House of Commons Hansard #159 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tobacco.

Topics

Ice Breaking Policy
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Rocheleau Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, the minister admitted he would be reviewing his policy of charging for ice breaking, which is unfair to Quebec.

However, the public is worried because, in less than a month, new fees will be charged but no one knows what they will be. This all smacks of improvisation.

My question is for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Does he not realize that the implementation of his charging policy should be deferred, at least until a careful impact study has been conducted and the necessary consultations properly carried out?

Ice Breaking Policy
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, as I said repeatedly, the proposed fee schedule was developed by a 10 member committee, seven of whom were from the Laurentian and Great Lakes regions.

Last week, the industry made us a counteroffer. I am in the process of evaluating this counteroffer, giving it proper consideration, and, as I told the hon. member time and time again, as soon as I make a decision, I will announce it.

Ice Breaking Policy
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Rocheleau Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, it cannot be stated often enough: the industry is worried, port authorities are worried, ferry operators are worried, they are all worried because the minister's plan smacks of improvisation.

Why not do the only reasonable thing and impose a moratorium?

Ice Breaking Policy
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, if the industry and port authorities are concerned, it is because the Bloc Quebecois keeps spreading false information on this issue day after day.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, the minister of agriculture continues to gouge bankrupt farmers. The minister uses his agencies such as the Canadian Grain Commission and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to strip $138 million from farmers.

The minister could go a long way to saving the family farm by dropping these user fees today. He does not need to discuss it with the finance minister. He does not need to negotiate with Americans. Why does he not just do it?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I find this information and these comments passing strange from a party that said it would take hundreds of millions of dollars out of the support to agriculture.

We had a challenge when we took over the government in Canada and we met that challenge. Part of that was asking the users to pay, after consultation and agreement with them, some of the cost of the services provided to them for some of the benefit accrued to them. Also, the member knows that we have frozen those fees until after the year 2000.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, farmers are paying all those fees. These agencies are of value to all Canadians.

The point is that Canadian farmers are going broke and until this crisis is over we should stop taking the shirts off their backs.

I am not asking the minister to disband the Canadian Grain Commission, I am asking him to stop using his ministry to drive farmers off the land. Again, when will he suspend these taxes?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member claims to represent people in western Canada, and I know he comes from there, but I suggest he talk to farmers about their feelings about the Canadian Grain Commission and the fees charged.

I can tell the hon member that farmers are in full support of the activities of the Canadian Grain Commission and the reputation it gives to the best grain and cereal products in the world which we market all over the world.

Augusto Pinochet
Oral Question Period

November 25th, 1998 / 2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Mr. Speaker, today the House of Lords decided that General Pinochet could be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and extradited to a third country.

Last week, the Minister of Justice indicated that she was initiating consultations on the matter.

Can the minister tell us today whether her decision has been reached and whether she intends to demand extradition of the dictator Pinochet to Canada, following the example of Spain, France, Switzerland and Belgium?

Augusto Pinochet
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I have made no decision in this matter as of yet. As I reported last week to the hon. member, I have referred this matter to the RCMP and to my war crimes unit.

Obviously in light of the House of Lords decision this morning we are now reviewing that decision and in the coming weeks we will make a decision based on the report of the RCMP as well as the advice of my war crimes unit.

Violence Against Women
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Augustine Etobicoke—Lakeshore, ON

Mr. Speaker, today in the Hall of Honour a clothesline with T-shirts bearing messages of women's experience with violence reminds us that November 25 is the international day to end violence against women.

Could the secretary of state tell the House what Canada is doing to eliminate violence against women.

Violence Against Women
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver Centre
B.C.

Liberal

Hedy Fry Secretary of State (Multiculturalism)(Status of Women)

Mr. Speaker, November 25 is the international day to eliminate violence against women.

I have a personal commitment to ending violence against women and so I am very proud to be part of a government that is also committed to this end.

The government has brought in many changes to the Criminal Code to decreased violence against women and children. We have also recognized that every six and a half days a women is killed with a gun in domestic violence. We have brought about changes in strong gun control legislation. We have brought about innovative changes through the research centre on violence across Canada.

The T-shirts the hon. member speaks about—

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Fisheries has just changed the rules so that foreign vessels and foreign fishermen can now fish turbot in Canadian waters where Canadians are denied access to this very resource.

Is it the policy of the government to pay fishermen to sit at home on TAGS while foreign vessels and cheap foreign labour are brought in to fish in Canadian waters?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, no.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Fisheries should realize that he just changed rules last week and his department officials confirmed that in committee yesterday.

I quote from a letter from 21 Canadian fish companies to the minister demanding access to this resource over foreigners: “It is inexcusable that foreign vessels and foreign crews are permitted to harvest turbot at the expense of Canadian fishermen”.

Where is the new Captain Canada over there? Why does the minister continue today to give away our resources at the expense of Canadian fishermen? What is he doing? How come he does not know what is going on in his own ministry?