House of Commons Hansard #28 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was children.

Topics

Rights Of Children
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, the Oslo conference on child labour reflects a growing concern about the urgent need to end the economic exploitation of children.

Speaker after speaker at this conference identified the liberalization of trade agreements as a key cause of the escalation of this worldwide problem. Statistics show there are 250 million child labourers in the world. Many work in conditions that jeopardize their health, their safety and their social and moral development.

Our party believes that governments and consumers in developed nations can and should use their influence to put pressure on those who exploit child labour. We believe the Canadian government should pass legislation similar to the Harken bill in the United States which would ban the importation of goods made by child labour.

Canada should join the other nations of the world in signing ILO convention No. 138 which limits the minimum age of workers entering the workforce. Canada should not enter into any international trade agreements that do not clearly outline acceptable labour standards.

Smelting Industry
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

André Bachand Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, earlier in the week, Magnola, a smelting company and a subsidiary of Noranda, announced the construction of a $720 million magnesium smelter in Asbestos. This project will create 1,000 jobs during the construction phase and 350 once the smelter is in operation.

As a result of this announcement, Quebec and Canada will become the second largest magnesium producer in the world.

Having held the office of mayor of Asbestos until June 2, I hasten to congratulate the people at Magnola, as well as all the players in the social and economic development of Asbestos.

This very good news does credit to the people of my hometown of Asbestos, my riding, my province, Quebec, and the country as a whole.

Reform Party
Statements By Members

November 5th, 1997 / 2:15 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Bonwick Simcoe—Grey, ON

Mr. Speaker, over the past several weeks I have listened to my Reform colleagues make accusations about financial contributors to my party. I listened to them challenge the credibility of the prime minister, who happens to be the most respected politician in Canada. I have also listened to my Reform colleagues tell the government that it needs to take advice from western mining consortiums.

Reform members tell us to listen to western mining companies when setting targets for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. They tell us to listen to these mining companies regarding the transition of authority of the Mackenzie River Valley.

Fund-raising, mining. Fund-raising, mining.

I wonder if Canadians realize that many thousands of dollars donated to the Leader of the Opposition came directly from these same mining companies. Talk about representing a special interest group.

Reformers should be ashamed. There is no end to their hypocrisy.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, for weeks now the Liberals have refused to reveal what their position is on greenhouse gas emissions. The countdown to Kyoto is just 26 days now and yet the Liberals have resorted to empty rhetoric, saying and pretending they are the only Canadians who really care about mother earth. Yeah, right.

I would like to ask the prime minister this question. Why did the government ignore its own environmental laws and sell reactors to China and Turkey without the proper environmental assessments?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the affirmation of the hon. lady is not true. We have followed Canadian regulations. The law permitted us to do what we did.

We believe that exporting Candu reactors is very important for the Canadian economy. It is extremely important for countries which will use the electricity generated by nuclear power to replace coal, which is causing a lot of climate problems.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, this government bypassed the entire process. The only environmental assessment that the Liberals are doing for these nuclear plants is some meaningless shadow assessment. The deal has already been approved for these reactor plants. It does not matter what the government does.

No nuclear reactor would ever be allowed in Canada with this meaningless, shallow shadow assessment. What a double standard.

Why does the prime minister pretend to be Mr. Green Thumb at home here in Canada and yet around the world he is known as Mr. Uranium?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, again the Reform Party is up in the House of Commons. When this bill was before the House of Commons Reform members voted against it. They did not want to have anything at all. This bill called for assessments to be done according to the laws of Canada and they voted against it.

Now they dare to get up in the House. They are not serious, they are just laughable.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, I am dead serious about quoting from the second Liberal red book: “Domestic action alone is not enough to protect Canada's environment. Ensuring a healthy environment for Canadians is a major foreign policy goal”. There is no such thing with nuclear reactor plants in China and Turkey.

I want to ask the prime minister once again, can he stand in his place here today and say that he is proud of being known as Mr. Recycle in Canada when he is actually known as Mr. Radioactive in China and Turkey?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I am happy to know that they are against nuclear energy. I am happy to know that members of the Reform Party do not appreciate the fact that we have developed in Canada the safest system in the world for nuclear energy with the Candu reactor.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Reform

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the prime minister stood in the House and made the ridiculous claim that he gives a damn about the environment.

Let us take a look at his damn, China's Three Gorges Dam.

While in opposition the current environment minister condemned Canada's involvement in the project, calling it “the world's largest disaster”, but his own government is financing at least $153 million in loans for the Three Gorges Dam.

Can the prime minister explain his own government's damn hypocrisy?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, with respect to AECL and its business around the world, as a matter of policy the Atomic Energy Corporation of Canada Ltd. conducts an environmental analysis of all its projects.

In relation to the bid process, which is still under way in Turkey, one of the bid specifications was the complete satisfaction of all relevant environmental regulations and assessments.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, nice answer, but it is completely irrelevant. I was asking about Three Gorges Dam.

The government wants to punish the Canadian taxpayer with the Kyoto deal when it turns out it does not give a damn about the environment.

Why will the prime minister not admit the closest he has ever come to a green policy is on the golf course?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, again they do not have a position.

We want to do what is important for Canada. We want to make a serious contribution to solving this problem. It is a problem which affects all the nations of the world. The only thing the Reform Party is proposing is to do nothing.

We will not listen to the Reform Party. We will do what is right.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

The Speaker

Colleagues, I wonder if I might ask you to please back away from using the word damn.

Drinking Water
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Health claimed that he had “the support of all the provinces to introduce” Bill C-14 on drinking water. The Government of Quebec, however, has never given its support for this bill.

Will the minister admit that he has never had the agreement of any minister of the Government of Quebec to go ahead with Bill C-14 on drinking water?