House of Commons Hansard #136 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was extradition.

Topics

Transport
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Elk Island.

The Senate
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Reform

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, today I would like to add a powerful influential voice to the argument in favour of an elected Senate.

Here is a quote: “The Liberal government in two years will make the Senate elected. As Prime Minister I can make that happen. ” That was the person who is now the Prime Minister making a speech in Alberta in October 1990.

Here is another quotation from this influential voice: “To meet the hopes and dreams of those who live in the west and the Atlantic, a reformed Senate is essential. It must be a Senate that is elected, effective and equitable”. I am quoting the Prime Minister of the country who said those words right here in the House of Commons on September 24, 1991.

Why does the Prime Minister now argue against an elected Senate? If his words in the past meant anything, he should now be working hard to achieve these reforms. He is powerful and influential. Albertans are getting sick and tired of his continual excuse making. Let him get on with the job and do it.

The Homeless
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Liberal

Charles Caccia Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, the interim report of the Toronto mayor's Homelessness Action Task Force reveals that in Toronto every night about 3,000 individuals stay in shelters. In addition, about 37,000 are on a waiting list for subsidized social housing and an additional 40,000 are spending more than half of their income on rent or living in extremely precarious housing.

Furthermore, Toronto shelters provide emergency services as well as shelter for the chronically homeless.

This urgent situation is aggravated by the fact that the Ontario government is downloading responsibility for social housing to municipalities. There is therefore a great need for the federal government to provide funding for people in need of social housing units.

Hockey
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Liberal

Hec Clouthier Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, hockey is the tie that binds this country together from coast to coast. It is the game that Canadians love the most.

As a new NHL season begins tonight we must not forget the athletes who play on our country's most important hockey team, Team Canada.

I am very proud to announce that one of my constituents in the great riding of Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke has just been named to our national team.

Last season Shawn Heins was the top rookie defenceman in the International Hockey League. He set an IHL record with a 99.5 mile an hour slapshot. He is now under contract to the San Jose Sharks. Shawn Heins is from Eganville.

Two years ago another Eganville lad, Dale McTavish, played for Canada's national team. He went on to play for the Calgary Flames before becoming the top scorer for Saipa in the Finnish Elite League.

It is indeed a remarkable achievement for any small village of 1,300 people to produce such high calibre hockey players. It is the contribution to Team Canada which we enjoy the most.

The people of Eganville and the entire valley salute and are proud of both Shawn and Dale.

Thunder Bay Regional Arts Council
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Liberal

Stan Dromisky Thunder Bay—Atikokan, ON

Mr. Speaker, from October 13 to 27 my riding is holding a citywide celebration of events and displays co-ordinated by the Thunder Bay Regional Arts Council.

This celebration aims to heighten community awareness of arts and heritage in Thunder Bay and to provide increased opportunities and exposure for artists' organizations.

The central event of this celebration is a four day long arts fair during which artists and art organizations display, demonstrate and provide hands-on activities to the public. This fair gives the community an opportunity to participate and create, enriching the community's creative experience.

I encourage all members of the House to support the artistic communities in their ridings.

Unemployment
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Reform

Philip Mayfield Cariboo—Chilcotin, BC

Mr. Speaker, we have a crisis in Cariboo—Chilcotin, as there is throughout much of British Columbia.

In my riding unemployment has reached 14.8%. This is unacceptable.

The federal government has tied our lumber manufacturers to a softwood quota agreement with the United States that we cannot get out of. Now it is killing some of our producers who cannot get enough quota.

Now the placer miners are telling me that gun-toting fisheries and oceans officers have been raiding them and threatening to close the miners down because they do not want them on the rivers. What will happen next?

Like so many other issues that this government has tackled over the past five years, the Liberals lack vision to seek long term solutions to serious problems and fail to look at the long term consequences of their knee-jerk reactions before implementing new policies.

My constituents are asking: Where is the vision? Where is the leadership? They are demanding answers now.

Today in Caribou—Chilcotin the unemployment rate is 14.8% and rising. Does the government not care? The facts speak for themselves.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

Mr. Speaker, we know the RCMP is a very important part of our heritage and indeed a part of our very being as a nation.

This week I attended the performance “The Colour of Pride” which draws on and illustrates that history, their triumphs, their tragedies and their courage. The presentation by eight RCMP members through music, drama and song was, for me, a chance to experience the pride, the passion and the performance of 125 years of RCMP history.

“The Colour of Pride” enhanced my respect and appreciation of the over 21,000 men and women who serve our nation. The show made me particularly proud to be a Canadian.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of “The Colour of Pride”. I extend special recognition to the efforts of fellow islanders Constable Kim Hendricken and Inspector Andy Arsenault. Our thanks and our respects.

Member For Bourassa
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Bloc

Maurice Dumas Argenteuil—Papineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, in his statement made yesterday, the member for Bourassa once again experienced problems with the facts.

He said that constituents in the riding of Rimouski—Mitis support the misappropriation of employment insurance surplus funds that the Minister of Finance is preparing behind the back of the Minister of Human Resources Development.

