House of Commons Hansard #250 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was health.

Topics

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, if the Reform Party were really interested in the financial state of the country, instead of using question period on this very important day to score cheap political points, it would be working with the Government of Canada to keep Canada together which is the best message for the Canadian dollar that we can expect.

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Deputy Prime Minister.

I think it is fair to say that citizens in all provinces and territories today are concerned about what they hear of the government's plans to reduce the unemployment insurance program, reduce pension coverage, reduce health care funding, reduce post-secondary education funding, reduce support for all social programs and last, high interest rates and high unemployment levels.

Knowing that this is in place and these are the trends, why should Canadians in any province and territory today be hopeful about the future?

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for his question, because it gives me a chance to repeat the message I sounded loud and clear in the Gaspé on Saturday.

It was that Gérald Larose, who for 25 years has worked for the sole cause of separation, is spreading false versions of the federal government's policies on unemployment insurance. I can assure the hon. member, as I did in the Magdalen Islands yesterday, that the documents prepared by Gérald Larose and the CSN are pure separatist propaganda and of no value in the current debate.

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is also for the Deputy Prime Minister and concerns integrity in government and particularly in this government.

The Deputy Prime Minister promised Canadians that if the hated GST was not abolished immediately that she would resign her seat. Why has the Deputy Prime Minister not resigned her seat?

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, when I hear a member of the New Democratic Party from British Columbia talking about integrity, I want to say "bingo".

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

An hon. member

Under the "N" for New Democrats.

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Sheila Copps Hamilton East, ON

I will say that during the election campaign I gave my word to the people of my riding that if we did not scrap the GST before the next election, I would resign and I intend to respect that promise.

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Income Tax
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Reform

Jim Silye Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, regardless of the outcome tonight, the government should proceed with important, positive and constructive changes in the area of taxation.

The Liberal red book clearly states that fairness, simplicity and harmonization should be the key objectives of Liberal tax policies.

If they want to meet this promise, when will the Minister of Finance commit his government to full parliamentary review of our convoluted, complicated, confusing income tax system?

Income Tax
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Doug Peters Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, compared to some other tax systems, ours is model of simplicity. We review it every-

Income Tax
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Income Tax
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Doug Peters Scarborough East, ON

Have a pack of yahoos taken over the seats over there?

Income Tax
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Reform

Jim Silye Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, let me try again.

The charter of rights and freedoms has 7,000 words, the Bible 773,000 words, the Income Tax Act has 1,200,000 words. Our current system of taxation has become an enormous social experiment which can no longer be understood, much less justified. Given that the United States is looking at flat tax reforms being brought forward by almost every Republican candidate for the next presidential election and this parliamentary secretary jokes about simplicity, when will the government follow suit and offer Canadians some hope in the form of tax reform and tax relief?

Income Tax
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Doug Peters Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, every time someone proposes the flat tax, I ask them: Are you going to pay more taxes or less taxes under a flat tax system? They always answer one way. They are going to pay less. I do not know who is going to pay the taxes under a flat tax system if that is the case.

I know under the Reform Party plan who will pay more taxes. The poor and the middle class are going to pay more and the wealthy are going to pay less because that is the Reform Party platform.

Canadian Forces
Oral Question Period

October 30th, 1995 / 2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Ted McWhinney Vancouver Quadra, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of National Defence.

Yesterday, the first Canadian Forces flight to leave Bosnia arrived in Quebec City. A second flight will arrive today. These members of the peacekeeping force have worked under very difficult conditions in an extremely difficult situation.

Could the minister tell the House about the role these Canadians have played in saving the lives of civilians and opening the door to peace in a region torn by war?