House of Commons Hansard #139 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was board.

Topics

Women's History Month
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

The Speaker

It is not often that one of our members has a baby. Congratulations, Caroline.

Women's History Month
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Youth Centres
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Raymond Lavigne Verdun—Saint-Henri, QC

Mr. Speaker, on Monday, October 19, I attended the opening of a new workshop run by the Montreal youth centres, in my beautiful riding of Verdun—Saint-Henri, at Pointe-Saint-Charles to be precise. These youth centres have decided to work together to help young people who are not properly prepared for the labour market.

Indeed, young people between the ages of 18 and 24 living in low-income neighbourhoods have one of the highest unemployment rates on the island of Montreal. According to Statistics Canada, it was close to 21.2% in 1996. From March 1998 to March 1999, Human Resources Development will be funding the project to the tune of $147,156, or 58% of the project cost.

Our young people must be well prepared because, the youth unemployment rate being what it is, they are facing a major challenge—

Youth Centres
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Shefford.

Child Poverty
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Diane St-Jacques Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, November 24, 1989 saw this House unite in a rare gesture of solidarity around a matter of national urgency and unanimously pass a resolution expressing its common desire to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000.

Despite this clear and, I repeat, unanimous resolution, Canada now has 500,000 more poor children than it did in 1989. In fact, the child poverty rate has increased from 14.5% to 21%, meaning that one child in five now lives in a poor family.

I find these statistics alarming and once again urge the Minister of Finance to give priority to children in the next federal budget by indexing the national child benefit, among other things.

Accueil Bonneau
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Jennings Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, QC

Mr. Speaker, there are some occasions where agreement among all political parties is readily forthcoming, one example being the rebuilding of Accueil Bonneau.

Every year, the extraordinary team of volunteers at Accueil Bonneau serves 250,000 meals and snacks. Accueil Bonneau is a wonderful example of people working together in the fight against poverty right here in our community.

The solidarity and almost superhuman effort of those who rolled up their sleeves last June and have now rebuilt this welcoming shelter deserves our admiration.

Bravo to the many volunteers and to all politicians in Montreal. We thank them, and mention in passing that our government was also involved in this profoundly humane gesture of solidarity.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

October 21st, 1998 / 2:15 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, 60% of Canadians think that the APEC clamp down is a matter worth investigating because it deals with the issue of human rights and a potential cover up in the Prime Minister's Office. However he responds with jokes and attacks on students, the media, the opposition and anyone else who even dares question him.

Since he refuses to voluntarily appear before the inquiry, how will Canadians ever know the extent of the Prime Minister's involvement in the APEC deal?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, there is an inquiry going on under the laws of parliament. It is in process at this moment. We want the commission to do its work. It has started to hear witnesses. It has asked to have documents from my office and everything that was available.

Everything has been made available, and my chief of staff and other persons are available to the commission. Let the commission do its work. It is the way that we will get at the truth for the benefit of all Canadians.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, it is fine to talk about the conduct of the RCMP and what is going on at the investigation, but the Prime Minister's involvement is what Canadians want to know about.

The Prime Minister is not going to be able to just “little guy” his way out of this. Canadians want to know about his conduct and his involvement.

Will the Prime Minister stand and talk about his conduct in the affair? How is the big guy going to talk his way out of this one?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, it is very simple; we are not afraid of the truth at all. On the contrary, we want Canadians to know exactly what happened there. That is why we want the commission to do its work.

I know when opposition members see the commission making progress they are afraid to know the truth. We are not afraid of the truth at all because we know that if the police have done something wrong we will be informed.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Reform

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, if the Prime Minister is not afraid of the truth, he should get himself on an airplane and get out to that inquiry and tell it exactly what the story was. That is the problem.

It seems to me that the government and the solicitor general have already determined what the truth is. We want to know about the Prime Minister's actions, not the RCMP. We know they are being investigated.

I ask the Prime Minister right here, right now, what was the level of his own involvement in this, or is the Shawinigan schemer just going to say “It is none of your business?”

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

The Speaker

It is Wednesday and we know it. I urge all members to try to keep their words a little more reserved.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I was there as Prime Minister of Canada hosting the heads of government of all members of APEC. It was one of the most important international meetings held in Canada.

I was the host of all heads of government, including the President of the United States, the President of China and the Prime Minister of Japan. I wanted to make sure they had a good meeting, that they would have a peaceful discussion—

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.