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 smoking.

Topics

2 p.m.

The Speaker

As is our practice on Wednesday we will now sing O Canada, and we will be led by the hon. member for Bruce—Grey.

Ontario Health Care
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Devillers Simcoe North, ON

Mr. Speaker, I feel bound to address the ongoing impact of the Harris reformatory government's decisions on health care and hospital closures in Ontario. Certain falsehoods must be dispelled about this issue. The reduction in transfer payments to the Ontario government represents, at most, 2.5% of Ontario's revenues.

When will the Harris reformatories come clean on this issue? When will they admit to Ontarians that the cuts in health and hospital services were made to finance the Harris government's income tax cuts? Why do they not acknowledge that the federal Liberals reinstated $1.5 billion in cash payments in the last budget, bringing the cash total to $12.5 billion per year? Why do the Harris reformatories never mention the big increases to the provinces in tax points under the federal Liberals?

Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Reform

Val Meredith South Surrey—White Rock—Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, earlier this month when former professional wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura was elected Governor of Minnesota there were some comparisons between the first member of the American Reform Party elected to office and the election of our first Reformer, the hon. member for Edmonton North.

While it is true that the two have something in common, namely that either of them could whup any member on the government benches with one arm tied behind their back, there are actually a number of similarities between Jesse Ventura and the Liberals.

Both Ventura and the Prime Minister are adept at applying the choke hold. Ventura perfected the manoeuvre known as the “pile driver” and the Minister of Finance has mastered the art of driving piles of dollars out of the country with his tax policies. And how could we overlook Ventura's experience as a trained navy SEAL when the Liberal backbenches are filled with trained seals?

Canadian Farmers
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

John Maloney Erie—Lincoln, ON

Mr. Speaker, pork producers are being devastated by low prices. Hogs are selling for half the cost of producing them. Last Friday I met with over 70 hog farmers in my constituency office in Smithville. These are efficient, hardworking producers who know their business, but they have been caught in circumstances beyond their control.

Hog farmers recognize that their industry is cyclical and they prepare for the normal ups and downs, but the situation they find themselves in is not normal. Pork producers and other farmers who export their product are suffering from the fallout of the Asian economic crisis and its spinoffs. Canadian exporters have lost their markets and oversupply has depressed prices globally.

The farm income situation is urgent. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food has been working with farm leaders and his provincial counterparts to find a solution to the problem. I encourage him to create a national disaster program that will kick in when the safety net system proves insufficient.

Harness Horse Racing
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Hec Clouthier Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, the trotters were at the post and the crowd held its breath in great anticipation. And then they were off, in the 1998 Breeder's Crown championship which featured the best horses in the world. After the dust had settled the winner was the magnificent trotting machine, Muscles Yankee, who raced to victory for Canada.

The horse, of course, is Canadian owned by Irving Liverman of Montreal and Canadian driven by John Campbell. The much respected and highly regarded Mr. Liverman cheered as the Hall of Famer, the world's greatest driver, John Campbell, masterfully manoeuvred Muscles to victory.

As a fellow owner and driver, I truly appreciate and applaud the dedication, drive and determination needed to excel in the sport of harness racing. Congratulations to the Canadian connection of Messieurs Liverman and Campbell. They are a true credit to maintaining this country's proud tradition of excellence in the field of harness horse racing.

Election Campaign In Quebec
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Denis Paradis Brome—Missisquoi, QC

Mr. Speaker, it cannot be said enough: a vote for the PQ is a vote for Quebec's separation from the rest of Canada.

A vote for the PQ is a vote against Quebec's interests.

A vote for the PQ is a vote for continued insecurity and political instability in Quebec.

A vote for the PQ will mean time wasted for the next four years.

On November 30, I will be voting Liberal, because a Liberal government will work for economic growth and job creation.

In Brome—Missisquoi, that will be heaven.

Government Spending
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Reform

Jim Pankiw Saskatoon—Humboldt, SK

Mr. Speaker, while Canadian farmers face an income crisis, as provinces deliver health care with as little as 11% funding from the health minister and as workers continue to overpay employment insurance premiums it comes as an absolute shock for taxpayers to learn that the federal government is still blowing tens of thousands of dollars on perks and feel-good retreats for Canada's civil servants.

In two retreats put on by PA Douglas & Associates last year the federal government forked out $112,000 so that bureaucrats from government departments could be put up in the Banff Springs Hotel and wined and dined at taxpayers' expense.

The Liberal government refuses to end wasteful spending and continues to show a preference for extravagant perks. Instead of choosing to put money back into the pockets of hardworking Canadians through tax cuts, the Liberals choose to put bureaucrats into expensive resort hotels.