In fact, it is just the opposite. People in the riding of Rimouski—Mitis clearly said the federal government must use the surpluses hidden by the Minister of Finance to immediately repay the provinces for health and reduce personal income tax.

The member for Bourassa misrepresented the facts and he is trying once again to turn to his advantage the good initiatives taken by the Bloc Quebecois, whether it is our public consultations on what to do with the surpluses, or our Quebec lamb dinner.

Perhaps it is time the Liberal member realized he is making a fool of himself.

Relax, Max.

United States Immigration Act
Statements By Members

October 9th, 1998 / 11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Carmen Provenzano Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Mr. Speaker, the United States Congress brought good news to residents of Canadian border cities yesterday when it decided to delay by 30 months the enforcement of its harsh new entry law.

Without this delay section 110 of the United States Immigration Act would have created massive lineups and a host of other problems for those crossing into the United States. This certainly would have impeded tourism and in doing so it would have had a devastating effect on the economies of border cities like Sault Ste. Marie.

I wish to thank Lloyd Axworthy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the leadership—

United States Immigration Act
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

The Speaker

Colleagues, we do not use each other's names in the House of Commons. I am sure the member will not do it again.

United States Immigration Act
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Carmen Provenzano Sault Ste. Marie, ON

I wish to thank the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the leadership role he has played and his effective efforts in lobbying the American Congress and Senate for a Canadian exemption to this ill-conceived legislation. It appears that the American Congress is now listening, albeit in the 11th hour, to the legitimate concerns and objections raised on Canada's behalf by our Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Senate
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Reform

Rob Anders Calgary West, AB

Mr. Speaker, if I had one reason to reform the Senate, that would be worthy of consideration. If I had 10 reasons, surely that would merit even more serious consideration. Today I have not one, not 10, but 7,009 reasons for Senate reform.

Point one: So 7,000 petitions from Alberta brought by QR77's Dave Rutherford get a hearing before they go into the Prime Minister's trash bin.

Point two: So Canadians are not lying when they say live in a democracy.

Point three: So Plato and Socrates do not role over in their graves.

Point four: So the world can see that Canada is not a banana republic run by a pepper eating dictator.

Point five: So Canadians can hold senators like Andrew Thompson directly accountable for subsidized siestas.

Point six: So senators do not get pensions they have not shown up to earn.

Point seven: So senators feel more inclined to show up for their 65 day work year.

Point eight: So citizens across the country are treated equally.

Point nine: So Liberals can no longer appoint their hacks and bagmen who fail to get elected.

Point ten: So 91% of Albertans get the respect they deserve.

Jacob And Mathew Brown
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Ian Murray Lanark—Carleton, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the selfless contribution of two young individuals from Carleton Place in my riding.

For the past four years Jacob and Mathew Brown, aged 8 and 10, have forgone their birthday presents in favour of family and friends making a donation to breast cancer research. In addition, the two brothers have been making beaded jewellery to be sold at local craft fairs. Jacob's and Mathew's altruistic acts have amounted to donations of over $1,700 to breast cancer research.

This year it is estimated that close to 20,000 Canadian women will contract breast cancer. The cause is unknown and it cannot be prevented.

Only by funding research can we hope to find the cure for this horrible disease.

Mathew and Jacob have asked me to pass along this message to Canada: Children can make a difference. They ask everyone to take up the challenge to help defeat breast cancer.

I congratulate these two boys on their continuing dedication to an important cause.

International Day For The Elimination Of Poverty
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, October 17 is the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty.

Sadly, I do not rise today to mark our progress toward achieving that goal; I rise to lament government inaction and the increasing poverty that stems from it.

In Canada more than five million Canadians live below the poverty line. And, shamefully, this does not include aboriginal peoples on reserves where social assistance does not even cover the basic costs for food.

As we mark this day, homelessness is reaching epidemic proportions.

In my riding of Vancouver East too many people are dealing with the daily dilemmas of heart-wrenching poverty: where to sleep; what to eat; how to face the hopelessness in their children's eyes.

There are immediate steps that this government can take: amend the Human Rights Act to include poverty as a prohibited grounds for discrimination; declare a national emergency on homelessness; stop the federal retreat from social housing; begin to replenish the billions cut from social spending.

Let us make this October 17 the beginning of real action to eliminate poverty.

Davie Industries
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Bloc

Antoine Dubé Lévis, QC

Mr. Speaker, because of the federal government's delay in acting on requests to secure financing for the Spirit of Columbus and Amethyst drilling platforms, on August 11, Dominion Bridge Inc. sought bankruptcy protection.

Since its current contracts are worth over $300 million, Davie Industries was granted an extension, until October 26, to meet the receiver's requirements.

Since time is of the essence for the 1,000 shipyard workers in Lévis and their families, I once again call upon the Liberal government to take action on this issue and provide its share of the financial guarantees requested by Davie Industries.

I also call upon all socio-economic stakeholders in the Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches areas to continue to show solidarity for the shipyard in Lévis.