House of Commons Hansard #138 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was cpp.

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Health Care
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I am going to permit that question if the right hon. Prime Minister wants to answer it.

Health Care
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I said yes. I admitted that we have cut, but I said that we have not cut by 40 per cent. Of course we have cut.

The Reform Party is telling us that we are not cutting enough. As the Minister of Finance said a few minutes ago, the Reform Party would cut $3.5 billion if it ever formed the government. But I can assure the people of Canada: don't worry, it will not form the government.

Prescription Drugs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

John Solomon Regina—Lumsden, SK

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister for International Trade.

The Minister of Health said yesterday that the 20 year drug patent protection under Bill C-91 cannot be changed because of Canada's international trade obligations. Afterward, international law exports said that Canada can change Bill C-91 to allow for cheaper prescription drugs for Canadians under the NAFTA article "ordre public, section 1709(2) and article 27(2) of the WTO code.

Can the minister tell us if there are any public interest exceptions permitted under these or any articles of the NAFTA and the WTO as they pertain to drug patents or any other intellectual property?

Prescription Drugs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, our reading of section 1709(2) of the NAFTA and the WTO intellectual property clauses is that there are very limited provisions in terms of changing our present laws in any respect. It covers very urgent types of circumstances and does not allow for us to return to the pre-1993 compulsory licensing provisions.

Vehicle Emissions
Oral Question Period

March 5th, 1997 / 3 p.m.

Liberal

Alex Shepherd Durham, ON

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

Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution. Canadians do not want to put their lives into danger every time they leave the house. What has been done to ensure that in future Canadians will breathe more safely, and has the minister been able to secure the co-operation of the provinces in this effort?

Vehicle Emissions
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

York West
Ontario

Liberal

Sergio Marchi Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, let me thank my hon. friend and colleague for raising that question.

The number one culprit, when we speak of air pollution in our cities, is caused by car emissions. That is why the government has announced, starting with next year's car models, that the standard emissions in Canada will be the tightest anywhere in the world.

Along with the new generation of car emission standards, we need to usher in a new generation of cleaner fuels. That is why the government has moved boldly on MMT, on benzene and on sulphur.

When the cars hit the road, that is provincial jurisdiction. Older cars pollute 10 times more than new cars. That is why the province of Ontario, for instance, should stop paying lip service to this issue and begin to walk the talk by putting an inspection and maintenance program for cars in place so that all of us can breathe a sigh of relief.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I wish to draw to the attention of the House the presence in the gallery of His Excellency Hennadii Udovenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Presence In The Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

First I am going to deal with a point of order of which I have received notice. It arises from question period. Then I will go on to a response to the question of privilege that was raised yesterday.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Témiscouata, QC

Mr. Speaker, during oral question period, when the leader of the opposition used the word demagoguery, you rose and said you did not want him to use that term again. I would like you to take a look at the blues, because at the end of his speech the health minister probably got carried away by calling me a hypocrite.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I will look at the blues, as we call them. I will check to see what was said and I will get back to the House if necessary.

I have another point of order. Does this come from question period today?

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Bob Mills Red Deer, AB

Mr. Speaker, I referred to a document during my question. I would like to table that document now.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

This request can be granted if the House agrees unanimously. Does the hon. member have permission to put the motion?

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Point Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Does the hon. member have permission to table the document to which he referred?