House of Commons Hansard #35 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was marine.

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Tags
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

NDP

Bill Blaikie Winnipeg—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, talking about appropriate behaviour, I wonder if the minister could tell us why we have been able to access a document that shows that the human resources department, in collaboration with the RCMP, the PCO and Treasury Board, has hired a consultant, Stonehaven Productions, to train senior managers on how to deal with, and I quote: “life threatening, explosive, dangerous situations after the end of the TAGS program”.

Why is the government conspiring against the legitimate anger of its citizens and planning to end the TAGS program while going through the sham of this review, instead of changing its mind and doing the right thing?

Tags
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I am going to look at this very bizarre way of addressing the situation. We are well aware of the situation in Newfoundland and in the maritime provinces and in Quebec as well. I can say one thing. We are well aware of the very difficult situation in which these people live.

This is why we have brought forward this important program for crisis and emergency situations. We are conducting an important review of the post-TAGS situation and we will take the appropriate decisions.

Marine Atlantic
Oral Question Period

November 21st, 1997 / 11:25 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Bill Matthews Burin—St. George's, NL

Mr. Speaker, Marine Atlantic is presently phasing out its headquarters operation in Moncton, New Brunswick.

I would like to ask the government what guidelines or instructions it has given Mr. Morrison of Marine Atlantic in carrying out the relocation process and if indeed he has been instructed to relocate Marine Atlantic headquarters in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Marine Atlantic
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Hamilton West
Ontario

Liberal

Stan Keyes Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question.

Marine Atlantic is an important vestiture within the Atlantic community and Marine Atlantic serves our country well on the east coast.

I want to inform the hon. member that the file on Marine Atlantic is presently being examined by the Minister of Transport to look at all the permutations and possibilities for Marine Atlantic's location in Atlantic Canada.

Marine Atlantic
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Bill Matthews Burin—St. George's, NL

Mr. Speaker, I am sure that the parliamentary secretary must realize that the only purpose for Marine Atlantic now is to provide a very important and essential service to Newfoundland and Labrador. There are no other operations for Marine Atlantic.

I would like to ask the parliamentary secretary, has Mr. Morrison of Marine Atlantic been instructed to locate Marine Atlantic headquarters in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, the centre of Marine Atlantic operations in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Marine Atlantic
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Hamilton West
Ontario

Liberal

Stan Keyes Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I am sure the hon. member can appreciate that no one is going to be directing anyone to do anything until all the discussion takes place, all the input is made from the various stakeholders and all the concerned entities who are affected by the Marine Atlantic organization are consulted so that a decision will be made in the best interests of east coast Canada, in the best interests of Marine Atlantic and the people it serves.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Reform

Bill Gilmour Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, we now know, courtesy of Premiers Klein and Tobin, the government's position on fossil fuel emissions that it is going to take to Kyoto. It will be 1990 levels by the year 2007.

Why did the Prime Minister choose to whisper this to the premiers instead of informing the House? We cannot get the government's position in this House. Is it because there is going to be an economic hit of $33 billion?

Who is going to pay for this?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, I think it is important that instead of relying on speculation and piecemeal press reports we await the development of a position that takes into account all the points of view on this issue.

I hope the hon. member is not surprised that the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Environment are consulting with provincial premiers on these issues. I hope the hon. member favours consultation with provincial partners because they are very much involved.

The effort has been to develop a position which reflects all interests, and that is what we will do.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Reform

Bill Gilmour Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is rather humourous and absurd that our prime minister's sole position is to produce less gas than President Clinton. That is their whole goal over there.

However, it is tragic that in doing so they are prepared to accept the loss of 40,000 jobs, a lower standard of living and the destruction of some economic sectors.

Again, who is going to pay for this position?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of the Environment has made it very clear that our intention is to bring to Kyoto a position which reflects Canadian interests in general. We are consulting with all stakeholders.

The provinces are very much involved in this process. At Regina, just 10 days ago, a conference was held to ensure that the position reflects their interests as well. That is what we are going to do.

Inmate Security Rating
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Bloc

Richard Marceau Charlesbourg, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Solicitor General.

On October 31, 1997, in a letter to the president of the Conseil des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec, Quebec's Solicitor General Jacques Chamberland indicated that a new inmate security rating scale was under development.

Since we know that a process to review security ratings was initiated more than two years ago, can the minister tell us when the new policy will come into effect?

Inmate Security Rating
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, in fact I have met with the president of the union on questions of safety very often. We will be acting on those recommendations shortly.

Inmate Security Rating
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Bloc

Richard Marceau Charlesbourg, QC

Mr. Speaker, in the same letter, the minister said that there was a level of danger and risk attached to working in Quebec's penal institutions.

How can the Solicitor General justify the fact that, in Donnacona, from December to March, outer towers may be unmanned after 8 p.m., which means there will be no supervision outside?

Inmate Security Rating
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, these are penitentiaries and there is a safety question because they are facilities designed to deal with that. That is the reason we have introduced a number of safety features, very successfully, having to do with ion scanners, detectors, two-way radios. Any number of safety features have been introduced lately and it is very important for the protection of our employees.

Krever Inquiry
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Reform

Maurice Vellacott Wanuskewin, SK

Mr. Speaker, today Canada's foremost expert on the tainted blood scandal, Justice Horace Krever, submits his final report on this, the worst public health tragedy in Canadian history.

The current health minister is the very same minister who blocked Krever in the courts, withheld vital documents from Krever and obstructed Krever at every turn.

Given the deplorable record of the Minister of Health in obstructing the Krever commission, how can Canadians have any faith that this minister will heed the recommendations in Krever's report?