House of Commons Hansard #90 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was health.

Topics

Trade
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for St. John's East.

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Norman E. Doyle St. John's East, NL

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

The minister is no doubt aware of the case of Sami Durgen, a Kurdish refugee whose case has been in the system for about a decade.

Mr. Durgen has been conducting a vigil in Toronto in an effort to get his landed status which was promised by the minister five years ago. I met with Mr. Durgen yesterday. He informed me that after 10 years of living in Canada he is still awaiting security clearance.

Would the minister please indicate how long this case can go on before Mr. Durgen gets some confirmation of his status in Canada?

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

As you know, Mr. Speaker, out of respect for people's privacy I am absolutely unable to supply details of an individual case in the House of Commons.

That having been said, it is very clear that, if we wish to admit someone to the country, we must comply with the relevant legislation, and security audits are a component of the file.

I can assure the opposition member that this file is being personally followed in the minister's office and that we hope to have answers for the individual in question shortly.

Organized Crime
Oral Question Period

April 22nd, 1998 / 2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Shaughnessy Cohen Windsor—St. Clair, ON

Mr. Speaker, the media has been reporting infiltration by biker gangs into many areas of legitimate economic activity. They are alleged as well to control substantial drug trafficking networks and to perpetrate crimes of extreme violence.

Last year we passed strong anti-gang legislation which should help. What is the solicitor general doing to fight this kind of organized criminal activity?

Organized Crime
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate very much the question from my colleague because organized crime is a serious problem in Canada.

We have passed the legislation necessary to fight it but we need to do more than that. We need to put together a national strategy that includes all law enforcement agencies. That is why on Friday I am bringing together 40 law enforcement agencies, the provinces and other criminal justice officials. We are going to put the strategy together to deal with this problem once and for all.

(House in committee to recognize Canada's 1998 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games athletes)

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Niagara Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Gib Parent Speaker of the House of Commons

My colleagues, today is a very special day for us because we are to recognize on the floor of the House our Olympians and Paralympians. I ask them all to come in. When they come on to the floor I will speak to them on your behalf and will explain how we will do it.

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Olympians and Paralympians of Canada and my colleagues, this winter the eyes of the world were on Nagano. A record number of athletes came together to compete in Olympic and Paralympic games.

These games represent human achievement and international friendship. They are a time for nations to engage in friendly competition and for athletes to pursue their dreams of excellence.

The men and women who represented us at Nagano were Canada's best athletes. To take part in the competitions over there represents a remarkable success. Those of you who returned with medals are recognized as being the best of the world's best.

Some of you have best ever records to your credit.

Whether we were in St. John's, Vancouver or Whitehorse, you had us all on the edge of our chairs. Canadians do not usually make a lot of noise, but when you won those medals there were 30 million people here in Canada who were damn ecstatic and very noisy.

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

All Canadians shared in your victories. You have made us all very proud. You have captured our imagination and are now the heroes of a new generation of Canadians. You represent the very finest in sport. You are symbols of everything Canada has to offer the world.

We are not used to having visitors on the floor of this House, but this is a special day and we wanted to bend the rules a bit in order to pay tribute to all of you, to congratulate you and to thank you for the great honour you have brought to our country.

My colleagues, I will read out the names of our Olympians and Paralympians. I know it might be difficult, but I would ask you to please hold your applause until the end and not to run on to the floor when I am finished because you will have a chance to meet our athletes in room 253-D right after we are finished this afternoon.

As I call your names—and I know you are a little close together—just raise your hand so that we can get an idea of where you are.

In the Paralympic sports, alpine skiing: Ramona Hoh; Mark Ludbrook; Daniel Wesley; Marni Winder, accompanied by her guide Dale Winder; and Karolina Wisniewska.

In cross-country skiing: Colette Bourgonje.

In sledge hockey: Yves Carrier, Dean Delaurier, David Eamer, Jamie Eddy, Angelo Gavillucci, Jean Labonté, Daniel Labrie, Robert Lagacé, Hervé Lord, Shawn Matheson, Dean Mellway, Todd Nicholson and Pierre Pichette.

The coaches of sledge hockey: Tom Goodings, Larry Hogan and Pierre Schweda.

In bobsleigh: David MacEachern.

In women's curling: Jan Betker; Atina Ford; Marcia Gudereit; Joan McCusker; and their coach, Anita Ford.

In men's curling: Mike Harris—

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Of course that is Mike Harris, the Olympian.

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Richard Hart, George Karrys, Collin Mitchell and Paul Savage.

In women's hockey: Jennifer Botterill; Thérèse Brisson; Cassie Campbell; Judy Diduck; Lori Dupuis; Danielle Goyette; Geraldine Heaney; Jayna Hefford; Becky Kellar; Kathy McCormack; Karen Nystrom; Lesley Reddon; Laura Schuler; Fiona Smith; Vicky Sunohara; France St-Louis; Stacy Wilson; and their coaches, Ray Bennett and Danièle Sauvageau.

In speed skating, long track: Susan Auch and Jeremy Wotherspoon.

In speed skating, short track: Eric Bédard; Christine Boudrias; Derrick Campbell; Isabelle Charest; François Drolet; Annie Perreault; Tania Vicent; and their coaches, Marcel Lacroix and Nathalie Grenier.

These are the Paralympians and Olympians of Canada.

Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.