House of Commons Hansard #15 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Jake Hoeppner Lisgar—Marquette, MB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of agriculture. On Friday the minister said with regard to the Deloitte & Touche report on the Canadian Wheat Board that since the report has been completed the board has acted on its recommendations.

Would the minister please inform the House how the wheat board has addressed the report's criticism that accredited exporter relationships with the board are neither sound nor positive, nor is there any evidence of an ongoing corporate strategy plan.

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Regina—Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member will know the report to which he is referring is at least four years old. He will also know that when it was originally produced it was about an inch thick.

I have consulted with the board on this matter not only last week but over this weekend. It has assured me the recommendations brought forward by Deloitte & Touche four years ago have been pursued and implemented. If the hon. gentleman would like to put a question on the Order Paper about any specific recommendation I would be happy to respond to it.

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Jake Hoeppner Lisgar—Marquette, MB

Mr. Speaker, I would surely love to hear those answers on the Order Paper and I will bring my questions to the minister.

First the RCMP lost my complaint on the wheat board, then the information on an outrageous severance package disappeared, then the wheat board held secret in camera meetings before the grain marketing panel hearings. Will the minister finally make an effort to provide accurate information on the problematic grain marketing industry?

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Regina—Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman knows the major purpose of the western grain marketing panel, which has been conducting its work over the last several months and which is meeting in the city of Winnipeg as we speak. The major purpose of the whole initiative is to provide complete, full, accurate information about the Canadian grain marketing system. It is significant that in all of this effort to the largest extent, members of the Reform Party have not bothered to show up.

Revenue Canada
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Szabo Mississauga South, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Revenue.

In designing the forms for the 1995 income tax return, Revenue Canada decided not to provide detailed income tax tables, but rather opted to produce a single form to calculate the taxes owing.

Will the minister explain the reasons for this decision?

Revenue Canada
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, Revenue Canada has come to the realization that not every single tax filer needs every piece of documentation and supporting tax tables that can possibly be provided.

In fact, it was discovered that Canadians were using the simple arithmetic formula to check the tax tables. The tax tables were stripped from hundreds of thousands of packages sent out and in so doing have saved the taxpayer countless thousands of dollars and saved trees.

I point out that I did the tax calculation. If I can do it, pretty much everybody can.

Revenue Canada
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

That brings question period to a close.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I draw to the attention of members the presence in the gallery of a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from Malaysia, led by the Honourable Dato Wong See Wah.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Also I would like to draw to your attention the presence in the gallery of Dr. Oscar Hector Camilion, the Minister of Defence for Argentina and accompanying delegation.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed 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 two petitions presented during the first session.

Interparliamentary Delegations
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

The Speaker

My colleagues, I have the honour to lay upon the table my report of the 13th Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers which I attended in Nicosia, Cyprus, from January 3-6, 1996.

Endangered And Threatened Species Act
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Liberal

Charles Caccia Davenport, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-238, an act respecting the protection and rehabilitation of endangered and threatened species.

Mr. Speaker, this bill means a step toward the overall protection of Canada's natural biodiversity. It requires the Minister of the Environment to identify, protect and rehabilitate flora and fauna in Canada when it is threatened or endangered by human activity.

The minister would also have power to develop and implement programs to restore populations of threatened and endangered species to self-sustaining numbers.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Endangered And Threatened Species Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Kilger)

In the opinion of the Chair, this bill is in the same form as Bill C-275 of the first session of the 35th Parliament at the time of prorogation. Therefore, pursuant to order made Monday, March 4, 1996, this bill is deemed to have been read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.