House of Commons Hansard #275 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was quebec.

Topics

Iraq
Statements By Members

1:55 p.m.

Liberal

Jag Bhaduria Markham—Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Food and Agriculture Organization, an agency of the United Nations, released a shocking report on the implications of the economic sanctions against Iraq.

In the four years since the Persian Gulf war more than 560,000 Iraqi children have died as a direct result of the sanctions. Present day suffering is intolerable; food prices are extremely high; and the water and sanitation systems have rapidly deteriorated.

Most important, hospitals are functioning at 40 per cent capacity and many serious operations are being performed without the proper medical supplies. The bottom line is that literally thousands of innocent children are dying every day.

In the true spirit of the upcoming holiday season I call upon the government to support the elimination of the UN embargo and support the giving of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the people of Iraq.

Canadian Armed Forces
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Ted McWhinney Vancouver Quadra, BC

Mr. Speaker, the commitment by the minister of defence of the Canadian Armed Forces to the new international force that is to maintain the just concluded truce between the three warring parties in Bosnia-Hercegovina remains within the parameters of the United Nations charter.

NATO is a regional security organization within chapter VIII of the charter. Its military commanders and political governors are thereby placed under the aegis of chapter VI of the charter on peacekeeping and on international law under the charter, including the contemporary laws of war.

Armenia
Statements By Members

December 11th, 1995 / 2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Sarkis Assadourian Don Valley North, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the seventh anniversary of the terrible tragedy of the Armenian earthquake.

On December 7, 1988 nature unleashed its fury and hundreds of thousands of lives were changed forever by this tragic event. The magnitude of this natural disaster is almost unimaginable. The death toll has never been firmly established, but estimates range upward of 100,000 deaths and over 500,000 additional people injured.

In response to the tragedy the Government of Canada provided over $6 million in aid to Armenia through the Red Cross and Canadians from all regions of our nation donated an additional $2.5 million in humanitarian relief.

When I was in Armenia last year I was told again and again that the people of Armenia are forever grateful to Canada and Canadians.

Sacred Assembly
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Elijah Harper Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, last week thousands of Canadians from all walks of life gathered in Hull for a sacred assembly. We brought together spiritual leaders of many faiths, aboriginal leaders from coast to coast, youth, elders, political leaders, as well as guests and visitors from South Africa, Brazil, the United States and Central America.

I am happy to tell the House that the assembly was a success. We came together in the spirit of faith and reconciliation and agreed on a new vision for Canada as a whole. We have laid the groundwork for reconciliation and healing in this land.

I thank members of the House who joined us in Hull last week, especially the member for Saint-Jean who represented the official opposition, the hon. minister of Indian affairs and the hon. Prime Minister. They all made valuable contributions. I hope they will continue to work with us as the process of healing and reconciliation continues for all Canadians. God bless.

The Constitution
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Bloc

Jean H. Leroux Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's bill to give five regions of Canada a right of veto on any eventual constitutional amendment is worse than the amending formula contained in the Constitution imposed on us in 1982.

In less than two weeks, the Liberal government will have imposed distinct society on Quebec against the will of the Quebec National Assembly and given a veto to two provinces that do not want it or would prefer something else.

The amending formula for the Constitution that requires the consent of seven provinces representing 50 per cent of the Canadian population was already considered particularly coercive. Now consent will be required from seven provinces representing 92 per cent of the population.

As Jean Dion writes in today's Le Devoir , we can just imagine some smart alecs inferring that the consent of 14 provinces representing 142 per cent of the population will be required in the future.

Hmcs Calgary
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Reform

Darrel Stinson Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian military performed a miraculous rescue at sea recently when five air crew aboard an aging Sea King helicopter rescued 30 people from a sinking cargo vessel during a raging mid-Atlantic storm.

Thirty times during that terrible storm, Master Corporal Rob Fisher was lowered on to the heaving deck of the bulk carrier Mount Olympus , epitomizing the best traditions of brave men in fearful conditions.

Piloting that chopper was Captain Dan Burden, a 36-year old naval officer from Salmon Arm in my riding of Okanagan-Shuswap, where he attended elementary and high schools and where his proud parents, James and Norene Burden, still make their home.

Captain Burden recently spent six months in the Persian Gulf. Over Christmas he plans some r and r with his wife Catherine, four-year old son Alexander and infant daughter Elizabeth.

I ask the House to join me in congratulating the Canadian Navy and especially the officers and crew of HMCS Calgary for their heroic efforts.

Stora Feldmill Ltd.
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Francis Leblanc Cape Breton Highlands—Canso, NS

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to inform the House today that STORA Feldmill of Sweden will be carrying out a $650 million expansion of its pulp and paper facilities in Point Tupper in my riding of Cape Breton Highlands-Canso. The company made the announcement today.

The investment in a new paper plant at this location will create 800 construction jobs over the next two years. Just as important, the expansion will secure newsprint and paper production jobs over the long term in eastern Nova Scotia.

The government, along with its provincial and municipal partners, has pursued the expansion vigorously. Once again we have proven that Nova Scotia can attract international investment.

The location of the facility on the Strait of Canso on our east coast offers competitive transport costs to both the United States and Europe. The new facility is scheduled to be in operation early in 1998 and project planning has already started.

The government has proven it can be aggressive in attracting and keeping international investment in Canada.

Highway 416
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Jim Jordan Leeds—Grenville, ON

Mr. Speaker, the announcement that federal and provincial governments have agreed on a plan to finance the construction of highway 416 south from Ottawa is being applauded throughout eastern Ontario.

