House of Commons Hansard #150 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was aboriginal.

Topics

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I will begin by saying how distressed the people of Canada are by the dreadful consequences of the hurricane on the lives of thousands of people in Central America. That is why Canada is monitoring the situation closely and providing the aid we can afford.

As for immigrant applications for family reunification, visitor visas or student visas, I can assure the members of this House that steps will be taken to ensure that all necessary humanitarian consideration is given in such situations.

In addition, people from these countries who are currently visiting Canada have the possibility of extending their visitor visas at this time.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Dave Chatters Athabasca, AB

Mr. Speaker, at a meeting I attended yesterday, the members for Davenport and Lac-Saint-Louis accused Health Canada of incompetence, negligence and using Canadians as guinea pigs regarding the use of the manganese gasoline additive MMT.

During the MMT debate in the House, Health Canada categorically stated that MMT did not pose a threat to the health of Canadians.

I ask the health minister: Who is telling the truth, Health Canada or these two members?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

I will let that question stand, but we are getting close.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, he may be getting close, but he is not getting close to the truth.

The truth is that Health Canada—

Health
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

I wish we were playing horseshoes. The hon. minister is now even.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Allan Rock Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, Health Canada oversaw the work done on research into MMT and the health effects. We made the results of that research available to other departments. Indeed, work continues to examine the health effects on humans, in particular children, with respect to MMT. As that science is done, using research not only here in Canada but around the world, we will continue to make the results available to those who are making policy.

Canadian Passport
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Mr. Speaker, the new incident involving passports shows there is a problem controlling the circulation of Canadian passports, but not necessarily a problem of passport security per se. The minister says this is the most secure passport in the world.

If the passport is so safe, why is the Minister of Foreign Affairs preparing to take away the contract of the Spexel company in Beauharnois to supply security paper in favour of foreign countries?

Canadian Passport
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, we review the technology of passports on a five year basis. No other country does that, but we think it is appropriate in order to keep up in the most modern way possible.

What we are now working on is a new photo digital imaging system which would make it virtually impossible to forge any kind of passport. That will require a very different technology. Of course, all that technology will be available for bid by Canadian companies and I hope that we will be in a position to start distributing it to Canadians next year.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Rick Laliberte Churchill River, SK

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the health minister.

Now that the government has addressed the legal challenge surrounding MMT by paying Ethyl Corporation $20 million, when will the minister table the report that endorsed MMT? When will the study begin, a comprehensive study with money, to determine the health risks to Canadian children?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Allan Rock Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, as I have already said, work continues on research and the effects of MMT, which is a subject of inquiry not only in Canada but around the world.

As more is known about the health effects of MMT, government policy will reflect those research results.

Canadian Farmers
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Mark Muise West Nova, NS

Mr. Speaker, last week I asked the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for a firm commitment on aid for Canada's farmers, in particular those drought stricken farmers in my riding of West Nova. His reply was to wait until he met with his provincial counterparts on November 4.

Today the parliamentary secretary said that the deputy ministers are meeting to discuss the issue.

How much longer will our farmers have to wait before the government steps in with some kind of emergency relief?

Canadian Farmers
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Egmont
P.E.I.

Liberal

Joe McGuire Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, as I indicated, the three partners in agriculture, the federal government, the provincial governments and the producers, did meet yesterday. They recognize the extent of the downturn and the impact it is having on Canadian farmers. That was only the first step. It was a major step.

The hon. member's problem is being addressed through that process. In due time I think he will be very pleased with the results.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

November 5th, 1998 / 2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Charles Caccia Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada has signed a United Nations accord on heavy metals, committing Canada to reduce emissions of mercury, cadmium and lead by 50% over eight years.

I would like to congratulate the Minister of the Environment and ask her when targets and timetables for the reduction and elimination of these metals in Canada are likely to be announced.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Northumberland
Ontario

Liberal

Christine Stewart Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, this is a very important issue for the health of Canadians. The protocol that we signed in Norway in June will be ratified by us before the end of this year.

The impact of this will be that it will prevent a lot of heavy metals coming into Canada from abroad. But Canada will continue to take its own actions. We have reduced levels of mercury to 64% below 1980 levels already, well beyond the protocol requirements.

We will continue to reduce levels of mercury. We are working through the harmonization agreement with ministers of the environment of the provinces and we will be making our announcement—

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Vancouver East.