House of Commons Hansard #202 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was dairy.

Topics

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Randy White Fraser Valley West, BC

My question is for the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister admit now that the only way to clear this up is to assign the ethics counsellor to investigate this issue and report back to this House?

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Acadie—Bathurst
New Brunswick

Liberal

Douglas Young Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, it is always edifying to all members of the House to have the hon. member report on the voices he has been listening to.

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Douglas Young Acadie—Bathurst, NB

The question raised by the hon. member has been raised on a number of occasions. I want to repeat that the decisions with respect to highway construction in the provinces are the responsibility of the provinces.

The minister of transportation for the province of Nova Scotia approached us. He asked us if we were prepared to review the arrangements with the province of Nova Scotia with respect to allocations of federal funds for highway construction. We did that.

We have done the same thing with others. As a matter of fact, this week I met with the minister of transportation for Newfoundland to do exactly the same thing. We have done the same thing in Prince Edward Island. We have done the same thing in New Brunswick. We will do the same thing in any province in the country because we want to be flexible. We want to try to accommodate provinces that have the responsibility for deciding where highways are constructed within their jurisdiction.

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Randy White Fraser Valley West, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is strange that the Liberals stand up and justify it when the auditor general of Nova Scotia is critcizing them for it.

The Prime Minister just said he never runs away from his responsibilities. I would like to ask him this question. I would like to know why he steadfastly refuses to let his ethics lapdog look into anything that may be potentially-

Highways
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2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

I am sure we sometimes get carried away in our questions. I wonder if the hon. member would consider withdrawing the word "lapdog" at this juncture. I find it a little offensive.

Highways
Oral Question Period

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Reform

Randy White Fraser Valley West, BC

Mr. Speaker, I suppose I will withdraw that. I would still like the answer to my question.

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

I put it to the hon. member: Would he please simply withdraw the word "lapdog", yes or no?

Highways
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Reform

Randy White Fraser Valley West, BC

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I am very surprised at what they used to call the new way of doing politics.

Highways
Oral Question Period

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Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Highways
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Saint-Maurice, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have to tell members that the answer given by the Minister of Transport was very clear. We do indeed respect the provincial jurisdictions.

Bovine Somatotropin
Oral Question Period

May 16th, 1995 / 2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Guy Chrétien Frontenac, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Agriculture. On May 13, the daily La Presse reported that several dairy producers were illegally using the growth hormone somatotropin, which they import from the U.S. Most of the stakeholders, including the Quebec federation of dairy producers, recognize that this is common practice.

Can the Minister of Agriculture tell us which concrete measure he took to ensure that dairy producers comply with the moratorium in effect?

Bovine Somatotropin
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Regina—Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I am glad for the last part of the

hon. member's question, which would tend to indicate that the manufacturers of the product who have agreed to the moratorium are complying with the moratorium.

The questions that have been raised in the press appear to relate not to the companies but to the potentially unauthorized use of this product by certain individuals. Since those news stories have arisen in the last several days, I have asked my officials to investigate those allegations to determine whether or not any rules, regulations, or laws of the Government of Canada are being violated in any way. When I have their report on their investigation, I will be happy to share that with the hon. gentleman.