House of Commons Hansard #157 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was businesses.

Topics

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Reform

John Reynolds West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, BC

Mr. Speaker, blaming the opposition for the solicitor general's resignation is like Brian Mulroney blaming the Prime Minister when he won the election.

The solicitor general resigned, a very serious resignation. The lawyers for the government and the RCMP have applied to have the APEC commission quashed. It is the government, the RCMP and the solicitor general's people who want this commission quashed.

When will the government give us an independent judicial inquiry just like its own lawyers are asking for in Vancouver?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I repeat again that the commission will finish its job. It was set up under a law of parliament, a law introduced in parliament and voted on by parliament. The member of parliament was a Tory at that time and voted for that law and today he is attacking the leader who got him to the House of Commons at that time.

Canadian Olympic Committee
Oral Question Period

November 23rd, 1998 / 2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Mitis, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

In Nagano, the Minister of Canadian Heritage explained that she could not intervene with the olympic committee to defend the French language, because the committee was independent.

Why did the Minister of Canadian Heritage decide this time to intervene with the Canadian olympic committee in the case of the city hosting the 2010 games?

Canadian Olympic Committee
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I would remind the hon. member opposite that her claim that I did not intervene in the case of Nagano is absolutely false.

I would ask her to withdraw the false remarks she just made in this House.

Canadian Olympic Committee
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Mitis, QC

Mr. Speaker, everyone thinks the minister should have abstained from political meddling with the olympic committee.

My question is for the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister not consider, once again, that one of his ministers was lacking in judgment by intervening as the Minister of Canadian Heritage did with the olympic association?

Canadian Olympic Committee
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, if the member does not remember, I will remind her that in a letter written in the hand of Suzanne Tremblay dated August 14, 1998, she said “I remind you that during a similar incident at the Nagano games—”

Canadian Olympic Committee
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

The Speaker

I would ask the minister not to use the members' names.

Canadian Olympic Committee
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Liberal

Sheila Copps Hamilton East, ON

In a letter written in the hand of the member for Rimouski—Mitis, she says clearly that yes, I should have intervened in the case of Nagano, and congratulated me on doing so.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, first there was a Mountie named Hughie who was being set up to take the fall. Now the solicitor general has sacrificed himself to protect the Prime Minister. That still does not get at what started this whole scandal.

My question is easy and is directed to the Prime Minister. What role did he play in having a crackdown on the students at the APEC conference last year?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the long answer is none.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, now that the Prime Minister has said that, then surely he will be happy to set up an inquiry and testify before the inquiry that his answer is none.

The solicitor general said that a senior Mountie named Hughie was going to take the fall. Take the fall for whom, the Prime Minister?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I repeat that there is an inquiry and the inquiry will do its job.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that in my reply to the member I thought he was still a member of parliament at that time but he had turned to being a Socred in British Columbia. So I do not know. Now he is a Reformer. It is difficult to follow. I am sorry. I made a mistake.

Icebreaking Policy
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Rocheleau Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, last week, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans introduced the concept of intraharbour transit to exempt the Quebec City-Lévis ferry service from icebreaking charges. However, the Sorel and Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola ferries also run an intraharbour service.

Why, therefore, has the minister not announced an exemption for the Sorel—Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola ferry service?

Icebreaking Policy
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, last week, I replied to several questions on this topic, and I pointed out that we were considering what we heard about the region's industry. When we have considered all submissions, we will announce our fee schedule.

Icebreaking Policy
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Rocheleau Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, when all is said and done, does the minister realize that it is not just the ferries, but Quebec shipping in its entirety that will be penalized by his unfair policy on icebreaking fees?