House of Commons Hansard #85 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was recall.

Topics

Flags Of Convenience
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Acadie—Bathurst
New Brunswick

Liberal

Douglas Young Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, to make sure we are clear, there is no question this matter has been ongoing. The ships in question have been flying the Bahamian flag. It is true that it has been going on for a long time. I am aware of when the Leader of the Opposition resigned his position and changed his allegiance.

What I do want to make very clear is that the three ships in question were under Bahamian flag throughout the period when the hon. Leader of the Opposition was a member of the government. We have been here for seven months. I am glad it has been brought to our attention. We will see if we can do something about it.

Discrimination
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Jan Brown Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Last Wednesday the minister said that he is profoundly against discrimination as a principle. As a result of this principle the minister withdrew funding for the "Writing Thru Race" conference because it discriminated on the basis of race. I applaud the minister for this decision and for standing firm on his principles.

Is the minister also prepared to withhold public funding from organizations or events which discriminate on the basis of gender?

Discrimination
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Laval West
Québec

Liberal

Michel Dupuy Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I believe this a hypothetical question because I have not been faced with an issue of this nature.

Discrimination
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Jan Brown Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, I can assure the Minister of Canadian Heritage that this supplemental is not a hypothetical question.

Reformers believe that all Canadians ought to be treated equally before the law. We oppose discrimination for any reason.

The president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women has said that men are refused membership in its organization on the basis of gender.

On this basis will the minister withdraw all federal funding for the National Action Committee on the Status of Women?

Discrimination
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Sheila Finestone Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)

Mr. Speaker, I am sure my hon. colleague, the Minister of Heritage, and all members of this House will agree that the question of women is not a special interest group.

I would also suggest to my hon. colleague that there are special interests that are the interests of society contained in presentations made by many women's groups. I have met with many different women's groups over the period of many years.

I would like to suggest to the hon. member that trying to play games of this nature in the interest of the women and children of this country is far from an acceptable manner of procedure.

Blood Fractionation Plant
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Ron MacDonald Dartmouth, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health and it concerns the proposed Red Cross blood fractionation plant.

As the minister is aware, after Halifax was chosen as the sight of this plant, several provinces that lost out on the project demanded and got a review on the economics and the need for such a facility.

The committee now reports that there is a need and now some of those same provinces that lost the bid to Halifax want the site selection process reopened.

Is the minister satisfied that there is indeed a need for such a plant? If so, will she encourage those provincial counterparts to stop playing politics and support the construction of this plant at the chosen site in the province of Nova Scotia?

Blood Fractionation Plant
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Sudbury
Ontario

Liberal

Diane Marleau Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question.

I understand the concerns of Nova Scotia on this issue. However, my role and the role of Health Canada is that of a regulator. We licence and inspect such a facility wherever it is built in Canada and we approve its products.

Now that the concerns of the Canadian blood agency have been addressed by the blue ribbon panel which was selected and put in place by the ministers of health across the country, I hope and expect this dossier will move forward expeditiously.

Forestry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

René Canuel Matapédia—Matane, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Natural Resources. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources stated recently that the government hoped to maintain its financial commitment towards Quebec's private forests.

The Minister of Natural Resources, on the other hand, stated that her department did not have sufficient funds to do so and that any additional financing would have to come from the Federal Office of Regional Development.

Will the minister confirm her intention to ask her colleague, the Minister responsible for the Federal Office of Regional Development-Quebec, to dip into his budget to extend federal financial commitments for private forests in Quebec? If so, has she obtained a commitment from her colleague to that effect?

Forestry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Edmonton Northwest
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for that question.

I can assure him that my colleague, the Minister responsible for Regional Development in Quebec, and I plan to meet with the private woodlot owners of eastern Quebec very soon. Those negotiations will proceed and I will keep him informed as they proceed.

Forestry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

René Canuel Matapédia—Matane, QC

Mr. Speaker, can the minister tell us when the federal government intends to make public its decision, upon which the livelihood of thousands of private woodlot owners depends? There are more than 6,000 under the Eastern Plan.

Forestry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Edmonton Northwest
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, let me reassure the hon. member that I and my colleague responsible for regional development in Quebec fully appreciate the importance of forestry and the management of private woodlots in eastern Quebec.

That is why my colleague and I are going to meet with representatives of the private woodlot owners as soon as possible. As I have already indicated, I would be happy to keep the hon. member informed as those negotiations proceed.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Val Meredith Surrey—White Rock—South Langley, BC

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

On Friday, June 10 the Minister of Justice advised that the Solicitor General would be likely inquiring into the accusations of Kim Werbecky. Ms. Werbecky has stated that after being raped and beaten by serial killer Clifford Olson she reported the incident to the RCMP and Olson was arrested, but charges did not proceed. Last week an RCMP officer who investigated the complaint confirmed the story, stating that the crown refused to proceed with charges because the victim was not believable, a liar and a tramp.

I would like to know if the minister would confirm that the statement is correct and whether a full inquiry is going to be held.

Justice
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bonaventure—Îles-De-La-Madeleine
Québec

Liberal

Patrick Gagnon Parliamentary Secretary to Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I will take note of the inquiry made by the hon. member and I will assure myself that she is answered promptly.

Status Of Women
Oral Question Period

June 14th, 1994 / 3 p.m.

NDP

Audrey McLaughlin Yukon, YT

Mr. Speaker, may I first thank the minister responsible for the status of women for her eloquent defence of equality for women. I would like to thank her for that.

Mr. Speaker, I direct my question to the Minister of Justice whom I hope will be equally strong in his defence of women. Today in the Supreme Court, once again the federal government has taken the unusual and extraordinary measure in having important court cases related to taxation of child support, particularly as it applies to women and children living in poverty, quashed. First the government appealed the Thibaudeau case and now it is seeking to quash other similar cases.

Why is the minister's department wasting money on lawyers appealing these cases instead of addressing the real issue, women and children living in poverty?

Status Of Women
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the steps we took today in asking the Supreme Court of Canada to suspend the operation of the Court of Appeals' judgment in Thibaudeau until the changes have been introduced in the law will save money that would otherwise be spent on lawyers. The Thibaudeau judgment in the Federal Court of Appeal created an abrupt and incomplete change in the tax treatment of child support payments.

Today we asked the Supreme Court of Canada, until it hears the appeal on the merits of the case, to suspend the operation of that judgment. Otherwise, all across the country people trying to negotiate or abide by agreements or court orders for the payment of child support will be left in uncertainty as to their rights and would be obliged to seek legal advice, paying money to lawyers to help them solve the uncertainty.

By seeking the stay today, we avoided that result. At the same time, through my colleague, the Secretary of State for the Status of Women, we have a task force touring the country soliciting the views of Canadians on the most appropriate changes to achieve fair and equitable tax treatment for child support payments.