House of Commons Hansard #39 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was plan.

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Minister Of Intergovernmental Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, once again, it is a question of semantics. We are not talking about Quebec's plan, but the plan to secede that Quebeckers have rejected twice already.

Minister Of Intergovernmental Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, how can the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs use such strong language and then justify using it by saying “See, your option was democratically rejected”. When is he telling the truth, before or after?

Minister Of Intergovernmental Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, democracy would have been better served had a clear question been put to the people. Then, it would have been clear how much Quebeckers wanted to remain within Canada. Support for the yes side would not have been artificially inflated for the sole purpose of winning the referendum, with a separation they did not want in the first place forced on Quebeckers.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

November 27th, 1997 / 2:35 p.m.

Reform

Dale Johnston Wetaskiwin, AB

Mr. Speaker, we have heard the minister say that she is concerned and that she has given many speeches.

Constituents of mine from the Hobbema reserve are also concerned. They are concerned that even though there are billions of dollars spent by her department they have the highest substance abuse, the highest disease rate, the highest crime rate, the highest poverty rate in Canada.

When will the minister stop her talking and act on the report that she has been given?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member makes some very good points, that indeed aboriginal people in Canada do not live on a level playing field, that their lives are significantly different from yours and mine.

It is extremely important for us to understand that we need a new structural relationship. We need to connect aboriginal people to the economic levers that are so much a part of this country.

I would ask the hon. member to join with me to build communities and to work in partnership to make sure that Canada is number one for all.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, the minister is using all these nice sounding words in her speeches, like partnership and building, but they mean nothing because she does not act.

Sixty-nine of 72 reserves in Saskatchewan have members in the coalition for aboriginal accountability. While she quotes from the letter from the chiefs, these grassroots people cannot meet with her.

My question that she must answer is, why are the bureaucrats in her department shielding her from the concerns of people on the reserves?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, I categorically deny this. In fact, when the warriors from the Samson First Nation came to Ottawa, they were unable to meet with me because I was in Quebec meeting with other First Nations. They were however invited to meet with my ADM and they had a productive meeting. Our job is to work together, to speak together and in partnership build a modern future, a healthy future for Canada's aboriginal people.

Krever Report
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, now that the Krever report has been tabled, we are left with the sad fate of thousands of people who were contaminated because of an inadequate system.

Since the federal government is the first to blame for the lack of rigour in the blood supply system, should it not now compensate the victims of its own negligence?

Krever Report
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, yesterday we accepted our share of the blame for what happened.

As I said earlier today, we can now refer to Mr. Justice Krever's recommendations to deal with the issue of victims' compensation. I will soon discuss our response with my counterparts.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Augustine Etobicoke—Lakeshore, ON

Mr. Speaker, recently the Law Reform Commission of Canada was established to consider remedies for survivors of physical and sexual abuse in communities across Canada.

Could the Minister of Justice tell survivors of physical and sexual abuse how this commission's mandate will help them?

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member raises a very important question in relation to a very difficult and complex issue. Because of that fact, it is the kind of issue the Law Reform Commission of Canada can do well to review and report on. I would hope that everybody in this House would agree that institutional child physical and sexual abuse is a very, very important issue.

What I have asked the Law Reform Commission to report on is the processes by which we as the federal government, and perhaps other levels of government, can deal with this important issue.

I do however want to clarify—

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Athabasca.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Dave Chatters Athabasca, AB

Mr. Speaker, the empty rhetoric coming from the Indian affairs minister and the accusations she is throwing out are unacceptable.

For 130 years in this country, Conservative and Liberal governments have committed atrocity after atrocity on Indian peoples. This Prime Minister even produced a white paper on assimilation. Therefore, to throw that kind of talk out, I simply ask the minister when she will quit that kind of talking and simply act on the report that is in front of her.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind the hon. member that in our recent Speech from the Throne the government clearly identified the issues facing our aboriginal people.

We talked about the need to work together, to improve accountability and transparency in government. We talked about the need to build a fiscal relationship that is modern and reflective of government to government relationships. We identified the importance of helping to build a strong community.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

My colleagues, once again I am finding it a little difficult to follow the answers as well as the questions. I would ask you to please keep your voices down.