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

The Debt
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we have managed to control the deficit. Not only that, last week we reduced the EI premium by 20 cents. When we formed the government it was supposed to be at $3.30. Now it will be at $2.70.

We have managed to balance the books and reduce taxes. The member has only to wait a few months and there will be other good news, as usual, from this government.

Francophones Outside Quebec
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Mitis, QC

Mr. Speaker, since Statistics Canada released its figures on the state of francophonie in Canada, all observers and journalists are saying that francophone communities outside Quebec are experiencing serious difficulties.

My question is for the Prime Minister. Given Statistics Canada's figures, will the Prime Minister admit that francophonie outside Quebec is seriously threatened?

Francophones Outside Quebec
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, francophones outside Quebec are fed up to the teeth with the Bloc Quebecois' crocodile tears. These are the same people who talk about francophones disappearing and about second class French Canadians. This comes from the same member who asked me the question.

I am a francophone from outside Quebec and I am not a second class Canadian, nor are my children or my grandchildren. We will never be second class citizens in our country, whatever the Bloc Quebecois might wish.

Francophones Outside Quebec
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Mitis, QC

Mr. Speaker, the leader of the government in the House of Commons would do well to read Le Droit . The only way not to resolve a problem is not to admit that it exists.

How does he think he is helping francophones outside Quebec by closing his eyes to what is going on and spouting nonsense day after day as he is doing now?

Francophones Outside Quebec
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Quebecois recently published a document, in September I believe. According to Le Droit , there was not one word of concern in the Bloc Quebecois' document about francophones in the rest of the country.

They want to quote from Le Droit . That is what Le Droit says about the Bloc Quebecois' position on francophones outside Quebec.

Candu Reactors
Oral Question Period

December 4th, 1997 / 2:35 p.m.

Reform

Rick Casson Lethbridge, AB

Mr. Speaker, just yesterday the top story in the New York Times slammed Canadian officials for selling unsafe Candu reactors to countries with despicable human rights records. The reactor we sold to India was used to explode a nuclear device. The reactor we sold to Argentina is frequently shut down for leaks. The reactor we sold to South Korea leaks heavy water.

Given these embarrassing revelations front and centre in the New York Times , will the prime minister reconsider his shady deals to China and Turkey and say “no Candu”?

Candu Reactors
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, rather than repeating the erroneous assertions of people in the United States who may be on sales missions in an effort to discredit the Canadian competition, the member might like to know that the Candu technology is robust, sound and secure. That is a finding not only by the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada but also in fact by American consultants who examined Candu and found it to be just fine.

Candu Reactors
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Reform

Rick Casson Lethbridge, AB

Mr. Speaker, in the 1980s the prime minister was energy minister. Back then he tried to sell Candus to Turkey, but concerns about the use of nuclear weapons scrubbed that deal.

My question is to the prime minister again. What would his friends at the land mines conference say if they knew he was selling Candus to countries that want them to make bombs?

Candu Reactors
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, any country with which Canada does business must of course adhere to all the international rules pertaining to nuclear power and the use of uranium.

In addition to that, AECL is meticulous in doing its own prestudy of any situation to ensure that the facility can be constructed safely and it must of course be constructed not only to the standards that exist in the foreign country but to Canadian standards and international energy standards as well.

Sable Island Natural Gas
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Gérard Asselin Charlevoix, QC

Mr. Speaker, at their meeting on June 7, 1996, the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Quebec agreed to support the Gazoduc Trans-Québec et Maritimes project for the transportation of Sable Island natural gas.

We learn, however, that the National Energy Board recommends that the government give the go-ahead to a competing project, the purpose of which is to service the American market directly.

Is the minister aware that, at the rate things are going, the Gazoduc Trans-Québec et Maritimes project will not be able to be studied on its own merits by the appropriate authorities?

Sable Island Natural Gas
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, every application before the National Energy Board is examined according to the same standards to make sure that every one of those applications complies with all the applicable rules and regulations.

In fact, that is a request that is made not only by the energy industry in this country but by all the premiers of all the provinces, including explicitly and specifically Premier Bouchard of Quebec.

Sable Island Natural Gas
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Gérard Asselin Charlevoix, QC

Mr. Speaker, in order to have an informed judgment on the entire question, is the minister prepared to ask cabinet to stay the final decision for the time it takes to have a fair and equitable evaluation of the Gazoduc Trans-Québec et Maritimes project?

Sable Island Natural Gas
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, to be very specific let me quote Premier Bouchard of Quebec:

“It is preferable to leave it up to the market and the regulatory bodies to look after matters relating to natural gas transmission”.

That is what we are doing. If there are parties in the private sector who feel aggrieved by any technical aspect of the process, they are perfectly at liberty to appeal to the courts, which indeed some of them have done.

Helicopters
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, the helicopter saga continues.

Let us look at the government's record to date: four years of stalling, $500 million in cancellation contracts for penalties, helicopters grounded because they are too dangerous to fly, and now suspicion of a rigged tendering process, all the consequences of a cynical election ploy back in 1993.

When will this helicopter saga end and when will the minister hand the military what it needs to do the job?

Helicopters
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, first of all, all of the preamble is wrong. Second, what the government is attempting to do is make sure we get the best value for the taxpayers, that we get a helicopter that meets our operational needs.

This is no small expenditure but it is an important one. Search and rescue is an important function in this country, important in saving lives. We continue to provide that kind of service and the men and women who provide it do an excellent job.

We will soon be announcing a new helicopter purchase.