House of Commons Hansard #186 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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G-7 Summit
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I see the Leader of the Opposition is easily upset, but despite the lack of courtesy shown by the mayor of Quebec, we support the interests of Quebec City, which is borne out by the fact that throughout the world at this very moment, Canadian ambassadors are trying to get the 2002 winter games for Quebec City, in spite of the mayor of Quebec City.

G-7 Summit
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Lac-Saint-Jean
Québec

Bloc

Lucien Bouchard Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, if the Prime Minister thinks all sovereignist mayors in Quebec are discourteous, since there are quite a few of them, that means there are quite a few discourteous mayors in Quebec. There are quite a few people in Quebec who are discourteous, in that case, and they will show it when all sovereignists join in making the referendum this fall a victory for sovereignty.

G-7 Summit
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

G-7 Summit
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

We will win that one.

G-7 Summit
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Bloc

Lucien Bouchard Lac-Saint-Jean, QC

Are we to conclude from what the Prime Minister said in Valcartier that his only strategy now is to scare Quebeckers before the referendum that will be held shortly?

G-7 Summit
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition wants a referendum as soon as possible. That is not what he told Parizeau last week. If the Leader of the Opposition wants to win the referendum, the question should be very simple and very clear. Ask Quebeckers: Do you want to stay in Canada? And we will all vote yes, including the Péquistes.

G-7 Summit
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

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

Last September, Michel Robert, spokesperson for the Security Intelligence Review Committee told the Sub-committee on National Security that he did not know what had become of Grant Bristow. The Toronto Star has uncovered him in Edmonton, complete with a new identity, a new house, two cars and an income of $3,000 a month, compliments of the Government of Canada and Canadian taxpayers.

Before providing Mr. Bristow with a new identity and sending him into hiding once again, would the Solicitor General acknowledge that Mr. Bristow must appear before the Sub-committee on National Security in order to fully clarify his role in the racist group Heritage Front and his infiltration into the entourage of the leader of the Reform Party.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, it has never been confirmed that Grant Bristow is a CSIS source or was a CSIS source. As a result I do not think there is anything further I can add in reply to the hon. member's question.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, how can the Solicitor General abdicate his responsibilities with regard to Grant Bristow's role as a CSIS source, when a report by the review committee considers that Mr. Bristow exceeded the mandate of a CSIS source.

Why is the Solicitor General making such an effort to hide Grant Bristow?

Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I think my hon. friend is mistaken. The report of the SIRC, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, did not confirm that Grant Bristow was a source of CSIS. It did however confirm that CSIS did a good job, a proper job and a necessary job investigating the Heritage Front.

Crtc
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Jim Silye Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow the federal cabinet will do something it has never done before. It will issue a cabinet directive overturning a CRTC decision on direct to home satellite television at the specific request of Power Corp.

In fact Power Corp. went so far as to say that it would withdraw its bid if the cabinet did not rule in its favour. It is amazing what one can accomplish when one has friends or fathers-in-law in high places.

My question is for the Prime Minister. If the government felt so strongly about opening satellite television to competition, why was it not done through the appropriate channels and why is Power Corp. running the show?

Crtc
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, I am sorry the usual critic is not here. Perhaps she would understand the process a little better. The hon. member will know-

Crtc
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Order.

Crtc
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

The Speaker

We have been away for a little while and probably have forgotten that we do not make reference to when members are here or not here. I would ask the hon. minister to keep that in mind when answering.