House of Commons Hansard #198 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was internet.

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Bovine Somatotropin
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Regina—Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I think the hon. gentleman is perhaps misinterpreting that particular phrase used in part III of the estimates.

Obviously the issue of RBST use in Canada is under investigation at the present time in two different forums. One is the established legal regulatory forum which is under the jurisdiction of my colleague, the Minister of Health. As I understand it the appropriate officials in the Department of Health have not yet arrived at any determination as to what some future decision may or may not be with respect to RBST use in Canada.

Last year a second analysis was undertaken quite apart and independent from the regulatory jurisdiction of the Department of Health. That study was initiated by the agriculture committee of the House of Commons. It held public hearings and made a number of recommendations, including the proposal that whatever the regulatory decision of the Department of Health might turn out to be that at least for a one-year period the potential use of RBST in Canada ought to be delayed.

Bovine Somatotropin
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Time.

Bovine Somatotropin
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Regina—Wascana, SK

We negotiated that delay with the companies. A task force has been analysing a variety of questions in the meantime. That task force report has been submitted to me. I have provided a copy of the task force report-

Bovine Somatotropin
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Order.

Bovine Somatotropin
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Prince George-Peace River.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

May 10th, 1995 / 2:55 p.m.

Reform

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am in receipt of a letter sent to the minister of Indian affairs on March 21 by members of the Yellow Quill band in Saskatchewan. In it there are serious allegations regarding the misuse of band assets, capital project funding and housing moneys. As of February 14 the band was running a $2 million deficit. Band members have called upon the minister to uphold his fiduciary obligation and make their chief and council account for all spending.

The minister has had this letter for a month and a half and his officials have known about this problem for much longer. What has the minister done about it?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Hull—Aylmer
Québec

Liberal

Marcel Massé President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the minister of Indian affairs I will take the question under advisement.

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Audrey McLaughlin Yukon, YT

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

As he will know, under Bill C-76 the Canada social transfer section clearly is a fundamental restructuring of Canada and of our national health care and social programs. A United Nations committee has expressed concern. I do not believe that anywhere in the very much mentioned Liberal red book was it suggested to the Canadian public that we would fundamentally adopt a Reform Party policy in transferring these programs to the provinces.

Given the fundamental restructuring that this section on the Canadian social transfer represents, would he appoint an independent commission? We have done this in the past with the Hall commission and the Macdonald commission. It could study this particular section and come back truly with an independent view of what this means for the future of Canada.

Social Programs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, as has already happened a couple of times today, the premise of the question is absolutely wrong.

The fact is that the CHST enables the federal government along with the provincial governments to maintain in place a sustainable and highly progressive set of social programs.

The Canadian health and social transfer enables the federal government to keep its covenant with Canadians that there will be no residency requirement for welfare and its even greater covenant that the principles of the Canada Health Act will never be taken away from us.

International Markets
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Liberal

John O'Reilly Victoria—Haliburton, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance. Throughout its history Canada has benefited from periodic infusions of capital investment from countries across the globe. In recent years however, foreign investors have viewed Canadian markets with some reluctance.

Can the minister inform the House what is being done to improve the attractiveness of Canada to foreign investors?

International Markets
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the premise of the question is dead on.

It is very important for Canada to maintain a good climate for investment. That means a sound balance sheet. That is why we are so pleased the budget of last February was so well received by the international markets and by Canadians.

At the same time we have to recognize that as a low inflation country for which we paid a very dear penalty we must maintain the tremendous asset of low inflation and very high productivity of our workforce.

We must congratulate the Minister of Human Resources Development for this transition from passive to active support. The new industrial policy is trade policy with the trade mission of the Prime Minister. I would congratulate my colleague the Minister for International for International Trade.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Colleagues, I wish to draw to your attention the presence in the gallery of a Canadian ski legend. She was a gold and silver medalist in the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.

Nancy Greene-Raine, you honour this House.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Kingston and the Islands
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Milliken Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 42 petitions.

Interparliamentary Delegation
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Bloc

Maurice Dumas Argenteuil—Papineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, as deputy chair of the Canadian Group, Inter-Parliamentary Union, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian Group, Inter-Parliamentary Union.

This is the report of Canada's official delegation to the 93rd Inter-Parliament Conference held in Madrid, Spain, from March 27 to April 1, 1995.