House of Commons Hansard #148 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was farmers.

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Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

November 3rd, 1998 / 2:35 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay—Columbia, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister continues to hide behind this now totally dead and useless public complaints commission. He has a reason for that. The public complaints commission was never, ever designed to look into the affairs of the Prime Minister denying Canadians their rights of freedom of speech and expression.

This commission will be calling the commissioner of the RCMP who has acknowledged that because it will be reporting to him, it will have a bias. The RCMP lawyers say that it will have a bias. What are we going to do to get to the bottom of this affair as long as the Prime Minister—

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. solicitor general.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, what the hon. member does not understand is that the public complaints commission was initiated by an action of the complainants. They started the process. Now the process is master of its own procedures.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay—Columbia, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is not about the RCMP commission. My question is not about the RCMP's actions or the students' actions. My question is about this Prime Minister's involvement in denying Canadians their rights of freedom of speech and expression.

This commission does not have the authority to get to that and is completely derailed. When are we going to get what Canadians need, an independent inquiry?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, is the hon. member suggesting that the government should interfere with a process that was established by parliament in 1988? Is that what the hon. member is suggesting? This government will not do it.

Canada Mortgage And Housing Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Ghislain Lebel Chambly, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation charges a $235 appraisal fee to all home buyers who make use of its services in securing a loan.

My question is for the Minister of Public Works. How can he explain the CMHC's imposition of this $235 appraisal fee on everyone, when appraisals are done in Quebec only 5% of the time?

Canada Mortgage And Housing Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, CMHC has an appraisal system which it uses along with the financial institutions. CMHC also has an insurance component.

Overall, the purpose is to do an appraisal, and the cost is shared among the users.

Canada Mortgage And Housing Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Ghislain Lebel Chambly, QC

Mr. Speaker, nevertheless, there is a property appraisal done in only 5% of cases in Quebec.

Can the Minister of Public Works tell us whether, in the imminent legislative amendments to the National Housing Act, he plans to require CMHC to appraise all properties on which it is securing loans, since it is already charging an appraisal fee to all buyers?

Canada Mortgage And Housing Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, if CMHC were to appraise every property individually, the cost would be higher than at present.

The hon. member should be aware that, thanks to new technological developments in doing appraisals, we are able to transfer the resulting savings over to the users. That is why the charge is a minimal one. We are constantly trying to reduce fees, and when we can bring them down, we will.

Health Care
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, when medicare started, the federal government promised it would pay 50% of the costs. Today due to Liberal neglect it is down to 11%.

The health minister says that he and the Prime Minister are ready to reinvest in medicare. Exactly what is the percentage we can expect the federal government to pay? What is his target?

Health Care
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, it is hard to know what to say about a party that would put a question like that, when the Reform Party would repeal the Canada Health Act.

This very member has been quoted in the House as calling the Canada Health Act an outdated piece of legislation. This very member called for something he terms medicare plus. We know what that is. It is American style health insurance. We will never have it in this country. Never.

Health Care
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, while this crew promised to protect medicare, what did they deliver? Seven billion dollars in cuts. While this crew promised to protect medicare, what did they deliver? Longer waiting lines. While this crew promised to protect medicare, what did they deliver? People having to go to the Mayo Clinic for treatment.

My question again is since it has dropped from 50% to 11% what is this minister's target? What will we see when he is through with medicare?

Health Care
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, Canadians will not be distracted by this empty rhetoric from the member opposite. Canadians know the Reform Party would sweep away medicare. The Reform Party believes in American style health insurance.

Let me make it very clear for every member of the House. This Prime Minister and this government will never repeal the Canada Health Act because the Reform Party will never have the opportunity to serve in government.

Datura Stramonius
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

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

Last week, I drew the attention of both the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Health to the trafficking in datura stramonius, the fruit of a hallucinatory plant that is not currently prohibited in Canada and that has devastating effects.

Could the minister tell me whether he will act quickly, as he is being asked to, to ban datura stramonius?

Datura Stramonius
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, last week I clarified Health Canada's position. We are now looking into this whole question.

We know the risks associated with this substance and we are currently considering all our options, including that of adding this substance to schedule A, to ensure it is prohibited in Canada.