House of Commons Hansard #10 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd 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

2:15 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, Oh.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

The Speaker

Order. Colleagues, we are coming very close now so please, let us back off just a bit.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I think members of this House and Canadians will reject the sleazy innuendo in the hon. member's question. Furthermore, if the hon. member wants to be taken seriously, then his question should be based on truth rather than what he is trying to get across wrongly in this House.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay—Columbia, BC

Mr. Speaker, it turns out that the Prime Minister is not the only one being hung out to dry now that we know some of the facts. His former operations director, Jean Carle, gave evidence that contradicts the facts that are now in the public domain. It is not just the fact that the Prime Minister squashed Canadians' rights, it is the cover up.

When Jean Carle gave evidence repeating the Prime Minister's claim of innocence, was Jean Carle not telling the truth or was he just covering up for the Prime Minister?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has stated his position inside and outside the House. Mr. Carle has testified as a former member of the Prime Minister's staff, as have existing members. All this is before the commission. What the hon. member says are facts adverse to the position of the Prime Minister have not been found as such by the commissioner. Let the commissioner do his work.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay—Columbia, BC

Mr. Speaker, the reality is that the Prime Minister cannot have it both ways. He has repeatedly stated that he was not involved in the APEC affair, that he was not involved with the RCMP, yet the transcripts of Superintendent Wayne May state the contrary. Is it the government's position that Wayne May is a liar?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, all I know about the transcripts is what I read in a newspaper. I invite the hon. member to look at the excerpts from the transcripts very carefully. I do not think they support the unwarranted innuendo and insinuation in his question.

Greenhouse Gases
Oral Question Period

October 25th, 1999 / 2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, in Kyoto, in 1997, a number of countries, including Canada, made a commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 6%.

We learn now that Canada, far from being a leader in this area, is adding to the problem and is at the bottom of the list of countries with a 13% increase in these emissions.

Beyond its fine speeches on the quality of life, is the government intending to take specific measures to achieve the 6% reduction objective and how does is it intend to do so?

Greenhouse Gases
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, yes, currently, members of the private sector and of various governments are looking together at ways Canada could act in order to achieve the level of 6% below that of 1990.

Greenhouse Gases
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, we would like to congratulate the minister, but we have been hearing this speech for a long time. There has been no 6% reduction; there has been a 13% increase. So we are 19% behind the objective sought. This is a miserable performance.

What specific measures will he propose at the upcoming Bonn conference?

Greenhouse Gases
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, growth in the Canadian economy has increased the level of CO2. It is true we have had considerable economic growth, but at the same time, we are now working with the private sector to define and establish the best ways to achieve the 6% reduction below the 1990 level.

Greenhouse Gases
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Bernard Bigras Rosemont, QC

Mr. Speaker, the federal government's lax attitude toward greenhouse gases and its inability to make a commitment in the areas under its responsibility are yielding disastrous results.

Will the government admit that its negative performance in connection with greenhouse gases, the significant increase in CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, is directly linked to the government's spinelessness, to its lack of planning of any concrete measures to reduce industrial emissions in Canada?

Greenhouse Gases
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

No, Mr. Speaker, the plan we established several years ago is in place. We will continue with what we have decided to do.

I should add that the period during which the Kyoto objectives would be in effect would be from 2008 to 2012. There are a number of years left until then.

Greenhouse Gases
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Bernard Bigras Rosemont, QC

Mr. Speaker, does the government not understand that, because it caved in to Alberta quite simply to get some votes, Canada is in the process of gaining the worst reputation on the planet for the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse Gases
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the problem to which the hon. member refers is that of a rapidly expanding Canadian economy. On this side of the House we take pride in the fact that our economy has performed very well. There has been a great increase in the number of jobs in all provinces, including Quebec.

On the other hand we do have to achieve those Kyoto targets. We fully intend to. That is why we are working together with the private sector and the provinces to make sure we do put ourselves on the path to achieve the Kyoto targets of minus 6% of 1990 levels in the years 2008 to 2012.