House of Commons Hansard #126 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was harmonization.

Topics

Cultural Policy
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for Francophonie

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada has done much to assist the cultural sector in this country and we are very proud of our accomplishments in that regard.

Canadian artists, Canadian musicians, are good. The fact that the government has been able to contribute to their success is something of which we should all be proud. I wish the hon. member would join us in that pride.

Child Poverty
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

John Solomon Regina—Lumsden, SK

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister.

Child poverty is a major problem in this country because parents of poor children remain chronically unemployed. The NDP governments of British Columbia and Saskatchewan are addressing child poverty by investing in programs to help these children and their families. Meanwhile, the only investment the Liberal government

made was to pass Bill S-9 which gave millions of tax dollars to wealthy Canadians through generous tax breaks.

When is the government going to make a committed investment in the future of children living in poverty with a national child benefit instead of giving huge tax breaks to the very wealthy of this country?

Child Poverty
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, the government is very concerned with child poverty in the country. We have already done a great deal. Over $5 billion has been invested in the child tax credit and we have invested a lot of money in the working income supplement to help low income families.

The member certainly knows that over the last four months, with the provinces, we have negotiated and brought about a consensus and both the provinces and the Government of Canada have agreed to move toward an integrated national child benefit.

This is going to greatly help the situation of kids living in low income families. I hope very shortly the government will be able to announce the way it will proceed. However, it will be designed with the provinces over the next few months.

Interest Rates
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Liberal

John Maloney Erie, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Industry.

The credit card interest rate situation has not improved despite three parliamentary inquiries.

Mr. Minister, what has Industry Canada done to protect consumers against high credit card interest rates?

Interest Rates
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Before I let my colleague answer the question, I remind hon. members to please address the Chair.

Interest Rates
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, I would be happy if that question went to the Chair.

I am sure my colleague shares the concern that I have expressed about the fact that the rate of interest charged on consumer credit cards has tended to drift higher in relation to the Bank of Canada prime rate than it was historically. The concern the government has is that those rates should be tracking one another.

On the positive side of the ledger, may I point out to him that what we have undertaken to do in Industry Canada is ensure that consumers are well informed about the variety of choices available to them in credit cards and of the interest rates available. I point out to him that the availability of a low interest card has become much better known by Canadians in recent months. According to an Angus Reid survey, as recently as last April only 30 per cent of Canadians were aware of these cards. More recently that number is up to 57 per cent.

I am sure the member will agree with me that an informed consumer who is interested in ensuring that they get the best value for their money is the best way to make sure that a market system works.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I draw the attention of the House to the presence in the gallery of Mr. René van der Linden and Mr. Ismail Cem, Rapporteurs from the Council of Europe.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Order In Council Appointments
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, a number of order in council appointments which were made by the government.

Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 110(1), these are deemed referred to the appropriate standing committees, a list of which is attached.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 15 petitions.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Beauport—Montmorency—Orléans, QC

Mr. Speaker, as chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, I have the honour to present the fourth report of this committee. This report deals with the 1996 auditor general's report, chapter XI in particular, which addressed Revenue Canada's battle against income tax evasion. This report includes some very

important recommendations we hope the government will follow up on.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 52nd report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the membership of some committees. If the House gives consent, I intend to move concurrence in the 52nd report later this day.

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Beauport—Montmorency—Orléans, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-369, an act to amend the Criminal Code (gaming and betting).

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of the bill is to allow the operation of casinos on board international cruise ships. As you know, the configuration of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, its estuary in particular, is such that it requires cruise ships to shut down their casinos off Anticosti Island. They must remain closed for up to two days.

This bill has been awaited for a number of years. It is a bill on which not only all stakeholders involved in shipping in the Quebec City area are unanimous, but also those in the greater region as well. The bill has the support of the Corporation des pilotes du Bas-Saint-Laurent, SODES, the Secrétariat à la mise en valeur du Saint-Laurent, the Quebec Port Corporation, and many others.

In closing, I would like to point out that this is a bill which might be of interest not only to MPs from the greater Quebec City region, but also to all whose ridings lie along the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and even those along the Great Lakes, as far inland as Thunder Bay.

(Motion deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

February 10th, 1997 / 3:05 p.m.

Reform

Dave Chatters Athabasca, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-370, an act to amend the Income Tax Act (income deferral from forced destruction of livestock or natural disaster).

Mr. Speaker, I would like to introduce this private member's bill which has come about as a result of severe flooding in my riding last summer which forced the sell-off of substantial numbers of livestock. I discovered that although under conditions of drought producers are allowed to defer income from the forced sale of livestock, that does not extend to forced sale of livestock under any other conditions. This bill would extend that provision for deferment of income to other natural disasters and statutory destruction of livestock.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move that the 52nd report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented to the House earlier this day, be concurred in.

(Motion agreed to.)