House of Commons Hansard #144 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was nunavut.

Topics

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I think we are showing political will, which is not cutting. We have one of the strongest safety net systems in the world. We are reviewing that at the present time in co-operation with all the players in the industry. We will continue to do that in order to continue strengthening our agri-food industry which I will agree is in a serious situation.

I look forward to the member's constructive offers of help in addressing this on behalf of Canadian farmers.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Sarkis Assadourian Brampton Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Aleksander Nikitin, a nuclear engineer and former captain in the Russian navy, is now facing execution. His crime is using information to focus full attention on deplorable environmental hazards posed by the aging fleet of Russian nuclear submarines.

What steps has the Government of Canada taken to work toward the exoneration of this Russian environmentalist?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, we certainly share the member's concern. In the past the Prime Minister has raised the matter directly with his counterpart. I have asked our embassy officials to be in attendance at the trial because there is a clear question of due process and an application of laws. In about two weeks I intend to be meeting with the foreign minister of Russia and I will attempt to take it up directly with him at that time.

Kosovo
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Bob Mills Red Deer, AB

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are concerned about the humanitarian crisis occurring in Kosovo. Canadians are also concerned about the possibility of hostages being taken, particularly when they are being sent unarmed. We all remember what happened in Bosnia. We had a total of 55 Canadians taken hostage. Will any of us forget Patrick Riechner chained to a post as a human shield? Canadians do not want that repeated.

Why is the minister sending unarmed Canadians into this war zone?

Kosovo
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member well knows, last week at the OSCE we had discussions with Ambassador Walker who is heading up the verification team. There are several things in place.

First, the UN security council has passed a resolution that authorizes emergency protection for the verification team. Second, NATO has maintained its activation orders so it is on standby to respond. Third, there has been an agreement worked out with the Milosevic government. Fourth, we are in a position where we are seeing the adherence to the guidelines that set by NATO.

Under these circumstances we think it is important for Canada to contribute to—

Kosovo
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Trois-Rivieres.

Ice Breaking In Ports
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Rocheleau Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The problem of ice breaking in eastern ports is not one of costs and percentages, but of sharing the cost among regions. That is the real problem.

Does the minister think it reasonable for 80% of ice breaking costs to be imposed on users of Quebec ports that use only 50% of these services in all of eastern Canada?

Ice Breaking In Ports
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, the rate scale, the scale was established by a committee of 10 people. Seven were from the Laurentians region, that is, Ontario and Quebec.

If the member really thinks this is not fair to ships using the ports in the maritime region, it is surprising that the committee members from this region set up such a scale.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Louise Hardy Yukon, YT

Mr. Speaker, in January the minister of aboriginal affairs released the Gathering Strength document but it does not deal with food security in the north.

In September a Manitoba report made recommendations to deal with the outrageous costs of food in first nation communities.

Third world status, poverty and hunger should not be a way of life for aboriginal families and aboriginal children. I am sure the minister wants to move heaven and earth to feed these families. How is she going to make sure they eat well this winter?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member points out, it is a challenge to ensure that peoples in the north have access to good quality food.

The cost of transportation of perishable goods to the north is extraordinary. That is why it is important for us as a government and for territorial governments to work together to ensure that fresh vegetables and perishable goods are made available to communities in the north.

Health
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Charlotte, NB

Mr. Speaker, between 25 to 30 Canadians die each year because of CJD, otherwise known as mad cow disease.

Three years ago the Canadian Red Cross ordered the single largest recall of blood products in the history of the country because of CJD contamination.

Will the minister now do what the British have done and what Bayer Inc. has done and ban the use of British plasma? The clock is ticking. The minister has a chance to do something. Will he act now?

Health
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, as I told the member last week, or perhaps the week before, we have received the Bayer report. We are looking at it.

We have in place not only the scientists at Health Canada but also the Blood Safety Council which is there to advise us as an independent body. We will take advice and we will do the right thing.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

October 28th, 1998 / 3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 12 petitions.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Shaughnessy Cohen Windsor—St. Clair, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 14th report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights entitled “Victims Rights—A Voice, not a Veto”.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) your committee proceeded to consider the role of victims in the criminal justice system. The committee and its predecessor committee held hearings and a two day national forum at which appeared witnesses and participants who were broadly representative of those affected by, interested in and involved with the criminal justice system.

On behalf of all my colleagues on the committee I want to thank the minister and her staff as well as the justice department. What is more important is that we want to thank committee staff, including three clerks over two parliaments, Richard Dupuis, Luc Fortin and Roger Préfontaine.

Most important, we want to thank the outstanding work of our senior policy analyst, Philip Rosen and research associate, Marilyn Pilon. We are indebted to them for their diligence, for their professionalism and for their commitment to excellence.

There is unprecedented public and private agreement among members of this committee and among all parties in this report. Memories of this kind of co-operation will serve us well as we weather future storms, and there always are storms on our committee. I am very proud to table this report.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Pat O'Brien London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to table, in both official languages, the report of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs dealing with the quality of life of our personnel in the Canadian forces.

This report is entitled “Moving Forward: A Strategic Plan for Quality of Life Improvements in the Canadian Forces”.

I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to all the members of our committee for their hard work and co-operation throughout this long and intensive study.

To the committee clerk, researchers and various staff who contributed directly or indirectly to this report, may I as chair on behalf of the whole committee and all my colleagues express our sincere thanks.

Our committee looks forward eagerly to the earliest possible implementation of our recommendations so that we can indeed improve the quality of life of our Canadian forces personnel and their families.