House of Commons Hansard #74 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was environment.

Topics

Goods And Services Tax
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Reform

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, even the Liberal premiers are now saying that a billion dollars is not enough to cover up the bad smell from this deal.

Nova Scotia Premier John Savage says: "Ottawa can tax books as they do at the moment. We do not tax books and we will not". That sounds like a deal breaker to me.

Since the premiers are now saying they will walk away from the deal, will the finance minister admit that his deal is starting to unravel because the government does not know how to keep its word?

Goods And Services Tax
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Doug Peters Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, it is interesting to listen to the members of the Reform Party talk about this, especially when it was the Reform Party that said in a minority report on the GST that a harmonized tax would do it.

This deal is not falling apart but rather it is a deal which will go through.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Vic Althouse Mackenzie, SK

Mr. Speaker, unlike politicians, farmers have to plan well beyond the next election so they want to know the facts about the likely future of single desk agencies in the 1999 trade talks.

My question is for the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food who yesterday told us he had been at a Cairns group meeting where he took no farm representatives. There appears to have been no record of the proceedings of what went on.

Will he in future include wheat board advisory members as farm representatives and will he make available the record of such discussions so that all farmers may assess what is really going on, given that New Zealand and Australia, his two believed allies, tell a different story about 1999.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Regina—Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, contrary to what the hon. gentleman has just said, in preparation for the Cairns group meetings there were discussions between representatives of farm organizations and myself, including the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and others.

The reports of the Cairns group meetings were published at the conclusion of the meetings and broadly carried in the international press.

May I just re-emphasize for the benefit of the hon. member and others, any future decisions to be taken about our marketing institutions or anything else having to do with Canadian agriculture will be made in Canada by Canadians for our own good Canadian reasons and we will not be driven by foreign capital.

Somalia Inquiry
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Jean Charest Sherbrooke, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister and it has to do with the Somalia inquiry.

I want to make a constructive suggestion to the Prime Minister today. I think he will acknowledge that this inquiry has deeply affected the morale of Canadian troops and that there will be a very long delay between the report and the proceedings. We also know that there are two different sets of events here, the events in Somalia and what happened afterward.

Given these circumstances, will the Prime Minister not do the sensible thing and ask for an interim report?

Somalia Inquiry
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the inquiry has a mandate to look into what happened in Somalia when the Progressive Conservative Party was in government and it has to finish its job.

The question of an interim report or no interim report is not for me to ask. It is for the commission to decide. I hope that it will complete the work as quickly as possible. It will be in the interests of the armed forces and everybody that the file be completed, the report be handed in and the government act on the recommendations, if need be.

An interim report will not deviate from the reality that when the inquiry goes into the second phase there will be discomfort for some people because nobody likes to have an inquiry. It is the first time in the history of the armed forces that there has been a public inquiry. I understand that it is difficult. In the meantime the soldiers are doing their job very well, in Haiti and elsewhere. From inside it seems that those who are in-

Somalia Inquiry
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Order, order.

Somalia Inquiry
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Saint-Maurice, QC

Let me finish. I do not abuse the time of the House.

All who are inside are doing their best to keep the armed forces in good shape and everybody hopes that the inquiry will be completed as soon as possible.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of Mr. Zhou Wenzhi, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Water Resources, People's Republic of China.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I have three points of order which I am going to deal with today. I am going to begin with the hon. minister.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Saint-Léonard
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Labour and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I wish to confirm that tomorrow will be an allotted day.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I am now going to proceed to the first point of order that I have from the hon. member for Kootenay East.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

September 25th, 1996 / 3:05 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay East, BC

Mr. Speaker, in question period today the Minister of Canadian Heritage accused me of being a lobbyist. I am an elected member of this House. I wonder if you might find it in your power to suggest that she apologize to me for calling me a lobbyist when I am just-

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

We use different words in the House many times in our debates. I would rule that is not a point of order. It is probably a point of debate.

I will pass on to the next point of order, the hon. member for Cariboo-Chilcotin.