House of Commons Hansard #255 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was health.

Topics

Canadian National Railway
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

London East
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Fontana Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, again I tell the hon. member that the layoff notices are temporary.

I am sure as CN moves toward privatization it will become much more efficient as a national railroad in the country. In fact there will be future job opportunities for everyone in Canada, not only in Quebec but in Winnipeg, B.C. and Atlantic Canada.

Employment
Oral Question Period

November 6th, 1995 / 2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Ron Fewchuk Selkirk—Red River, MB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development.

Last Friday new figures were published by Statistics Canada showing continued full time employment growth in the Canadian economy. Given the concern of some Canadians that the government is not doing enough to fulfil its jobs and growth agenda, could the Minister of Human Resources Development explain the latest changes particularly as they affect my province, Manitoba, and young Canadians today?

Employment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Human Resources Development and Minister of Western Economic Diversification

Mr. Speaker, amidst the tumultuous events of last week a very important milestone was not properly recognized.

The government has now served two years since it was officially elected by the people of Canada. The most appropriate way to celebrate that event is to point out, with the employment statistics released on Friday, that since the election over 500,000 full time permanent jobs have been created in Canada.

In particular it is important to point out that last month alone 46,000 jobs were created for young people, which is the highest increase in one month for young people since June 1986.

I am happy to report that in the province of Manitoba, which I share with the hon. member-

Employment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

John Cummins Delta, BC

Time.

Employment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Lee Morrison Swift Current—Maple Creek—Assiniboia, SK

Order.

Employment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Winnipeg South Centre, MB

They just do not like to listen to good news; that is their problem. They are just the Bad News Bears.

I will simply conclude by saying that the figures show there is still a lot of work to do. There are still far too many unemployed people in Canada. We have now shown that the foundation has been laid and the next two years will be even better.

Amateur Sport
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Benoît Sauvageau Terrebonne, QC

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

In about 40 per cent of international competitive sports, national coaching certification training programs are given in English only. It is obvious that, in amateur sports, there is discrimination against francophones even in elite coaching training.

How does the minister explain that a mere 14 per cent of all Canadian coaches trained for international competition are from Quebec and that coaching training courses for 40 per cent of competitive sports, including biathlon, hot dog skiing and synchronized swimming, are offered exclusively in English?

Amateur Sport
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Laval West
Québec

Liberal

Michel Dupuy Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, responsibility for the training of coaches as well as athletes rests with specialized agencies and not with the heritage department. However, if my colleague cares to provide me with details, I will, of course, be delighted to take a look at them.

Canada Health And Social Transfer
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development.

The minister would know that as an unintended result of the block transfers for the Canada health and social transfer many of the Canadians who are most vulnerable or who feel most vulnerable are Canadians with disabilities.

To date Canadians with disabilities have not yet been assured that there will be consultation with the provinces to ensure that persons with disabilities will not be financially affected by the Canada Health and Social Transfer Act. Would the minister make those assurances today?

Canada Health And Social Transfer
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Human Resources Development and Minister of Western Economic Diversification

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

I know the hon. member would be interested that on Thursday I will be appearing before of the Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of Disabled Persons. At that time I will be setting out a series of principles and directions for a disability strategy which the federal government would like to retain.

In particular, the inauguration of the Canada health and social transfer gives us a real opportunity to sit down with the provinces to work out a mutually satisfactory strategy to deal with the very important issue of disability. It gives us the opportunity to collectively work together, to share resources and to come up with a common approach we think will be beneficial to over two million disabled Canadians who are without work.

I hope the hon. member will be in attendance at the committee because I would welcome his remarks.

Air Safety
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Elijah Harper Churchill, MB

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

Recently the Transport Safety Board released its report on the tragic crash of a Keewatin Air flight at Thompson airport in June 1994. Two people died in this crash and one was seriously injured. In light of this tragedy, can the Minister of Transport reassure northern air travellers by telling us what action he will take in response to the board's recommendations?

Air Safety
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

London East
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Fontana Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for his great interest in this matter concerning northern air travellers.

As he has indicated, the Transportation Safety Board has tabled its report. Transport Canada officials are reviewing the recommendations. Within 90 days, in the middle of January, the Transport Canada minister will make those recommendations known.

I can assure the member that Transport Canada and the minister will do everything possible to ensure safety in our airlines and ensure that northern air travellers have nothing to fear.

Air Safety
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

My colleagues, this would bring to a close the question period.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, I wish to ask the House for consent. Tonight there is a vote scheduled for 6 p.m. and another one for 6.30 p.m., which now will likely be held at 6.45 p.m. or so. In order to permit the House to save on overtime costs and in order to permit members to attend vigils tonight, would the House consent to taking both votes at 6 p.m.?

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

Is there unanimous consent?