Besides providing hundreds of construction jobs, the new four-lane route will connect the nation's capital with the nation's busiest highway.

Dozens of accidental deaths and injuries over the last few years have been attributed to a highway that is simply inadequate. Canadians and visitors alike can look forward to a modern, state of the art highway in and out of the nation's capital by the year 2000.

I congratulate both levels of government for finally giving the project the priority it deserves.

Government Of Canada
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Karen Kraft Sloan York—Simcoe, ON

Mr. Speaker, in a recent Ekos poll Canadians were asked what values they wanted their federal government to uphold. Responses were collated and presented in two groups. One of the top three values identified by Canadian elites was minimal government.

What did the Canadian public say was their top three values? They were freedom, a clean environment and a healthy population. Minimal government was last on a list of 23 choices for Canadians.

What does the Reform Party want? It wants to cut, to gut and to eviscerate the federal government. Canadians want a strong federal government with strong national standards. The Reform Party is not the party of the people as it says but a party of limited special interests, a party for the elite and not for the people.

Judge Jean Bienvenue
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Rocheleau Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, last Thursday, judge Jean Bienvenue of the Quebec superior court made unacceptable and revolting comments regarding the victims of the Holocaust and women in general. The judge said that women were capable of committing acts more despicable than those of the vilest man.

I ask the Minister of Justice to order without delay an inquiry by the Canadian Judicial Council. Unfortunately, the council rarely reprimands a federal judge. In fact, the whole disciplinary process concerning federal judges must be reviewed, and a detailed code of ethics must be implemented.

The real scandal regarding this incident is the federal process of judicial appointments, which is based on partisanship. I still wonder how a Liberal federal government could ever appoint Jean Bienvenue as a judge.

Quebec
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Reform

Cliff Breitkreuz Yellowhead, AB

Mr. Speaker, just over one week ago 1,000 Albertans attended a public rally in Edmonton and the people overwhelmingly rejected the notion of giving a veto to the separatist Quebec government and turned thumbs down on the open ended distinct society clause.

However this top down government is bent on ramming these Quebec appeasements down Canadians' throats. The Liberals have the gall to invoke closure on the distinct society motion, once again trampling on the democratic process. This is 1989 all over again when the Mulroney Tories rammed the GST down our throats. Now look at the federal Tories.

To the four Liberal MPs from Edmonton we say Canadians are tired of politicians lacking the backbone to represent them in Ottawa. When this mixed Liberal quartet votes on the veto and distinct society bills, Edmontonians will be watching and they will remember.

Federal Government
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

NDP

Chris Axworthy Saskatoon—Clark's Crossing, SK

Mr. Speaker, two announcements in the past week demonstrate that the government's approach to reducing the deficit protects the rich and punishes the poor.

The Minister of Human Resources Development picked the pockets of unemployed Canadians to the tune of $1.9 billion, yet all the top banks in Canada have announced billion dollar profits for the last year. Clearly the federal government is forcing the burden of paying the huge debt, which it and the Conservatives have created, on the least affluent in Canada.

The federal government provides absolutely no funding for the UI program and one wonders what moral authority it has to attempt to reduce the deficit with money contributed to the UI fund by ordinary Canadians. Ordinary Canadians are being forced to do more than corporate citizens to reduce the deficit. With obscenely high bank profits, the government is not taking any measures at all to ensure that they too are paying their fair share of the deficit.

These two contrasts simply show how natural it is for the Liberal government to look after its corporate friends. Maybe some day we will have a government for the people, by the people.

Mouvement De Libération Nationaledu Québec
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Bonaventure—Îles-De-La-Madeleine
Québec

Liberal

Patrick Gagnon Parliamentary Secretary to Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the Mouvement de libération nationale du Québec held its first public meeting yesterday, in Montreal. As you know, the primary objective of that movement presided by Raymond Villeneuve, a former FLQ member who was in exile for 16 years, is to promote Quebec's independence.

Depicting Quebec's English-speaking and ethnic community members as "enemies of the Quebec people", the movement, through its president, intends to take all the means it deems necessary to implement the distorted ideas expressed in its manifesto.

The values and the ideas of the Mouvement de libération nationale du Québec are totally incompatible with the democratic and peaceful traditions of Quebec and Canada. Therefore, I urge members of this House to strongly condemn this group of extremists for its barely veiled incitement to violence.

LEADER OF THE PROGRESSIVEcONSERVATIVE PARTY
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Liberal

Nick Discepola Vaudreuil, QC

Mr. Speaker, this past weekend, the leader of the Conservative Party came another step closer to the politics of the Reform and the Bloc Quebecois with the statement that he would like to see the end of Canada's multiculturalism policy.

This statement by the Conservative leader suggests that he would be ready to dump all of the multicultural policies and the multicultural heritage of his party in order to snatch the votes of a few intolerant people from the Bloc and the Reform.

At a time when the winds of intolerance blow across Canada, the Conservative member for Sherbrooke is giving in to an easy fix, and he too has started making political hay at the expense of the cultural communities.

It is a pity to see that the political ambitions of the Conservative leader have led him to turn his back on the sacred principles of multiculturalism, principles he defended tooth and claw when a minister in the previous government.

Referendums
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

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

This morning during a recorded interview for CBC-TV, the Prime Minister said he would like to use the federal government's constitutional powers to maintain peace, order and good government to prevent another Quebec referendum if he judged it was based on a vague question.

Are we to understand from the words of the Prime Minister that, on the very day he feigns recognition of the distinct society in a motion, he is announcing his intention to impose his wording on the next referendum question?