House of Commons Hansard #85 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was israel.

Topics

Ethics
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley East, BC

Mr. Speaker, the public has a desire to know to what standard of ethics the government is trying to adhere.

I have with me the British parliamentary guidelines for ministers. They are 130 pages long and are publicly available. I got these from the British High Commission earlier today.

We have another incident. The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs has been seen sending out notification of his Liberal fundraising events. We are not sure if that contradicts the ethics code of the government because we are not sure it even has an ethics code.

Would somebody please let the Canadian people know what this ethics code is? Will he or she table them in the House so the Canadian public is aware what ethical standard, whatever it might be, government ministers live up to?

Ethics
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, it may come as a surprise to the hon. member but anyone who takes an oath of office, either as a member of Parliament or as member of the cabinet, immediately accepts a basic code of conduct.

It might be helpful for the hon. member to examine his own code of behaviour. Frankly, the code of behaviour exercised in the House every day by members of the third party is quite deplorable.

If the hon. member wants a real test of the code of ethics of members of the cabinet he only has to look at the various honourable decisions taken by ministers. When they have breached the code they have made the honourable decision and resigned, as did the former Minister of National Defence last week.

The best test is the test of practical outcome. I believe the Canadian people respect that.

The Minister Of Indian Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Claude Bachand Saint-Jean, QC

Mr. Speaker, the members of this government, particularly cabinet members, have problems with ethics.

Last week, it was the former defence minister, regarding the incidents that we know; yesterday, it was the intergovernmental affairs minister, who used the Privy Council-the Prime Minister's department-letterhead for partisan announcements; now, it is the turn of the indian affairs minister.

How can the minister explain that, in a document released in August 1996 by his department and entitled Pride in Partnership , he directly refers to the commitments the Liberal Party of Canada made to aboriginal people in the red book? Since when does the minister of indian affairs promote the red book by using taxpayers' money?

The Minister Of Indian Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Sault Ste. Marie
Ontario

Liberal

Ron Irwin Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, I promote the Liberal red book every time I get a chance to speak or write.

The Minister Of Indian Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Claude Bachand Saint-Jean, QC

Mr. Speaker, I find it unacceptable that the minister would try to downplay the incident. The indian affairs minister promotes the red book and says there is no problem, adding that he will seize every opportunity to promote it.

The minister should realize that it is inappropriate for the government to use public money for political purposes, namely to boast about his government's performance. He should pledge to repay the federal treasury for such abuse, with money taken from the Liberal Party fund. Will the minister repay the federal treasury for this abuse?

The Minister Of Indian Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Sault Ste. Marie
Ontario

Liberal

Ron Irwin Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, if that is the only question I am going to get from the Bloc in two months, I am in pretty good shape.

The red book happened to be our policy. It was a promise to the electorate, which eventually became cabinet policy. We were telling the public: "This is our policy. This is what we promised you. This is what we delivered". Short and simple.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

October 10th, 1996 / 2:55 p.m.

Reform

Leon Benoit Vegreville, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of agriculture. The minister announced last Friday that he will hold a plebiscite on the future of barley marketing in western Canada.

I need some clarification from the minister. Western farmers really want to know, as they go into marketing this year's barley crops, will farmers be given the option to choose dual marketing in the plebiscite?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Regina—Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I have had the opportunity to answer this question in the House before.

It is very clear in the policy statement that was delivered, both on Friday of last week and Monday of this week, that we will be asking a very clear cut question about whether farmers wish to put all barley, that is, both feed and malting barley, on the completely open market for all sales or would they prefer to retain the current system through which the Canadian Wheat Board, as modernized by the various changes that we are making, remains the single desk seller for all barley exports and domestic barley sales for human consumption. That is very clear.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Leon Benoit Vegreville, AB

Mr. Speaker, the minister has answered the question. He has said that dual marketing will not be an option.

This option is accepted by many western Canadian farmers. Will the minister promise today that he will change his mind on this issue and put dual marketing as an option on the ballot?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Regina—Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the Reform Party does not like it when I do change my mind and they do not like it when I do not change my mind. I find it very difficult to understand their position.

What it is important for the Reform Party to explain to their supporters so that this issue can be fully understood is that the concept of dual marketing would dilute the price pooling system. It would make it untenable for there to be guarantees of initial payments.

It would make it impossible for the quantity of supply, the security of supply, to be guaranteed in world markets by Canadian marketing and there would be no ability, under a dual marketing system, to safeguard Canadian quality.

Those are some of the flaws that the Reform Party should draw to the attention of those who make this argument.

Banff National Park
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Bethel Edmonton East, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

For over 100 years, Banff national park has served as the flagship of Canada's national parks system. It is a symbol of Canadian heritage. Its protection is a value shared by all Canadians coast to coast.

How will the minister implement the recommendations of the Bow Valley study? How will she balance the environmental protection with the long-term sustainability of Alberta's tourism industry?

Banff National Park
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Vancouver Centre
B.C.

Liberal

Hedy Fry Secretary of State (Multiculturalism)(Status of Women)

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for an extremely well thought out and well articulated question.

As the hon. member knows, on October 7 the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced that she would take immediate steps to implement some of those recommendations. She has put a stop to any new commercial use of lands in Banff National Park. She has actually removed the air strip, she has removed the buffalo paddock and the cadet camp. She has also set up a corridor north of the city that will be for wildlife. She has set up clear wilderness areas within the park.

As for the remainder of the recommendations, the assistant deputy minister of parks will be setting up an advisory committee that will work out an implementation strategy that the minister will announce in April.

Canada Pension Plan
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance. It concerns proposed changes to the Canada pension plan. The minister has said that some provinces have proposed to cut benefits to seniors by taking away full inflation protection.

My question to the minister is straightforward. What is the federal position on this issue? Will the minister clearly state whether he supports this change or whether he is prepared to stand with the NDP governments of Saskatchewan and British Columbia in rejecting this regressive proposal which would betray the trust of Canadian seniors?

Canada Pension Plan
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, first it is by no means clear that the description of any government's position is as described by the member. However, I would tell him that all of the provinces have come together and quite clearly there is going to have to be a package. When the package is put together it will imply trade-offs and we will have to see.

I can also say that the federal government is going to have to come to a compromise with the provinces. The federal government cannot act alone in this particular instance. However, the hon. member ought to know, in instances where the federal government could act alone, which is in the creation of a new seniors benefit, we not only maintained but we enhanced indexation.

Mr. Trân Trieû Quân
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Philippe Paré Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for Francophonie.

Trân Trieû Quân has just been transferred to a labour camp, somewhere in the Vietnamese jungle, without any advance notice to Canadian consular authorities.

Since the new Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for Francophonie will go to Hanoi in the coming days, will he pledge to make, on behalf of the Canadian government, an official request for the patriation of Trân Trieû Quân, and will he inform the House of the result of his efforts, as soon as he comes back here?