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 federal.

Topics

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, if the minister is speaking about the 1988 agreement he will

know full well that agreement only covered surface vessels such as icebreakers and not submarines.

It is ironic that Canada as a world leader in acoustic technology does not even monitor subsurface use of our Arctic waters.

Will the minister provide us with a timetable today for the installation of the promised Arctic subsurface surveillance system in the Northwest Passage.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, this is one measure that was foreseen in the white paper. It is a matter that officials are working on.

It is a very expensive proposition and any move toward implementing the system for underwater detection in the High Arctic has to be made within the financial constraints of the government and the department's budget.

Trade
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Walt Lastewka St. Catharines, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance. I come from a region where small and medium size businesses compete not only directly with one another but also with American businesses right across the border. These American businesses have an advantage because of the so-called free trade zones.

Could the minister tell the House what measures he has taken to allow Canadian businesses to compete more effectively in the international market?

Trade
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Federal Office of Regional Development-Quebec

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-102, designed to amend the Customs Act, has exactly that purpose in mind. It will encourage businesses to locate in Canada. It contains improvements that will streamline the duty deferral program and will make programs more user friendly and accessible. It will remove administrative restrictions and will ease cash flow pressures by providing as much up front duty relief as possible.

Regions, municipalities and businesses will be able to co-operate as a result in promoting their communities because a critical component of the bill encourages partnerships to encourage economic development.

I congratulate the member for St. Catharines because he has been a leading proponent of many of the initiatives in the bill.

Canadian Armed Forces
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Monique Guay Laurentides, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Defence. Last week, we learned that, on two separate occasions, members of the former regiment from Petawawa organized dinners to celebrate the massacre of 14 innocent victims at l'École polytechnique. A 14-round salvo was even fired.

Will the minister confirm that the Canadian Forces private who organized these dinners has since been promoted to Master Corporal?

Canadian Armed Forces
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, this allegation was raised at the hearings of the Commission on Somalia and we will look into it.

This allegation was raised at the hearings of the commission on Somalia last week. We are looking into the matter, but I can say on behalf of the government that if indeed this were true it was totally unacceptable, totally abhorrent and something we will not tolerate.

Canadian Armed Forces
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Monique Guay Laurentides, QC

Mr. Speaker, does the minister not agree that every promotion granted to any CFB Petawawa official, for example that of Colonel Peter Kenward, should be cancelled or suspended for the duration of the inquiry?

Canadian Armed Forces
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, what I am prepared to do is that when I receive a report on the allegations and if indeed they are to be verified, I will submit the report to the commission.

It will be made public at that time and may therefore have some relationship with respect to its ultimate deliberations.

Immigration
Oral Question Period

November 6th, 1995 / 2:45 p.m.

Reform

Val Meredith Surrey—White Rock—South Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, last year when the minister of immigration introduced a document entitled "A Broader Vision", it acknowledged that defaulted sponsorship obligations cost Canadian taxpayers close to $700 million in 1993. The minister announced that initiatives would be introduced in five areas to reduce that amount.

Could the minister advise the House whether these initiatives have been successful and has the taxpayers' burden to default sponsorship been reduced?

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

York West
Ontario

Liberal

Sergio Marchi Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, as the member may know, the Peel project has started in earnest. It is working well. We are finding out information that will no doubt prove useful to an eventual position that the government will take.

We have struck a committee that liaises with all provincial governments. They too are very supportive and collaborative.

It is our intention before the House of Commons rises for Christmas to have a final response on the whole question of family sponsorship.

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Val Meredith Surrey—White Rock—South Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, in 1989 Mohammed Assaf sponsored his brother and family to settle in Alberta. Since then Alberta taxpayers have shelled out $40,000 in welfare payments to support the family.

Assaf then attempted to sponsor his second wife to Canada and was refused by immigration officials. He decided to go to the IRB that in turn ruled that Assaf did not have to pay his first obligations before sponsoring his second wife.

How will the minister accomplish the task of reducing sponsorship defaults when the IRB is telling sponsors that it does not make any difference whether or not they repay those defaults?

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

York West
Ontario

Liberal

Sergio Marchi Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, unlike the Reform Party that uses a negative, cynical case analogy or example, we prefer to deal with issues on a national basis with some degree of thought, due course and reflection. We will not be deterred by listening to comments on the floor of the House of Commons about individual cases.

We can always learn from cases whether they are in my portfolio or anywhere else, but we would be wrong if we looked at one case, generalized and made it applicable to all immigrants or refugees coming to Canada. We will not engage in a small kind of world that simply tries to create perceptions which may not be true. Let us deal with facts. Let us find solutions that work.

I ask my hon. colleague if she would find the time and place to come on board with that kind of attitude rather than negatively parade individual cases before the House and then extrapolate from them irresponsibly.

Canadian National Railway
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Bill Blaikie Winnipeg—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, the legislation which privatizes CN guarantees that Montreal will always be the headquarters of CN. The Transcona shops have just as proud a place in the history of CN as Montreal does, yet many are worried that Transcona is slated for extinction given the 485 layoffs on Friday last and the 266 before that in September.

My question is for the Deputy Prime Minister or for the Minister of Human Resources Development answering in his capacity as regional minister. Will the minister now, in the interests of regional fairness and national unity, instruct CN either administratively or legislatively to stop the decimation of the Transcona shops, to keep Transcona as CN's main repair shop and to ensure the Transcona work is not siphoned off to CN's wholly owned subsidiary in Montreal, AMF, or anywhere else for that matter? Will the Liberal government give Winnipeg the kind of guarantees that Montreal has received?

Canadian National Railway
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

London East
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Fontana Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question but I think he ought to get the facts straight.

The jobs being lost at Transcona in Winnipeg are only of a temporary nature. Therefore to assume that these are permanent layoffs by Canadian National would be inappropriate.

The hon. member would know that CN is on the brink of its commercialization and privatization. It needs to get its house in order so that it can be a competitive and viable railroad, providing service from sea to sea to sea and providing employment to all Canadians across the country.

Canadian National Railway
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Bill Blaikie Winnipeg—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, will the government give a guarantee that the recall date will be honoured and that the recall date is not just a way of appeasing employees?

Will the government answer my first question? Why guarantees for Montreal and no guarantees for Transcona and Winnipeg that have just as much a place in CN as anyone else?