House of Commons Hansard #18 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was co-operatives.

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Franco-Quebec Accord On Child Support
Oral Question Period

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The Speaker

The hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, this statement is wrong, very wrong.

The fact of the matter is that we have signed with France a treaty which applies to all provinces. Unfortunately, Quebec refused to join the Canadian and French governments in signing this treaty. That is Quebec's problem.

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Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the other Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Franco-Quebec Accord On Child Support
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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

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Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

The agreement between Quebec and Paris is an international agreement having to do with the collection of support payments and the government seems to want to stretch its tentacles into provincial areas of jurisdiction.

Is the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs prepared to admit that, by requiring that the agreement come under Canada's umbrella agreement, the federal government is denying—

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The Speaker

The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

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Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Quebecois is contradicting itself. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has just explained that the French government cannot sign this agreement without the assurance that the Canadian government is in agreement. That is the fundamental issue.

I will not accuse the hon. member of lying, as the leader of the Bloc Quebecois is forever doing. I merely point out to him that he is mistaken.

Franco-Quebec Accord On Child Support
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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

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The Speaker

I ask all members to be very judicious in their choice of words. I do not want the members to use the word “lying” in the House, even in the manner it was used today.

The hon. member for Beauharnois—Salaberry has the floor.

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Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

He should withdraw what he said.

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An hon. member

Tell him he lied.

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Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs lied.

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

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The Speaker

Colleagues, when we use words that even come close to being unparliamentary I always ask you to please be judicious in your words.

However, when words are used that are clearly unparliamentary you leave your Speaker with very little choice. I will deal with this matter at the end of question period.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, the disastrous effects of the finance minister's mistake in slashing $1.2 billion out of health care this year becomes more and more evident.

Canadians are shocked to learn that the federal government is now the lowest contributor among major health care funders. The latest figures reveal that the federal government used to pay 35% of health care costs with individuals paying 24%. Today as a result of Liberal cuts those numbers are reversed with individuals forced to pay over 31%.

When will the finance minister admit that his excessive cuts are leading us directly to two tier American style health care?