House of Commons Hansard #98 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was guidelines.

Topics

Air Transportation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, there is no question at the present time of answering such a question in this House because no request has been put by anyone in the airline industry for us to make that decision or to reconsider that decision.

Therefore the question is entirely hypothetical and obviously cannot be answered in this House under the rules of Beauchesne's, which I happen to have in my hands at the present time.

Air Transportation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

We stay away from props, colleagues.

Gun Control
Oral Question Period

November 6th, 1996 / 2:55 p.m.

Reform

Jack Ramsay Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have a prop on my desk but I will not use it.

Yesterday the Minister of Justice accused me and my colleagues of failing to support some of the bills that he has rammed through this House, including Bill C-68.

I have today with me 24 reasons why we could not support Bill C-68. Canadians were told repeatedly that the security of the firearms registration system could not be breached. Today I have 24 individual restricted firearms registration certificates containing the name and address of each owner together with the full description of each firearm. These were all sent to the wrong individuals in the mail.

I ask the solicitor general how this enormous breach of security could occur.

Gun Control
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker,

my hon. friend has raised this with me for the first time right now in the House. If he would care to meet with me and provide me with the material I will do my utmost to get him a complete answer.

Gun Control
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Jack Ramsay Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, I certainly will do that. I will make sure that he gets these certificates so that the rightful owners can eventually get them.

However, it is clear that Reform members were right. The firearms registration system is not secure and serious breaches have occurred.

Will the solicitor general admit this and agree that this presents a serious problem for the Liberal's proposed registration system for rifles and shotguns?

Gun Control
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the registration system we have at present is designed for use under the present law that is the registration law that existed prior to Bill C-68. We are busy working very vigorously to have a cost effective automated system using the best of technology which will respond to the needs of Bill C-68 and which will be based on learning from any difficulties that relate to the present system.

The present system is not the one which will be applied in order to carry out Bill C-68, which is overwhelmingly supported and desired by the great majority of Canadians.

Forestry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

George S. Rideout Moncton, NB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Natural Resources.

Canada is a world leader in forestry practices. We are all concerned about the environment and the health of our Canadian forests. Would the minister tell us what is being done in the area of certification to ensure that the Canadian forestry industry is adhering to sustainable forestry practices?

Forestry
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Edmonton Northwest
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows, Canada is one of the world's leading forestry nations. As such, all forestry stakeholders take their environmental responsibilities very seriously.

A recent example of this responsibility is an industry driven initiative undertaken in conjunction with the Canadian Standards Association to develop a new sustainable forest management standard.

These standards were recently approved by the Standards Council of Canada. They will subject the forestry industry to a rigorous, scientifically technical standard in relation to sustainable forestry management. They will also be subject to independent third party audits.

This is another example of how we are maintaining our position as one of the world's leading forestry nations.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Nelson Riis Kamloops, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance. He will know that the minister of revenue was recently in Nova Scotia pointing out that the legislation enacting the blended 15 per cent tax is not etched in stone.

She goes on to point out that the government is open to accepting a number of changes and then says that the Canadian public wants this tax.

Can the Minister of Finance point out what evidence he has to indicate that the Canadian public wants this tax? If he cannot prove that, is he open to scrapping the whole notion?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows that legislation is developed and passes through this House in a particular way. He knows that my department, along with the Minister of Finance, have worked with the three Atlantic provinces to develop legislation that will harmonize the sales tax system.

As a member of the finance committee, I crossed this country and listened to Canadians who said to us: "Fix this tax. Fix it by harmonizing it. Fix it by having tax included pricing. Fix it by having one administration".

I congratulate the Atlantic provinces for having the foresight to understand that this is what will be the solution to this tax. I would suggest to the hon. member that he talk to his own province about the importance of such a solution.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Colleagues, I would like to introduce to you a very select group.

Today we have with us in our public gallery 70 teachers from across Canada, who came here to attend the first teachers' forum on Canadian parliamentary democracy.

These men and women were selected for excellence in the teaching profession. In my view, this is the all-star team, the Team Canada of Canadian teachers. The teacher's institute has brought them to us for an intensive four days to study our parliamentary way of life. Please welcome them to our House of Commons.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Jim Hart Okanagan—Similkameen—Merritt, BC

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to rise on a point of order. I will be very brief, but I am asking for clarification from the Chair on an important issue regarding the certification of a petition.

Just to give the background on this, I sent to the clerk of petitions a petition which was signed by 27 Canadians residing in my riding of Okanagan-Similkameen-Merritt. The clerk sent it back to me not certified. In her decision she outlined the reason as "not meeting the requirements of Standing Order 36(2)(g)", which reads:

In order to be certified, pursuant to section (1) of this Standing Order, every petition shall:

(g) contain at least twenty-five signatures together with the addresses of the signatories, from persons other than Members of Parliament.

I disagreed at the time with the clerk that the petition failed to meet this criterion. When I pursued the matter with her office I was informed by her staff that the petition was not certified because five of the signatures were in Punjabi. I was further informed that all signatures must be in either French or English.

Now, in an attempt to get further clarification of how I could table this petition, I approached-

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Is this the same petition that you approached the Table with earlier today which was subsequently approved? Could you answer that question for me?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Jim Hart Okanagan—Similkameen—Merritt, BC

Mr. Speaker, it was. But I think the House needs to get clarification on this matter and that is why I raise it.