Social Rights
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Bloc

Christiane Gagnon Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, in connection with Bill S-11, which invites Parliament to include social condition as a prohibited ground of discrimination, I would like to pay tribute to the Association de défense des droits sociaux du Québec métropolitain, which this year celebrates 25 years of active service in the community.

This association has, over the years, become the source of training and public awareness, a place for thought, discussion and struggle so members may break through their isolation and express their rights. One of their many battles remains current and is being followed by the Bloc Quebecois. I refer to the cuts to employment insurance, which have resulted in the exclusion of six out of ten unemployed individuals from the plan, a reduction in benefits and social assistance for hundreds of thousands of people.

The Bloc Quebecois also supports their struggles by calling upon the Liberal government to stop taking billions of dollars from the pockets of the most disadvantaged, by refusing to index tax benefits for children, tax tables and GST credits.

Quebec Election Campaign
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Robert Bertrand Pontiac—Gatineau—Labelle, QC

Mr. Speaker, the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party is right to maintain that a vote for the PQ is a vote for the separation of Quebec. By voting for the leader of the PQ, Quebeckers would be making the mistake of giving him everything he needs to initiate the separation process.

The PQ leader is a secretive person. Quebeckers should be wary of him, for the sake of national unity. On November 30, let us not take any chances, let us vote for the Liberals.

Quebec Election Campaign
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Claude Drouin Beauce, QC

Mr. Speaker, on November 30, a Liberal government led by Jean Charest will work to renew Canadian federalism. On November 30, a Liberal government would be a credible spokesperson on social union. On November 30, a Liberal government would create better conditions to put Quebec on the path to prosperity and economic growth again by removing the constant threat of a referendum and building confidence in this province.

On November 30, I will be voting Liberal because I believe Quebec should take its proper place within Canada, and the only party that can achieve this is the Quebec Liberal Party. On November 30, the people of Quebec should finally choose a real government capable of speaking on their behalf and acting in their interest. Quebeckers must give the Liberal Party the mandate to run the province for the next few years.

Merchant Navy Veterans
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Reform

Peter Goldring Edmonton East, AB

Mr. Speaker, there have been 50 years of stonewalling, 50 years of neglect and 50 years of denial for Canada's merchant navy veterans. That is our government's performance, counting 50 years and more.

The issues are very clear. Merchant navy veterans are not seeking great wealth, simply the respect and benefits given their armed forces brethren: to be recognized as war veterans, to receive prisoner of war benefits, to be compensated for years of inequality and to receive recognition on ceremonial days.

The Minister of Veterans Affairs must agree that there are four issues that cry out for resolve; not one, not two, not three, but four.

It is unconscionable that these concerns continue to exist after 50 years. History will judge our days in this House.

It would be sad if the minister enters history as a great continuer of injustice rather than the minister—

Merchant Navy Veterans
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Vancouver Kingsway.

Foreign Affairs
Statements By Members

November 25th, 1998 / 2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Sophia Leung Vancouver Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and a Canadian delegation attended the APEC meeting in Malaysia and visited China recently.

In Malaysia the Prime Minister raised his concern over the mistreatment of the Deputy Prime Minister there. In China we were able to develop a closer relationship with Chinese political leaders in the areas of business, education and culture.

We witnessed the signing of 46 commercial agreements worth over $720 million. As well, Canada extended practical assistance of CIDA projects in isolated regions, including a clean water project in the Gansu Province.

Congratulations to the Prime Minister for his constructive work in Asian countries.

National Action Committee On The Status Of Women
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

NDP

Michelle Dockrill Bras D'Or, NS

Mr. Speaker, for 27 years the National Action Committee on the Status of Women has been a voice for Canadian women.

It was their hard work which helped to ensure that women are now guaranteed equality in the Constitution. When violence against women was seen as a private matter, NAC brought it out into the open and forced us to deal with it. Today our voice is threatened.

Status of Women seems to be delaying NAC's application for funding until it is forced to shut down. A month and a half ago the minister's office promised that NAC's application would be processed within a week. NAC is still waiting. The time for playing politics is over.

If this minister believes that women should have an independent voice, free from political interference, she has only one option. End the delays in processing NAC's application for funding, restore core funding for women's groups and reverse the cuts the government has made.

Violence Against Women
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Eugène Bellemare Carleton—Gloucester, ON

Mr. Speaker, November 25 is the International Day to End Violence Against Women.

The day was declared by women in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1981 to commemorate the death of the Mirabel sisters, who were murdered in the Dominican Republic in 1960.

Today we mark the first of 16 days leading up to December 10 that have been set aside to fight violence against women.

Over the next 16 days, communities throughout the country will reflect on the consequences of violence against women.

I urge members to get involved in helping end violence against women.