House of Commons Hansard #211 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was provinces.

Topics

Bosnia
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Marc Jacob Charlesbourg, QC

Mr. Speaker, we learned this morning that Canada is preparing an operation for the withdrawal of 800 Canadian peacekeepers from Bosnia.

Are we to understand that Canada does not intend to participate in the rapid reaction force, preferring to withdraw its peacekeepers from Bosnia unilaterally under operation Cobra?

Bosnia
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada has joined with the other governments that have troops in Bosnia, Croatia or elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia, to draw up plans for the troops to be withdrawn safely, should their withdrawal be required at some point.

This weekend, the President of the United States sought the support of Congress and the American people for the possible

intervention of American troops to help the peacekeeping forces in Yugoslavia in the event of a withdrawal operation.

There is no question of withdrawing at the moment. We must, however, always be prepared, should we have to withdraw, and this is what we are doing at the moment. There are no plans for a unilateral withdrawal from Bosnia at the moment. Our troops are in Bosnia because we were given a mandate by the United Nations. As I have said in this House, we complete our United Nations mandates. In this instance, we are beginning a six-month mandate.

Public Service
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Ian Murray Lanark—Carleton, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the President of the Treasury Board.

The minister has announced changes in the way term employees in the public service will be treated by the government in the downsizing period. This appears to be unfair to term employees who have close to five years of service and would otherwise be eligible to become permanent public servants.

Can the minister tell us how the government will ensure that term employees are protected?

Public Service
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

St. Boniface
Manitoba

Liberal

Ronald J. Duhamel Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, the government wants to ensure there is a level playing field between determinate and indeterminate employees. It wants to be fair and up front.

For the first time there will be a formal written notice given in cases of layoff or end of employment. Also for the first time there will be access to transition services for employees with two years of service or more. That will help them in relocating and finding other employment.

When a term employee nears five years of service there will be less probability of losing employment because of it. That is all in the spirit of fairness and ensuring a level playing field for everyone.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Dick Harris Prince George—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, the illegal Indian blockade of the Douglas Lake ranch continues today despite the fact that the RCMP has had an injunction enforcement order for several days now.

It appears the only significant thing, as we have read, the RCMP has done has been to offer the band's chief as of yesterday an eagle feather and some tobacco.

While non-natives continue to be held hostage by the illegal blockade, maybe the Solicitor General could tell the House exactly who has directed the RCMP not to enforce the injunction order and remove the illegal blockade?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, in this matter the RCMP is acting as the provincial police service pursuant to an agreement between the federal government and the Government of British Columbia whereby the RCMP acts as the provincial police. This is a matter for the attorney general of British Columbia.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Dick Harris Prince George—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, the attorney general of British Columbia has told the people that he will not interfere with the job the RCMP has to do.

If the attorney general of B.C. is not giving direction to the RCMP, someone is and is telling it not to enforce the injunction to remove the illegal blockade. I am sure the people of Canada, particularly the people of British Columbia and those who are involved with having equipment behind the barricades and are being kept from going into Douglas Lake ranch, would like to know exactly why the RCMP is not enforcing its mandate. Who is telling it not to?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, in this matter the RCMP is not acting on behalf of the federal government when it comes to enforcing an order of the courts in British Columbia. The RCMP is acting as the provincial police service pursuant to an agreement with the Government of British Columbia.

Therefore I again suggest to my hon. friend that he direct his question to the attorney general of British Columbia. I understand my hon. friend's concern about the matter, but it is not one under which the RCMP is acting under the direction of the federal government.

Unemployment Insurance
Oral Question Period

June 5th, 1995 / 2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister.

The federal government is abandoning the regions as it plans to close several employment centres, withdraw from air and rail transport infrastructure, cut regional development funds, and increase the number of weeks of work required to qualify for unemployment insurance in the regions with the highest unemployment rates.

Does the Prime Minister realize that his government's actions are hitting the regions hard and that thousands of people from Shawinigan to Saint-Siméon are directly affected by Ottawa's desertion?

Unemployment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Human Resources Development and Minister of Western Economic Diversification

Mr. Speaker, I do not know where the hon. member gets his information, but no decisions have been taken on the reorganization of the department.

I assure the hon. member that when we complete the reorganization there will be more points of service available to more small communities in Canada than there are today.

Unemployment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup, QC

Mr. Speaker, I get my information not only from the people in the region but also from employment centre staff, who are very concerned about the situation.

Unemployment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Unemployment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup, QC

Is the Prime Minister aware that, by restricting access to unemployment insurance and reducing the duration of benefits, his government launched a direct attack against workers in resource regions who work on a seasonal basis in sectors such as fishing, forestry and tourism?

Unemployment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Human Resources Development and Minister of Western Economic Diversification

Mr. Speaker, I remind the hon. member that in this government ministers make decisions, not people at the local level, in terms of the basic reorganization of the department.

I will be glad to share any information with the hon. member, but I do not think it is particularly prudent for him to be responding to rumours or suggestions or recommendations. He should wait to deal with the facts.

Babbar Khalsa
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Val Meredith Surrey—White Rock—South Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, on May 4 the Minister of National Revenue challenged me to provide him with information that the Babbar Khalsa was a terrorist organization.

On Wednesday, May 31, the RCMP named the late Talwinder Singh Parmar and six colleagues as suspects in the Air-India bombing.

Today I have provided the minister with a copy of a 1989 newspaper photo of Parmar holding a rocket launcher surrounded by dozens of machine guns and rockets. At that time Parmar stated that if anyone wanted to commit suicide he should board an Air-India plane. He also stated that then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi would not be allowed to live beyond 1990.

I have a question for the Minister of National Revenue. Which of the above items does he believe qualifies the Babbar Khalsa society for charitable status?