House of Commons Hansard #151 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was amendment.

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Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Allan Rock Etobicoke Centre, ON

The fact is that I have looked into the eyes of victims.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Jack Ramsay Crowfoot, AB

You've looked into their eyes and have done nothing.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Allan Rock Etobicoke Centre, ON

As Minister of Justice I have made it a point in my job to meet with victims whenever I have the opportunity, parents, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters-

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

The questions that we are having today are very important. I know that all hon. members want to hear the response of the minister. I invite him now to continue his response if he so wishes.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Allan Rock Etobicoke Centre, ON

I was saying that I have made it a point in my job to meet with victims and members of families who have lost others to violent crimes. I think it is an important part of my job to deal directly with them and to hear about their experiences so that I can learn from them.

It was almost directly as a result of that experience that the government caucus drafted and put before the House Bill C-55 which is now at report stage and deals specifically with the kind of high risk offender to which the hon. member refers. I hope we can count on his support and the support of other members of the Reform caucus as we finally get action to deal with the kind of threat the hon. member has identified.

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

April 8th, 1997 / 2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Paul Marchand Québec-Est, QC

Mr. Speaker, this morning the official languages commissioner tabled a new report.

This year, not only is he continuing to place the two language communities on an equal footing, which is ridiculous when you look at the conditions in which francophones outside Quebec live, but he is telling us there is no need to be alarmed about the rate of assimilation of francophones. He said that a francophone who does not speak French in the home is not necessarily anglicized.

My question is directed to the Acting Prime Minister. Can he tell us what he calls a francophone in British Columbia who speaks English at work, at home, in restaurants, in hospitals, and even when he plays bingo?

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Restigouche—Chaleur
New Brunswick

Liberal

Guy Arseneault Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, our linguistic duality is a fundamental part of the Canadian identity and there is no doubt about the government's commitment to the official languages.

Here in the House the government will continue to play a key role in promoting the right of minority communities throughout Canada to grow and develop.

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Paul Marchand Québec-Est, QC

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

Francophones in Ontario, as well as in Acadia, are being done out of hundreds of millions of dollars in job training. Because services are not available in their language, they must take courses in English.

How can the Minister of Human Resources Development, who said only recently that the federal government protects French in Canada, contribute in this way to the anglicization of francophones outside Quebec?

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, if people listened carefully, what I said recently was not that francophones in Canada protect Quebec.

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

We do not understand yet. Francophones do not understand anything.

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Papineau—Saint-Michel, QC

What I said was that Canadian francophonie as a whole was of great interest and could be very useful.

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

You are not answering the question.

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Témiscouata, QC

Really, you can do better than that.

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Papineau—Saint-Michel, QC

I would therefore like to say that the Department of Human Resources Development is continuing to do an excellent job in the field of training, that we are in the process of co-operating much more closely with the provinces. We are ensuring that francophone minorities in the provinces will continue to be able to take advantage of training services in the French language.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

John Maloney Erie, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue.

Over the last several months concerns have been expressed about an enforcement gap at our borders that allows drunk drivers, child abductors and other individuals suspected of criminal activities into Canada.

What is the government doing to apprehend suspected criminals and to prevent them from crossing our borders?