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.

Topics

Employment
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the unemployment rate has come down substantially since we have taken office. There is no doubt that the Canadian economy continues to feel the trauma of the recession of the early 1990s.

Given the kind of news the minister of human resources has just announced, every single year since we have taken office unemployment insurance rates have come down. This represents a tax cut of $1.4 billion.

At the same time the unprecedented clean-up of the ballot sheet has led to a lowering—

Employment
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca.

Apec
Oral Question Period

November 21st, 1997 / 11:40 a.m.

Reform

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, British Columbia is very happy to host the APEC summit, but Canadians are not happy when trade is done at the expense of human rights.

Some of the worst abusers of human rights are coming to British Columbia. This issue has been swept under the red carpet.

We want to know whether the prime minister is going to publicly bring up the issue of human rights at the APEC Summit.

Apec
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Edmonton Southeast
Alberta

Liberal

David Kilgour Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa)

Mr. Speaker, human rights are very important to this government, as I hope the member knows.

The summit deals with economic issues. We deal on a bilateral issue on human rights issues, as the member knows. The government is helping to sponsor the people's summit which will be dealing with human rights and other issues of concern to the member and all Canadians.

Apec
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Reform

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, as the member honestly knows, human rights and trade are two halves of the same whole. They cannot be separated.

Canadians are fed up with human rights being chatted with a whisper behind closed doors, as the prime minister has done before. Canadians want this government to stand up to its convictions and talk about human rights publicly.

Again, will the prime minister publicly debate and call for a public discussion on humans rights at the APEC summit?

Apec
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Edmonton Southeast
Alberta

Liberal

David Kilgour Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa)

Mr. Speaker, the member will probably know that in the case of Indonesia, the leader of the east Timorese people, Noble Peace prize winner Mr. José Ramos-Horta, last night on the National said: “Canada should welcome Indonesian President Suharto with dignity but also take a hard line on human rights. They can have a face to face dialogue with him, firm but non-confrontational”.

I would submit that is an indication of what we are trying to do.

Aboriginal Youth
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Gordon Earle Halifax West, NS

Mr. Speaker, I rise on the anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report to say shame on this Liberal government.

The minister of Indian affairs says they need yet more time to respond. There has been enough time to read 50 compelling and damning pages of systematic and ritualized physical, sexual and emotional abuse of aboriginal children in residential schools.

My question is clear. All else aside, will the government say two words to begin the healing, two words, we're sorry?

Aboriginal Youth
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Pierrefonds—Dollard
Québec

Liberal

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

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

I just want to report to him that there were 440 recommendations in the RCAP. The report is not on the shelf. Rather it is one of the most important tools we have at our disposal. What we are going to do is in the Speech from the Throne and the government will act as soon as possible.

Aboriginal Youth
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report recommends that the Metis people of Canada have the right to be acknowledged under section 91(21) of the Constitution Act, 1867.

Will the Liberal government acknowledge support of this recommendation?

Aboriginal Youth
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Pierrefonds—Dollard
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I want to remind the hon. member that the government should not table a response just for the fact of tabling a response. We want to table the right response. We are working with the provincial governments and the aboriginal peoples.

I will quote Mr. Phil Fontaine who said in the Calgary Herald “I am confident at least at this stage that the government is serious about doing something”.

International Trade
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade.

U.S. customs compliance checks at Canadian borders are costing Canadians jobs. They are an unfair burden to Canadian Christmas tree farmers in particular. Several tractor trailer loads of Canadian Christmas trees have been unloaded and then forcefully reloaded, with Canadian shippers paying as much as $1,100 for their trees to be unloaded and reloaded even if they are in complete compliance.

What will the government do to address the issue?

International Trade
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Halton
Ontario

Liberal

Julian Reed Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, the government is very concerned about activities going on across the border because trade has actually doubled over the last 10 years. We are in the process of upgrading all our transporter areas so that the problem will be corrected.

International Trade
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of International Trade.

Having our exporters' products checked for compliance at the border is a non-tariff trade barrier that has resulted in damaged products and mixed up orders. Some of the 53-foot drop trailers have ten to a dozen drops on them. All the products do not always get reloaded.

Will the minister insist that a U.S. custom official or a USDA officer check for compliance at the point of delivery rather than at the border?

International Trade
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Halton
Ontario

Liberal

Julian Reed Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, I would dearly love to. I could only tell my hon. friend we are aware that increased trade back and forth with the United States has brought on an additional burden at border crossings, and we are taking measures to correct it.

Rights Of Children
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Joe Jordan Leeds—Grenville, ON

Mr. Speaker, yesterday was National Child Day. Upon reflection this may explain some of the actions in the House yesterday.

Research clearly shows that early and aggressive intervention to improve the quality of life of our young people pays huge dividends for the children, their families and society.