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.

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Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the questions that we have heard all week are based on the inaccurate notes of an eavesdropper. I responded to the allegations that were put. My response was supported by the person with whom I was having the conversation. As I said earlier, I do not think Canadians take kindly to these tactics. They are unfamiliar in Canada and unworthy of the hon. member.

Apec Summit
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Reform

Chuck Cadman Surrey North, BC

Mr. Speaker, in Vancouver the government has a platoon of taxpayer funded lawyers to hide the Prime Minister's involvement in the APEC scandal. The commission has requested funding for the students' legal costs. The solicitor general has refused, leaving the public interest represented by one unpaid lawyer. The solicitor general is clearly in a conflict of interest here.

Will the solicitor general commit here and now to provide funding for the students as requested by the commission so it can get to the bottom of this scandal?

Apec Summit
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, we received a request earlier this week for additional funding for the students. That request is being considered at this time.

Apec Summit
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Reform

Paul Forseth New Westminster—Coquitlam—Burnaby, BC

Mr. Speaker, I want to again ask a question of the solicitor general. How did the solicitor general get the confidential information about the ongoing investigation? He has made denials. We have heard admissions. We want to know the facts. How did he get that information?

Apec Summit
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, as I said, information that would be acquired through an operational exercise by the RCMP or any other agency under my responsibility is operational. I would not be privy to that. I would not be involved in that. That is the reason that I have denied the fact that I have received that information in that fashion.

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Christiane Gagnon Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Solicitor General. In the past, a number of ministers have lost their positions through lack of judgment. Jean Charest, for example, lost his job after phoning a judge, and Alan Redway lost his after making a bad joke about guns while going through customs. There was also the Liberal "Rat Pack" who used to call for ministers' heads over peccadilloes.

Why are the Liberals today applauding what used to bring them roaring to their feet on their desks calling for the heads of Conservative ministers?

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, as I said, the allegations that have been put I have responded to. It has been supported. I am very confident in my position in this regard. I wish the hon. members would get on with the nation's business.

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Christiane Gagnon Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, last week, the Solicitor General chatted about the matters under his responsibility on a plane. This week, he chatted in the gym with a Conservative colleague, to justify himself, it seems.

Why is the government not dismissing this dangerous serial chatterer?

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, all week long I have been suggesting that the allegations that have been made were based on inaccurate information. I have said it many times in response to many questions and I say it again.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Reform

Howard Hilstrom Selkirk—Interlake, MB

Mr. Speaker, I would like you to convey to the solicitor general that after the Thanksgiving break we will be back on this question.

My question today is for the agriculture minister. There is a growing farm crisis in western Canada. In 1997 farm incomes have dropped by over an average of 50%. The net income stabilization account would help some farmers but it will not help most of the farmers.

Is the minister prepared today to admit that NISA does not meet the needs of real Canadian farmers?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I will remind the member again that we have the best safety net system of any farm population in the world.

We are reviewing with the industry, and that review has been ongoing having started a number of months ago, how we can better make the investment there, to the betterment of the industry. We will continue to do that.

Unfortunately there is a world commodity dip in prices for farmers all around the world. That is little consolation to our farmers, I understand. We are working with the industry in co-operation with them to strengthen the industry to the best of everybody's interest.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Reform

Charlie Penson Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister for International Trade.

Canadian farmers are facing difficult times, as my colleague has just suggested. Commodity prices are reaching lows something like the ones 30 years ago. At the same time the European Union managed to find over $50 billion to subsidize its farmers this year alone.

What specific plan has the Minister for International Trade to defend our Canadian farmers against these unfair subsidies?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I wish the member had listened to the answer I gave a moment ago. We are working with the industry. We have a very solid safety net plan in the industry at the present time. We are working with the industry to improve that as time goes on. I look forward to that co-operation in the industry, which we have always had, as well as the co-operation of the hon. member.

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

October 9th, 1998 / 11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister. Frankly, Liberal members have a nerve trying to persuade us that the person in the wrong is not the Solicitor General, who discusses government business on an airplane, but our NDP colleague, whose misfortune it was to be there and hear the minister's remarks.

Will the Prime Minister come back to reality, show some judgment and sack the Solicitor General immediately?

Solicitor General Of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, it is because the Prime Minister has such good judgment that he has no intention whatsoever of calling for the Solicitor General's resignation.