House of Commons Hansard #44 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was cpp.

Topics

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, as I have explained to the hon. member before, this is a highway which was built, designed and operated under the auspices of and for the province of Nova Scotia. The federal government contributed $27 million toward that highway construction and that was the extent of its involvement. We feel that there have been no other problems associated with the highway from our point of view.

If he has a problem, he should address it to the government of Nova Scotia.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Dan McTeague Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Natural Resources.

The government keeps telling industries and individuals to do something about the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

I would like to know if the government is prepared to put its money where its mouth is and specifically tell Canadians here and now what we are prepared to do as far as reducing those dangerous, noxious gases?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

An hon. member

Whose money?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

An hon. member

It is the taxpayers' money.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to tell the House that the Government of Canada is fully on track, not only to meet but likely to beat its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its own government operations. That commitment was to get to 20% below 1990 levels by the year 2005.

Based on our progress to date, total greenhouse gas emissions from federal facilities will be down 18% by the year 2000 and 27% by 2005.

Duty Free Shops
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

John Williams St. Albert, AB

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the auditor general confirmed that the duty free shop that by-passed the tender process is located in Windsor, Ontario.

Will the Minister of National Revenue please tell the House why there was no national tender call and why the licence was given to a front for a foreign national, all contrary to Treasury Board guidelines.

Duty Free Shops
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

An hon. member

What is happening here?

Duty Free Shops
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question. I want to inform him that the decision made in 1995 was based on the fact that there were unique circumstances with regard to this. I want to emphasize to the member that Revenue Canada fully complied with the law and with all the regulations that exist. This decision was very much supported by the community.

Transportation Of Toxic Materials
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Beauport—Montmorency—Orléans, QC

Mr. Speaker, we have learned that Transport Canada has just limited the products that may be transported on type 111-A wagons because they are not safe.

Yet 35,000 such wagons are still in use in North America and it will be recalled that there was a spill of 80,000 litres of sulphuric acid because of a derailment involving this kind of wagon on November 24.

My question is for the Minister of Transport. In the interest of public safety, will the minister undertake to order an immediate moratorium on the transportation of toxic materials in 111-A wagons?

Transportation Of Toxic Materials
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I am aware that these types of wagons were involved in the accident that happened the other week in terms of the chemical sulphuric acid coming out of the air. We have been assured that by and large, overall most of these wagons are in good shape, although some of them have to be inspected.

I will take the hon. member's suggestion under advisement and get back to him at an early opportunity.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

December 4th, 1997 / 2:55 p.m.

NDP

Dick Proctor Palliser, SK

Mr. Speaker, the government has been dithering for months and even years on the helicopter question and endangering people's lives in the process.

The latest example was at Hibernia last Sunday when 107 folks had to be evacuated off the rig. They could not use the search and rescue planes out of Halifax. They used leased helicopters.

My question is for the Minister of National Defence. When is the minister and the government going to make an announcement about replacement helicopters? Can he assure us that the process he is using will be both fair and transparent?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, of course it will be fair and transparent. It is a decision that is going to be made soon. It is one though that is far better than the decision that might have been made by another government a few years ago which would have cost the government far more money than what a helicopter purchase will cost us today.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

That would bring to a close our question period today. I am going to go immediately to the question for Thursday.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Reform

Randy White Langley—Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the government House leader to inform the House of the nation's business for the next week.

Mr. Speaker, there has been a leaked document from Santa's office apparently. This document that we have our hands on seems to indicate that next Friday, December 12 this House will not be sitting. I would like the government House leader to tell us whether this information is in fact true or a rumour.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I cannot speak about Santa Claus because that would be out of order.

I can inform the House that tomorrow we will deal with the third reading of Bill C-9, the marine legislation.

On Monday the House will debate the motion with reference to the terms of union with Newfoundland. I understand that there is a will in the House to sit late if necessary to debate this motion with any division bell being deferred until Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday we hope to deal with Bill C-17, the Teleglobe bill and Bill C-5, the co-operatives bill if the House is willing to do so.

On Wednesday and Thursday the House will debate the second report of the finance committee which constitutes the annual prebudget debate.

Next Friday remains to be scheduled.