House of Commons Hansard #82 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was crops.

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Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Adams Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 15 petitions.

House Committees
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

John McKay Scarborough East, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Tuesday, November 4, 1997, your committee has considered Bill C-3, an act respecting DNA identification and to make consequential amendments to the Criminal Code and other acts. Your committee has agreed to report it with amendments.

May I add that this was an all-party committee and that all members of the House worked very hard on the report.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Bill Gilmour Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I am pleased to present two petitions from concerned citizens in my riding of Nanaimo—Alberni.

The first petition calls upon Parliament to support the immediate initiation and conclusion by the year 2000 of an international convention to set out a binding timetable for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Bill Gilmour Nanaimo—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, in the second petition the petitioners call upon Parliament to remove the GST from books, magazines and newspapers. They also ask the Prime Minister to carry out his party's repeated promise to remove the federal sales tax from reading materials.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

John Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from people in my constituency who want to draw to the attention of Parliament the fact that one in eight men will suffer from prostate cancer and that one-third of those sufferers will die of the disease.

It is noted here that the cost of treating prostate cancer in men is approximately $250 billion annually and that some of the best research is being done in very inadequate circumstances.

It is noted, as well, that the opinion of several Vancouver researchers is that $1 per Canadian is not too much to ask for prostate cancer research. It would go a long way toward defeating the disease.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

March 27th, 1998 / 12:05 p.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Adams Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, today we will be answering Question No. 5. .[Text]

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley, BC

With regard to the moment when chronometers in all federal Government information systems change from the year 1999 to the year 2000, ( a ) what is now being done and what will be done to prepare for this moment, ( b ) can the government assure the public that there will be no loss of data, no interruption in service or other systems malfunction, and ( c ) what is the estimated cost ensuring that computers will be able to cope effectively with the change of millennium?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Hull—Aylmer
Québec

Liberal

Marcel Massé President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure

a) The federal government has defined the year 2000 compliance issue as a high government priority and is working aggressively on all fronts to monitor the level of year 2000 readiness within departments, implement common initiatives and encourage action.

In 1996, the chief information officer, CIO, project office was established within Treasury Board secretariat, TBS, to co-ordinate and monitor activity across all federal government departments and agencies. In September of 1997, a government industry task force was formed under the Minister of Industry to help Canadian industry address this unique challenge. The task force is chaired by Jean Monty, chief executive officer of Nortel, and includes representatives from a number of key economic sectors including banking, insurance, transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications, information technology, small and medium size business, agriculture, and the retail and service sectors.

The CIO year 2000 project office has completed two comprehensive, government-wide surveys and a third one is in progress. The results of the second survey indicate that all departments are aware of the issue and all departments with government-wide mission critical, GWMC, systems have active year 2000 plans in place. Additionally, the level of readiness within government is consistent with accepted industry standards, and many departments are even further advanced.

b) The CIO year 2000 project office is committed to ensuring that key federal government systems will continue the delivery of essential services to the Canadian public and its businesses, beyond the year 2000. Defined as government-wide mission critical, GWMC, these systems have a direct impact on the health, safety, security and economic well-being of Canadians, and are the government's first priority.

Departments are responsible for all year 2000 repair, testing and replacement work of their systems, but in order to ensure that there is no interruption of services, departments will be asked to provide full contingency plans for any systems that are deemed at possible risk by fall of 1998. At present, however, the focus and number one priority of the government is to ensure that departments complete the necessary repair and replacement work on GWMC systems.

c) The Government of Canada recognizes that not addressing the year 2000 challenge could result in significant costs to Canadian taxpayers. Treasury Board secretariat estimates that the price tag for federal government year 2000 compliance will be $1 billion. The total federal information tehcnology, IT, budget is $3 billion to $4 billion annually and it is anticipated that the majority of the $1 billion required for the year 2000 effort is being drawn from existing budgets during the conversion period.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

I suggest that the other questions be allowed to stand.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

John Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have some answers which are long overdue. On October 28 Question No. 31 was asked, which was regarding the dropping of charges against the minister's friends in the Oak Bay Marine Group. That answer is still outstanding.

On December 2 Question No. 56 was asked, again concerning the Oak Bay Marine Group. I wonder when I can expect a response on those matters.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have noted the numbers that the member mentioned and I will look into it as quickly as I can.

I would point out that we have received roughly 800 questions to this point. We have replied to well over half of them, but I understand the member's concern and I will look into it as soon as I can.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Reform

John Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Mr. Speaker, there is a deadline for responding to questions.

I have another question, Question No. 51, which was asked on December 1, 1997. We asked for a list of aboriginal groups which received communal fishing licences or other authorization to fish, excluding commercial fishing licences of the same type issued to all Canadian commercial fleets in British Columbia and I have had no response to that one as well.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have noted Questions Nos. 31, 56 and 51. I will do my best to see what is happening to them.

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

Is it agreed that the remaining questions be allowed to stand?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.