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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Rights Of Children
Oral Question Period

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An hon. member

When are you going to stop taxing them?

Rights Of Children
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Liberal

Joe Jordan Leeds—Grenville, ON

This may not be important to the Reform Party but it is important to Liberals.

Could the minister outline to the House and indeed all Canadians, because I think Canadians care, what programs—

Rights Of Children
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Some hon. members

Sit down.

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The Deputy Speaker

The hon. Minister of Health.

Rights Of Children
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Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, there is no question that early intervention is critical to children. As chair of the national children's agenda—

Rights Of Children
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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Rights Of Children
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The Deputy Speaker

Order, please. It is difficult for the Chair to hear the answer.

There may not have been a question but there was a statement. It is normal when a member gets cut off before the end of a statement that the minister gets to answer the statement. I invite the hon. Minister of Health to resume his answer.

Rights Of Children
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Liberal

Allan Rock Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I was saying that it is obvious early intervention is crucial if we are to provide children with a future. As the chair of the national children's agenda I am very much aware of that.

I can tell the hon. member of one initiative that we have in partnership with provinces and communities that is working very well. It is called community action program for children. Every week 30,000 Canadian children in 750 projects in 500 communities across the country are the direct beneficiaries of volunteer hours spent with those kids to improve their lives. That is just one example of what we can do for children.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Reform

Mike Scott Skeena, BC

Mr. Speaker, Greg Twoyoungmen, chair of the Committee Against Injustice to Natives, has been scathingly critical of the department of Indian affairs in Alberta. He has publicly highlighted the absolute failure of the minister to protect the interests of grassroots aboriginal people.

Now we find the department of Indian affairs has blatantly tried to buy Mr. Twoyoungmen's silence by offering him a high paying job.

Why is the department of Indian affairs engaged in a seedy underhanded attempt to buy off its critics?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Pierrefonds—Dollard
Québec

Liberal

Bernard Patry Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, the answer is that we are not doing such a thing.

Research And Development
Oral Question Period

November 21st, 1997 / 11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Hélène Alarie Louis-Hébert, QC

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

The Canadian effort in research and development is limited to a paltry 1.64% of GDP. For a long time, the Bloc Quebecois, in its platform, and other stakeholders have been calling for the government to gradually increase granting council budgets.

Is the minister going to act on the requests made by the Canadian Consortium for Research and increase by 50% his total investment in granting councils over the next four years in order to reduce the gap separating us from our main trading partners?

Research And Development
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, if the member took a look at the previous budgets, she would see that there were cuts at the very beginning, but that we have since increased the budgets. If there is enough flexibility, if finances allow it, we intend to continue along that line.

Tags
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development. It concerns the government's plans for the end to the TAGS program.

How could the minister expect Canadians to take him seriously when he says that the government is working on plans to help out the affected communities after TAGS is finished and we know he is telling the RCMP and his own officials they should get ready for the fact that they will be doing nothing?

The minister now has a copy of the leaked document before him. Will he explain why the government is making plans for a social disaster in fishing communities instead of preventing the end of assistance for fishing communities and the people in those areas?

Tags
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I have never asked the RCMP to do the sorts of things he said in his question. I understand that some of our officials need some training to be able to cope with confrontational situations and to handle more difficult situations on an individual basis. It has happened not only in relation to TAGS but across Canada. This is the way it works.

Our government is doing the right thing by conducting a review of the post-TAGS situation. We are not particularly worried because we trust Canadians and we know Canadians behave properly all the time.

Finance
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, during the finance committee hearings on Bill C-2 departmental officials informed members that the auditor general agreed he would not oversee the investment board. The auditor general has now sent a letter to the committee asking that his position be clarified. He wants to and should be auditor for that board.

My question is for the Minister of Finance. Will the auditor general oversee the investment board or not? If not, why did the minister's officials mislead members of the committee?