House of Commons Hansard #125 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was inquiry.

Topics

Cultural Policy
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay East, BC

Now we are getting some place.

Employment
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Vic Althouse Mackenzie, SK

Mr. Speaker, the labour force statistics that have been recently issued show that the employment participation rate for all Canadians hovers between 63 per cent and 64 per cent, and yet we have watched as the participation rate for young Canadians has dropped from 62.7 per cent in 1989 to 48.8 per cent in 1996.

Why has the government chosen over the past three and a half years to ignore the needs of young Canadians for work?

Employment
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Papineau—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, it is quite the opposite. The problems of young Canadians who are looking for work are something about which we are extremely concerned and want to do our very best.

The government allocated in the 1996 budget $315 million in supplements to all programs that we have to address their particular needs. I hope to be in a position to shortly announce programs that have been designed, in partnership with the private sector, that address the needs of young Canadians who are looking for work. If they need experience, we as a society can give it to them. We need their exuberance and their education.

Zaire
Oral Question Period

February 7th, 1997 / 11:55 a.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

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

As more than 400,000 refugees remain caught in the middle in eastern Zaire, the crisis between government forces and rebels keeps intensifying every day. Humanitarian agencies are evacuating high risk areas, while refugees flee their camps without any assistance or food. The situation is catastrophic, as we could see on television yesterday.

Since the government wanted to take a leadership role when the crisis first started in November, could the Deputy Prime Minister tell us today if her government will be as diligent now that the crisis in Zaire is threatening the safety, and even the lives, of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are still in Zaire?

Zaire
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Northumberland
Ontario

Liberal

Christine Stewart Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa)

Mr. Speaker, the government has a continuing and deep concern about the crisis in Rwanda. It was our hope that with the new government and the return of the refugees. the situation would improve. However, in the last few days we have been alarmed at the massacre of relief workers. It is of great concern to Canada.

We had been prepared to send a further 10 Canadian human rights' monitors to the situation. We have had to suspend sending these very capable Canadians to the situation given the crisis.

I have just come to the House this morning from a consultation with about 200 non-government organizations, academics and government officials to discuss peace building in situations such as that found in Rwanda and the Great Lakes area.

The week after next there will be a debate in the United Nations, in which Canada will participate fully, to discuss the ongoing crisis in Rwanda. We are very concerned. We called in the Rwandan ambassador yesterday. We are doing so again today to discuss this ongoing issue. We will be happy to keep the House abreast of what we are doing.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Deputy Speaker

I wish to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of the hon. Speaker of the legislature of the province of Ontario, the hon. Chris Stockwell.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

Noon

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Reform

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, as you know, the Reform Party is holding a youth conference this weekend. We would like to recognize many of the youth who are here today.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Taxation
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Doug Peters Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, further to a request made in an exchange between the Minister of Finance and his colleague the hon. member for Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot on Wednesday, February 5, I am pleased to table a list of tax fairness measures introduced by this government over the last three years.

Export Development Act
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Liberal

Charles Caccia Davenport, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-368, an act to amend the Export Development Act.

Mr. Speaker, this bill flows directly from a chapter in the red book which is dedicated to sustainable development. It is intended to encourage the Export Development Corporation, ministers of the crown, and the governor in council to exercise powers under the Export Development Act and when they do so to promote sustainable development in the exercise of their respective powers.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Bloc

Gaston Leroux Richmond—Wolfe, QC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I wish to table a petition on behalf of residents of my riding of Richmond-Wolfe, Sherbrooke and Mégantic-Compton-Stanstead asking for a better highway system.

The petitioners call the House's attention to the fact that the national highway policy study identified job creation, economic development and, more importantly, saving lives, preventing injury and much lower congestion as benefits of the proposed national highway program.

I wish to table this petition on behalf of all petitioners.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Gar Knutson Elgin—Norfolk, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions.

The first one is signed by 75 constituents of my riding. They are asking Parliament to support a binding national referendum to be held at the time of the next election to ask Canadians whether or not they are in favour of federal government funding for abortions on demand.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Gar Knutson Elgin—Norfolk, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is signed by 25 people from my riding. The petitioners are requesting Parliament to not increase the federal excise tax on gasoline in the next federal budget.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Gar Knutson Elgin—Norfolk, ON

Mr. Speaker, the third petition is signed by approximately 60 people from my riding. The petitioners are calling upon Parliament to urge the federal government to join with provincial governments to make the national highway system upgrading possible.