others.

The Federal Court has taken the lead in recognizing the importance of stabilizing the family unit, whether you are together or apart. Will the minister follow suit and do the same?

Child Support Payments
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, may I take the hon. member's question to relate to the issue of appeal.

If the hon. member is asking whether we are going to appeal the judgment, may I first of all say that although I have received the reasons over the lunch hour, I have not yet had the advantage of reading them. I know there is a dissenting judgment. I will be reading them with care and interest. It is a very important judgment. Once I have had an opportunity to consider the judgment I will be speaking with the client ministry to determine from a policy perspective what the minister would like to do and to make my recommendation.

Let me say that once I have read the judgment I will be happy to discuss the matter further with the hon. member. However, I take it her question related to appeal and that is my response if that was the point she wanted to raise.

Child Support Payments
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Reform

Jan Brown Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, having heard the hon. minister I have no supplementary question. I thank him for his answer.

Young Offenders Act
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Liberal

John Nunziata York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice.

The tragedy of youth crime is a ticking time bomb in this country, yet the minister has said that he does not expect a bill to be passed by this Parliament until late this year, possibly next.

These delays are simply not acceptable. In light of the urgent need for changes to the Young Offenders Act will the minister fast-track his agenda and will he give his undertaking to this House that a bill will be passed before this House adjourns for the summer holidays?

Young Offenders Act
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, any such undertaking would require a degree of control by a member of Parliament over the process of government that I am not sure any of us possess.

However, let me respond directly to the hon. member's question. I respect and to a large degree share the hon. member's sense of urgency in this issue. As I have said in the past, as recently as yesterday, I expect that within weeks I am going to introduce legislation in this House with respect to changes to the Young Offenders Act that we think are in the public interest.

Let me also emphasize to the hon. member that while we are concerned about crime in this country, it is not the enactment of a change to a statute, it is not the introduction of new legislation that is going to come to grips with the underlying problem we face. Quite apart from the criminal justice system we have to

take a wide ranging, holistic approach to crime in this country if we are going to make real progress.

Yes, there will be changes to the Young Offenders Act but I hope the hon. member realizes that is one of a variety of responses that we must muster to this social issue.