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 agency.

Topics

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Caroline St-Hilaire Longueuil, QC

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

Let us take a look at how women fare in his employment insurance system. This woman is a waitress in the Lower St. Lawrence region; she is pregnant and under preventive withdrawal from work. She worked enough hours to qualify for regular benefits, but not for maternity leave.

How can the minister defend a system that penalizes pregnant women? Is this not a shameful and scandalous situation that should be changed?

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, moving to an hour-based system benefits women in particular.

Until recently, women who worked part time were not even eligible for maternity leave, as 15 hours of work were required to qualify.

Centres Of Excellence
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Eugène Bellemare Carleton—Gloucester, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development.

Last week, an important announcement was made regarding the networks of centres of excellence. Could the secretary of state tell this House what economic spin-offs this investment will have?

Centres Of Excellence
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Saint Boniface
Manitoba

Liberal

Ronald J. Duhamel Secretary of State (Science

Mr. Speaker, there are now 14 centres of excellence across Canada. As a result of the announcement I made in Quebec City last week, three new centres were added, representing a $41 million investment: one for mathematics, another for arthritis and finally, one called a geoid, with its administrative centre in Laval.

These centres stand for state-of-the-art research. They stand for partnership, as universities work together with industry and the private sector, across the country. The centre of excellence for arthritis will address the needs of 8 million affected Canadians. This is good news.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

October 21st, 1998 / 2:45 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, I suggest you turn all their lights on so they do not miss their turn.

According to access to information, the government granted $22,000 in media expenses after the shooting of Connie and Ty Jacobs on the Tsuu T'ina reserve. I am wondering if this money could not have been put to better use, like counselling for families.

Could the minister explain what specifically was this $22,000 intended for?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, as I have said many times in the past, we are working together with both the province of Alberta and the AFN to get to the bottom of what happened on the Tsuu T'ina reserve. We look forward to working through this over the course of the fall at the request of the community.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, after more than six months of investigation into the shooting of Connie and Ty Jacobs on the Tsuu T'ina reserve it is finally coming to an end at noon today Alberta time.

And I thought the solicitor general was going to resign the next time he stood up.

Regardless of the outcome, the families have demanded from the very beginning that there be an independent investigation into the entire social and economic problems that this reserve faces and which led to this tragedy.

Will the minister find the money, $22,000 or whatever it takes, and recognize the family's concerns and—

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. solicitor general.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, we have been working on this for quite some time. We are simply waiting for the other legal actions to play themselves out. Consequently, when this happens we will be able to move on with a broader inquiry.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

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

Two months before the APEC summit, Robert Van Derloo, the executive director of the federal APEC office, wrote “PMO has expressed concerns about the security perimeter at UBC, not so much from a security point of view but to avoid embarrassment for APEC leaders”.

My question is for the Prime Minister, not his cover the solicitor general. Is this statement true?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, as I have said many times, there is a process in place. It is called the public complaints commission. It is what parliament established to get to the truth in matters like this. It is doing its job even as we speak and I look forward to finding out the results.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, I will try again with the Prime Minister.

On November 25 of last year, the same day as a TV cameraman and UBC students were pepper sprayed, the Prime Minister said “I do not think APEC will ever have human rights on its agenda”.

In view of the brutal arrests, beatings and water cannon attacks on demonstrators in Malaysia, does the Prime Minister believe that human rights should be on the agenda of the upcoming Malaysia APEC summit? Yes or no?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I said and I repeat that it will not be on the agenda.

I will have the occasion to speak with the prime minister of Malaysia. I will express the concerns that have been expressed here in the House of Commons by the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and myself. We think they should respect human rights, particularly in the case of the minister of finance for that country.

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Bill Casey Cumberland—Colchester, NS

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

Smoke in the cockpits of airplanes continues to be a problem. The FAA just produced a study in the U.S. called “Aging Transport Non-Structural Systems Plan”. It says that a more complete description of undesirable wiring system conditions is needed and that observations for chafing, broken clamps, sagging, interference, contamination, cracking and splitting need to be addressed.

I ask the Minister of Transport what actions have been taken to address these FAA concerns.

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, this is an issue that is concerning a lot of people in the wake of the Swissair accident.

The FAA last week made some comments and quoted some proposals about better quality of insulation in the interior of planes.

Transport Canada as a regulator in Canada is working with the FAA in developing new standards. That work is not yet completed. It would be premature to enact new standards or put new standards in place until we are absolutely satisfied that we have all of the information available.

We hope to be able to have some recognition of this work in the coming months.