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

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Joe Jordan Leeds—Grenville, ON

Mr. Speaker, as the House heads into Thanksgiving break, I think that independent of the complex issue, all Canadians share concern about the health of the merchant navy hunger strikers. Can the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs update us on what the government is doing to try to resolve this unfortunate situation?

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Nipissing
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Wood Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Leeds—Grenville for the question.

I am extremely happy to report to the House that as of this morning, the four merchant navy veterans have agreed to end their hunger strike.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Bob Wood Nipissing, ON

Mr. Speaker, I cannot express how pleased I am that these men will be home with their families for Thanksgiving.

I would also like to thank members on both sides of this House, especially the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the hon. member for St. John.

I would also like to report that beginning next week a consultation process will begin with various veterans organizations, including the merchant navy which will expedite the tabling of an omnibus bill.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Reform

Jake Hoeppner Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of agriculture. With farm income having dropped between 40% and 80% and farmers even having problems putting food on their own tables, why has his government abandoned its red book one promise to reduce farmers' input costs and to introduce a whole farm income stabilization program? Where is it? When is it coming?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I wish the hon. member would update himself on the realities of the day.

Canadian farmers are probably the only farmers in the world who have a net income stabilization account in which they can participate. I encourage those who have not already participated in it to do so. It is a management tool that is contributed to not only by the individual producer, but by the provincial and the federal governments in order to assist and to take out some of the difficulty in the unfortunate times we are in right now of low commodity prices.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Reform

Lee Morrison Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Mr. Speaker, with the disastrous cost price squeeze that farmers are facing, it will be a very tough year for them.

In the face of near record low prices, this government continues to increase farmers' costs through agencies such as the Canadian Grain Commission and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

All Canadians benefit from the services of those agencies. Will the government make a tiny little start at addressing the farm income crisis by ending the extortionist cost recovery programs?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, here again if the hon. member cared to get briefed on these types of issues, we have frozen a good number of the cost recovery assessments that were made.

Concerning cost recovery, there is always a debate on what is private good and what is public good. But probably the average of the cost recovery is far less than 20% of the services provided to the agriculture and agri-food industry in Canada.

Apec Summit
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, the public complaints commission is now completely compromised by the actions of the solicitor general and there is still no funding for legal representation for student complainants.

Surely the solicitor general must acknowledge the conflict of interest he has put himself in and the jeopardy he has created for the process he defended.

Funding must be provided and the solicitor general must do the right thing. Will he resign?

Apec Summit
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I feel very, very strongly about civilian oversight in the public complaints commission. I received the request for funding earlier this week and it is being considered right now.

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, grade 11 history students in Flin Flon held discussions on the solicitor general's sharing of sensitive information. Here are a few comments: “He is trying to cover his behind. He should resign before he gets himself and his party—”

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

The Speaker

Your caucus may be behind you but I would hope that we do not use words that we would not ordinarily use in the House. I know that the hon. member will agree.

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, “he should resign before he gets himself and his party into more trouble. He should resign. He is showing his incompetence and irresponsibility. He should resign because he represents the RCMP. If I were an RCMP I would not want him representing me”.

This class is listening today. I ask the Deputy Prime Minister why does this government continue to behave in a way that disappoints young Canadians.

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, why is the hon. member abusing the process of this House and the fact that it is televised to make assertions that are unwarranted and unjustified?

Therefore her request is certainly unjustified as well.

Air Atlantic
Oral Question Period

October 9th, 1998 / 11:45 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Charlie Power St. John's West, NL

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

On August 26, 435 employees of Air Atlantic in St. John's and Halifax were given notice of termination as of midnight October 24. This is only eight weeks of notice. Under section 212 of the Canadian Labour Code there must be 16 weeks of notice of termination.

Subsequently the company applied for and was given a waiver. Now these employees out either eight weeks notice or salary in lieu of notice.

Why is the Minister of Labour taking money out of the pockets of these labourers and giving it to the company?