House of Commons Hansard #31 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was armenians.

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Rcmp
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

François Langlois Bellechasse, QC

Mr. Speaker, I thank the parliamentary secretary for his answer, but I have a supplementary question.

Besides an ethics problem, we are faced here with a process problem, since the call for tender contained specific requirements tailor made for Mrs. Lynch. Would the parliamentary secretary not agree that the contract was awarded following a rigged advanced contract award notice, as the hon. member for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and chief government whip feared in a letter, dated July of 1995, to the solicitor general?

Rcmp
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Vaudreuil
Québec

Liberal

Nick Discepola Parliamentary Secretary to Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, as I said before, we sought the advice of our ethics counsellor, who reviewed the whole situation and clearly stated that there was no conflict of interest.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Dianne Brushett Cumberland—Colchester, NS

Mr. Speaker, today the Minister of Finance announced the harmonization of the sales tax system in Atlantic Canada with the federal sales tax.

We hear that business will benefit by improved competitiveness from further export opportunities and a reduced tax burden. How will the average consumer in Atlantic Canada benefit from the reform of the sales tax system?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the calculation is made province by province depending on the particular circumstances. As an example, New Brunswick Minister of Finance Mr. Blanchard estimated that an average family of four in New Brunswick would save between $225 and $250 per year.

Similar numbers could be given for the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

In addition, consumers will benefit enormously because they will no longer have the cascading effect of embedded taxes built in which are the real hidden taxes consumers will no longer have to pay because business will be getting the input credits. In fact, consumers will be the great beneficiaries of all of this.

Another thing which is very important to note is that this is going to increase jobs in Atlantic Canada. The fact is that consumers buy because they have jobs. This is the best structural thing we could have brought to the maritimes.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Mike Scott Skeena, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of fisheries.

The government cost of fisheries management in Iceland is $24 per tonne of fish landed. In Norway it is $85 per tonne of fish landed. In Canada it is $455 per tonne of fish landed. In spite of this massive expenditure, DFO has been unable either to predict or prevent the fisheries crises on both coasts.

As the fisheries minister is demanding a 50 per cent reduction in the B.C. salmon fleet, is he going to cut his bureaucracy by 50 per cent as well?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bonavista—Trinity—Conception
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

Fred Mifflin Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, I want to tell the hon. member that in view of Reform's position on the GST and what is taking place with that, I am delighted that Reform is interested in having the government cut down its operations.,

In the last year the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has undergone quite a cut through program review. While we have not reached 50 per cent, the department I represent is cutting by over 40 per cent. That is not a bad perspective from where I sit.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Mike Scott Skeena, BC

Mr. Speaker, the minister talks about cuts. The government has cut the salmon hatcheries in British Columbia in the face of a crisis.

The minister's new licensing policy has nothing whatsoever to do with conservation. It does not put the fish first and it certainly does not put B.C.'s coastal communities first. Over all, fish harvesting capacity will remain the same, just concentrated in fewer hands.

Will the minister guarantee when his new licensing policy fails to reduce the total fish harvest in B.C. and after he has sacrificed the futures of fishermen in B.C. coastal communities, that he and his government will accept responsibility for that?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bonavista—Trinity—Conception
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

Fred Mifflin Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, when the member talks about coastal communities and economic viability and capacity reduction, he knows very well he is talking about an industry that is in very poor shape. There are fishermen over the last few years who have lost much money. This year over 50 per cent are expected to lose money. The industry itself is expected to lose around $10 million. He is talking about an industry that is in trouble.

I have to tell the member that the plan which is represented by the Pacific salmon revitalization program stemmed from a committee report of stakeholders of the commercial fisheries, the aboriginal fisheries, the recreational fisheries, the coastal communities and the province of British Columbia. They made 27 recommendations and we moved on them.

The member asked me if I was going to be responsible for the plan. I will take responsibility for this plan. Will Reformers take responsibility for the fact that they have no plan?

Telecommunications
Oral Question Period

April 23rd, 1996 / 2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Pierre De Savoye Portneuf, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Industry admitted in this House that with respect to direct to home satellite services, and I quote: "There might be a potential problem for consumers-consumers must examine their options very carefully before they buy". But under the legislation, the Minister of Industry has responsibility for technological development, as well as protecting the consumer public.

Since the minister does not intend to follow up on the recommendation made to him by my colleague from Rimouski-Témiscouata that there be an information campaign on the real risks of buying a satellite dish and a decoder, does the minister intend to follow up on the suggestion from Quebec's culture minister, Mrs. Beaudoin, that direct to home satellite businesses be encouraged to rent their equipment rather than sell it, in order to protect the consumer?

Telecommunications
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member very well knows, technology is changing rapidly in the broadcasting sector. It is always possible that technological changes will mean that equipment bought by consumers is rendered unusable.

The most important thing for the consumer is to take the time to do a bit of research before buying. But they know very well, and I believe Mrs. Beaudoin knows it too, that regulating retail sales to consumers comes under provincial jurisdiction.

Krever Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, my dad had open heart surgery on Sunday and I am glad to say that everything went fine.

One of his biggest worries was whether he would need a blood transfusion. His concerns are shared by many Canadians. In fact, a new survey indicates that only 7 per cent of Canadians would accept a transfusion if they had a choice. The confidence in our blood system is slipping away from us.

I call upon the Minister of Justice to get rid of the lawyers that are holding up the Krever inquiry. Let Krever tell his story, all of it.

Krever Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I begin by expressing the hope that the hon. member's father recovers quickly from surgery. I know I speak for all of my colleagues in saying that.

Let us focus on confidence in Canada's blood system. The very reason the Minister of Health appointed the Krever inquiry, the very reason this government extended its term and increased its budget and the reason this government brought evidence before the inquiry was to ensure that a thorough and complete evaluation of the blood system would be carried out so that we would have the benefit of Mr. Justice Krever's recommendations to get the system right.

It is true to say that justice lawyers are in federal court for a hearing on May 22 in relation to procedural matters. We are there not to interfere with Mr. Justice Krever's work, not to delay it or to complicate it, we are there on specific questions of procedural fairness that are important points of principle.

We have asked the court to expedite the hearing. We hope it will be over quickly. We want the report completed. We look forward to the findings, whether they be findings of fault or otherwise. We want to get the blood system back where it should be and the confidence of Canadians restored.

Middle East
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Raymond Lavigne Verdun—Saint-Paul, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister for International Cooperation.

Canadians have followed with great concern and emotion the tragic events that have occurred in the Middle East these last few days.

Given the marked interest Canada has always shown for the quick settlement of this conflict, can the minister describe to the House the latest developments aimed at restoring peace for all the families and children of the Middle East?

Middle East
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for Francophonie

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for his question, as this will be the first answer I give in the House.

Middle East
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.