House of Commons Hansard #24 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was driving.

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The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Sherbrooke.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Jean Charest Sherbrooke, QC

Mr. Speaker, the smog has obviously not evaporated because the prime minister did not understand my question.

My question is whether or not this government is going to propose a tradable permit system between Canada, the United States and Mexico, as was recommended by the group on the environment between the three counties.

Second, will the government also propose a system that will allow us to take credit for efforts in other countries?

Finally, will there be regional variations in our position to allow Alberta to have a fair shake?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I said that we believe in getting credit for what we do with others. That does not imply only doing it with Mexico and the United States. We would like to extend it to other countries.

In terms of within industry or within regions of Canada, it is another possibility that we are looking at.

Tobacco Legislation
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Reform

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, the health minister is weakening the tobacco bill. First it is race cars, next it will be tennis, then jazz festivals and then equestrian events.

The minister knows full well that the path he is on is the wrong path. Why has he chosen to grovel and snivel at the feet of the big tobacco companies instead of being the Minister of Health?

Tobacco Legislation
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Allan Rock Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, the new writers for the Reform Party not only engage in fiction writing but very colourful fiction writing at that.

The hon. member was in his place last year when this government introduced and then adopted the toughest anti-tobacco legislation in the western world. That legislation is going to be linked with significant efforts and substantial sums of money over the next five years in a co-ordinated effort across this country to reduce the consumption of tobacco and persuade young people not to start smoking. That is our objective.

Tobacco Legislation
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Reform

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

In fact, Mr. Speaker, the rhetoric did sound pretty tough.

I have a quote from the previous Minister of Health. It states: “Whatever the ostensible intent of the tobacco companies, their rich, promotional campaigns reach our youth”. Then they sent a sneaky letter to the race car teams just before the election. To do what? To give them an exemption.

The health minister in his heart of hearts knows this is wrong. Why did he not just simply say, no chance?

Tobacco Legislation
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Because, Mr. Speaker, this is a government that keeps and respects its commitments. That was a commitment we made and we are going to keep it.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Hélène Alarie Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of the Environment.

We can certainly understand that Canada's position on greenhouse gas emissions must have provincial support, but we are concerned at not knowing the federal government's position.

Would the Minister of the Environment assure us that the federal government's position on greenhouse gas emissions is not likely to mimic that of the United States, which falls far short, in view of the stakes?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Northumberland
Ontario

Liberal

Christine Stewart Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, responsibilities for meeting Canada's targets and timelines will be that of all the players and partners involved in this issue. The federal government will have to take its responsibilities. Its partners, business, industry, municipalities, individual citizens, in fact many of them are already taking these responsibilities.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Hélène Alarie Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, since the consequences of the greenhouse effect seem particularly serious, obvious and rapid for the St. Lawrence, is it the minister's intention to use this example to convince participating countries in Kyoto, including the United States, of the need for quick action?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Northumberland
Ontario

Liberal

Christine Stewart Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, scientists suggest that there can be very difficult implications for many sectors in our economy. Our natural resources of forestry, water, fisheries, agriculture and many sectors could be impacted by the effects of climate change.

Our government will work hard to make sure that Canadians understand these issues and that we respond accordingly to the crisis.

Airbus
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Reform

Jack Ramsay Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the solicitor general said in the scrum that they could not stop Staff Sergeant Fiegenwald from leaving the RCMP. This is false. The RCMP Act contradicts that statement.

I ask the government why should Canadians not believe that this is simply a continuation of the Airbus cover-up?

Airbus
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the reason Canadians should realize it is not is because the entire exercise was handled according to the RCMP Act without any political interference at all, as it should be.

Airbus
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Reform

Jack Ramsay Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, obviously the solicitor general does not know anything about the RCMP Act or the authority of the commissioner.

Staff Sergeant Fiegenwald was forced out. The government now says that the case is closed. Who is the government going to hold accountable for botching the government's case against Brian Mulroney?

Airbus
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I can only refer the member to the staff sergeant's own press release which stated that he accepted a job that he was very happy to take.