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

Nuclear Reactors
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, as I have already said, if and when AECL is successful in its bid and if and when it is successful in negotiating a contract subsequent to that bid, it will of course comply with all applicable Canadian standards and all applicable Turkish laws. Environmental specifications were a part of the bidding process imposed by Turkey.

In addition to that, AECL, as a matter of policy, has an environmental examination process that is built into every one of its projects.

The Senate
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Bill Gilmour Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, Albertans mourn the untimely death of Senator Walter Twinn. I know that members from both sides of the House conveyed their condolences at his funeral. Since then both Ralph Klein and Alberta Liberal leader Grant Mitchell have called on the Prime Minister to let Albertans elect their next senator.

May I remind the Prime Minister that he said in 1990 “I pledge to work for a Senate that is elected”. Will the Prime Minister keep his word and allow Albertans to elect their next senator?

The Senate
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we were for an elected Senate. It was a proposition in the Charlottetown accord that the Reform Party campaigned against.

Reformers want to have it both ways. They did not want to make any compromises and they voted down an elected Senate. I will name the next senator the same way as the father of the Leader of the Opposition was named.

The Senate
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Bill Gilmour Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, this does not require constitutional change. May I remind the Prime Minister that in Alberta the precedent has already been set. The late Stan Waters was elected as senator to the Senate in 1989. Now we have members of all sides of the Alberta legislature, including provincial Liberals, asking for an elected senator.

I ask again. Will the Prime Minister let Albertans elect their next senator?

The Senate
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister of the land is obliged to respect the Constitution for Alberta and the provinces of Canada.

Search And Rescue Helicopters
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Public Works and Government Services.

The government will soon announce its decision regarding the purchase of 15 search and rescue helicopters, without having even debated the issue in Parliament.

Will the government do what it usually does when a difficult decision must be made and announce its choice of helicopters on Friday afternoon or next week, when Parliament will not be sitting?

Search And Rescue Helicopters
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the process for the purchase of 15 helicopters has been unfolding for a long time. We had four bidders whose names made the news.

We are currently studying the bids and once this review is completed, I will make recommendations to cabinet and a decision will be announced.

Youth Employment
Oral Question Period

November 5th, 1997 / 2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Sophia Leung Vancouver Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for Western Economic Diversification.

Canadians know the importance of job creation for young Canadians and its impact on the future of the nation. Young people from Vancouver Kingsway want to know how western economic diversification has addressed the creation of jobs for youth in western Canada.

Youth Employment
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Saint Boniface
Manitoba

Liberal

Ronald J. Duhamel Secretary of State (Science

Mr. Speaker, western diversification has made great progress specifically targeted to young people.

The first area is in science and technology where it has created almost 100 jobs. It hires young people to help small business—

Youth Employment
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

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Youth Employment
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Ronald J. Duhamel Saint Boniface, MB

Mr. Speaker, they are not interested in jobs.

It hires young people to help small business in science and technology.

Second is the international trade personnel program which has enhanced exports and has created approximately 400 jobs.

Third is the western youth entrepreneurial program that encourages young people to get involved and start out in small business. It has created almost 500 jobs.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, Spanish overfishing off the east coast prompted this government to respond with guns and Captain Canada. Meanwhile on the west coast, Americans continue to overfish and continue to violate the Pacific salmon treaty and this government does nothing.

My question is for the Prime Minister. Why the double standard for British Columbians?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member comes from Vancouver Island, British Columbia and he should know better than to ask such a foolish question.

The fact is that the salmon resources on the west coast are shared between Canada and the United States. To have a decision which will be lasting and in the best interests of fishermen of both countries and at the same time to protect conservation, it is essential to have a joint agreement with the Americans. There is no other way of handling this matter except through an agreement which both sides feel is in their interests.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am from British Columbia, just like the minister of fisheries. I am representing the people of British Columbia and they are insulted to be called foolish.

The people of British Columbia have heard talk for five years from this government and they are sick and tired of it. They want action. When is this minister going to get up off his seat and do something for the people of British Columbia?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, at the end of the day what counts is not the rhetoric in the House. What counts is an agreement with the Americans. We must have a lasting agreement that we have not had because of the flaws in the Mulroney treaty which was negotiated in 1985.

We are attempting to overturn that through the Strangway-Ruckelshaus process. The hon. member is well aware of that process. Instead of coming here and putting forth the comments he has, he should be supporting the process so we can get to an agreement which will solve the problem we face on the west coast.