House of Commons Hansard #141 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was reform.

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Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Jack Ramsay Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, I do not know whether or not I can do that. Therefore I will withdraw my question.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Diane Ablonczy Calgary North, AB

Mr. Speaker, 15 and a half years ago Clifford Olson was convicted in the most horrible crime imaginable-

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

Because I do not know where the preamble is leading, may I ask the hon. member to please put her question and I will decide whether it is in order.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Diane Ablonczy Calgary North, AB

Mr. Speaker, does the justice minister believe it is fair and just to innocent victims, parents, relatives and friends for murderers to be allowed to plead for early release after serving only 15 years of their sentence?

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

Go ahead.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Prince Albert—Churchill River
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Gordon Kirkby Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for the question.

As the hon. member will be aware, the Minister of Justice has brought forward significant changes to section 745 of the Criminal Code.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

Order. I find myself in a quandary. I found the question to be acceptable but now I get into the response and it deals precisely with what we are dealing with today.

If I cannot accept a question for that reason then I surely cannot accept an answer. I am really in a dilemma. Those questions would be quite in order on virtually any other day.

I will pass and go to the member for Rimouski-Témiscouata.

Ubi Soft Entertainment
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Témiscouata, QC

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

On February 14, the Quebec finance minister wrote the Minister of Human Resources Development, seeking financial support from the federal government for UBI SOFT, a multimedia product project. Although time is of the essence in this matter, the minister still has not written back.

Could the Minister of Human Resources Development tell us whether or not his government plans to financially support UBI SOFT, an innovative project that could generate more than 550 high technology jobs in the Montreal area?

Ubi Soft Entertainment
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member may or may not be aware of the fact that there have been discussions between FORD-Q, Human Resources Development Canada and Quebec government officials regarding UBI SOFT.

Before getting involved in this project, we must determine whether it is worthwhile and whether the jobs that will be created are long term jobs and justify the request submitted to both governments. I think that even the Government of Quebec would want to know that much.

Ubi Soft Entertainment
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Témiscouata, QC

Mr. Speaker, I thank the minister for his answer, but while the letter from the Quebec minister was sent to the Minister of Human Resources Development and our question was directed to the Minister of Human Resources Development, we have the Minister of Industry answering.

Given how important this matter is, the number of jobs at stake in Quebec, and the fact that UBI SOFT is growing impatient and thinking of setting up operations in China if Canada does not show interest, could the minister give us the assurance that there is someone, somewhere, in his government who will at least indicate

what Ottawa's intentions are in this respect, so that the Quebec government can get UBI SOFT to wait a little longer?

Ubi Soft Entertainment
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, again, I would like to remind all members that we, on this side of the House, are a government team. When a project deals with industrial matters, it is only natural that the Minister of Industry offer his views.

Since one aspect of this matter is of interest to the Department of Human Resources Development, and considering that I indeed received a letter from the Government of Quebec, we did act with due diligence.

Ubi Soft Entertainment
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Answer.

Ubi Soft Entertainment
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Papineau—Saint-Michel, QC

Of course, we will answer. We already met with Quebec government officials and local stakeholders last week and we have agreed to work together with the Quebec government and the Federal Office of Regional Development in this matter. The three parties involved met last week.

We want to assess this very important issue together, but it raises all sorts of questions, precisely because it is so important.

International Co-Operation
Oral Question Period

March 10th, 1997 / 2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Dianne Brushett Cumberland—Colchester, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister for International Co-operation.

Daily we see the plight of women throughout the world who are living in poverty with their children, in abject poverty and in horrible conditions.

Saturday marked International Women's Day. What is our government doing to improve the standard of living of women and their children to ensure a brighter future?

International Co-Operation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for Francophonie

Mr. Speaker, Canada is one of the world leaders on issues related to women in developing countries. We support projects throughout the world to assist women.

From Sri Lanka to Namibia to Bolivia we have established mother and child health institutions. In Africa, the Canadian International Development Agency has a number of projects. In Nicaragua more than 5,000 women were able to become land owners thanks to a program supported by our government.

Canadians can be proud of the work we do in international development, particularly the work we do to assist women in other parts of the world.