House of Commons Hansard #99 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was federal.

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Merchant Navy Veterans
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, I know that is the standard answer from the minister, but all he has to do is ask those veterans, look at the list of 40 inequalities, the list that I gave to him, and address them.

I want to raise the issue of money with the minister. Bill C-84, the legislation that was to make merchant veterans equal with the other veterans, originally had a budget of $100 million. It was lowered to $88 million. According to the Merchant Navy Association it estimates only $7 million to $8 million were spent.

Will the minister tell the House if he is able to account for the rest of the money. If not, why not and where did it go?

Merchant Navy Veterans
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bonavista—Trinity—Conception
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

Fred Mifflin Minister of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Mr. Speaker, I remind the hon. member and the House that three members of the Liberal Party caused this initiative to be taken, joined later by a member of the NDP.

If she wants to know where the money went, why does she not ask her own people who were forming the government of the day.

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

David Iftody Provencher, MB

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

Rail line transportation remains an integral feature of agriculture in western Canada. What is the minister doing to ensure that abandonment of rail lines or the transfer of short line operators will serve the interests of all parties in western Canada?

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, there is no doubt that this is a burning issue in western Canada, especially among farm groups. For that reason the government has decided to provide facilitation services between community groups and the railways so that short lines are being used for purposes grain farmers would like them used to haul those commodities.

We think this will result in a more equitable situation for all farmers in western Canada. The government is pleased to do its part in helping this along.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

May 5th, 1998 / 2:50 p.m.

Reform

Gerry Ritz Battlefords—Lloydminster, SK

Mr. Speaker, a constituent named Julie Hubbard has written to me to describe her situation. Julie is a single working mother of two. She has a total income of just over $20,000, placing her well below the poverty line.

The tax code forces her to add her child tax benefit money and the GST credit to her gross income. Now she finds herself owing another $186 to Revenue Canada.

With tax codes like this, will the finance minister acknowledge that his tax code is creating child poverty, not solving it?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, in the last budget 400,000 Canadians were taken off the tax rolls. The person who was just referred to will have received a substantial decrease in her income taxes. At the same time, if she chooses to go back to school she will find a $3,000 government grant which will help her to do so.

In fact we have brought in a balanced approach precisely to help people like the young women to whom he referred.

Young Offenders
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, because of its approach to young offenders, the federal government is clearly in favour of incarceration, according to the federal Deputy Minister of Justice.

Does the minister agree with her deputy minister that, if the Government of Quebec wants to withdraw its fair share of funds intended for young offenders, it must change its approach and favour incarceration, because, according to the deputy minister, funds are granted only on this basis?

Young Offenders
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I have made it very plain in the House over many weeks that we in the government do not take a simplistic approach to youth crime. We want to renew the entire youth justice system. That involves not only the protection of society but crime prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of young offenders.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

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

The average student debt has doubled to a record $25,000 since the Liberals came to power. Who benefits from these huge debts? The banks.

Very deep in the budget legislation is a clause giving banks a bigger say in who gets a student loan. The Liberals are making banks the gatekeepers of our children's future and that is wrong.

Will the minister reverse the privatization of student loans and ensure that education is a public trust rather than a revenue generator for the big banks?

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to take this occasion to remind the House about seven measures which were in the budget in terms of student debt.

I want to thank the Prime Minister for the millennium scholarship foundation and the $3,000 a year for over 100,000 Canadian students. In the same budget there is a $3,000 grant to single parents who want to go back to school. In the same budget there is a 17% tax credit for those who have student debts. In the same budget there is a series of measures to allow for either reduction in debt, forgiveness of interest or a reduction in principal.

In fact I would like—

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for South Shore.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, the government has yet to announce a post-TAGS program. It still has not informed the House on an active licence buyback program to reduce effort and retire senior fishers.

Will the minister inform the House of the proposals before the special cabinet committee? Thousands of families are waiting his reply.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I can inform the member and every member in the House that we are working very hard on the post-TAGS environment.

We have done a lot of consultation through the Harrigan report. We have done evaluations of the TAGS program. We are determined to do the best we can for the individuals and the communities.

We will be working in partnership with the provinces in coming weeks and months to make sure that individuals can meet the post-TAGS environment in the best possible way.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Colleen Beaumier Brampton West—Mississauga, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Canadians support the government's initiative to stop the illicit traffic of small arms. In fact Canadian NGOs met today to call for more action.

Will the minister take up this issue of trade in small arms at the G-8 meeting in London next week?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to tell the House that in fact it was a Canadian issue that had the question of small arms trafficking put on the agenda of the G-8 meeting and the foreign ministers meeting.

We are looking particularly at the question of a code of conduct that could be established which would govern the use of weapons and the illicit trafficking as it now represents one of the most oppressive threats to civil peace around the world. We hope at the G-8 meeting we can get the agreement of those leaders to pursue the matter in a very positive way.