House of Commons Hansard #38 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was nisga'a.

Topics

National Unity
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

That is a hypothetical question. However, if the minister wants to respond, I will permit it.

National Unity
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, one possibility would be to do exactly what was done by the Prime Minister of Canada in 1980.

Prime Minister Trudeau said to Premier Lévesque:

“Mr. Lévesque, if you go the route of sovereignty-association, there will be no negotiation”.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

December 13th, 1999 / 2:55 p.m.

Reform

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, Mackenzie, a small, remote town in the Rocky Mountains, is being discriminated against. Although further north, more isolated and with far less amenities than nearby cities to the southeast, Mackenzie residents do not qualify for the northern residents' tax deduction.

During a visit to my riding last spring the finance minister promised to review this blatantly unfair practice. Will he now correct the problem so that the citizens of Mackenzie can enjoy the same rights and benefits as other northerners?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, when the previous government established these lines, obviously there were those who won and those who did not.

In fact, the hon. member is right. In a meeting with people in his riding I discussed this and we did undertake to review it.

Referendums
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral Laval Centre, QC

Mr. Speaker, when the Prime Minister began his political career, Quebec sovereignty was supported by 6% of voters. At the last referendum, over 49% of people voted in favour of sovereignty.

Given these results, are we to understand that the Prime Minister has come to a conclusion that justifies, in his mind, the tabling of a bill which seeks to put Quebec and its National Assembly in a straitjacket?

Referendums
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is showing just how confusing the whole issue is, because it is obvious—as everyone knows—that on October 30, 1995, separatists did not account for 49% of the Quebec population.

Criminal Code
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice. Last month Robbie Peterson, a young law student in Fredericton, New Brunswick, was brutally attacked on a downtown street simply because he is gay. Similar bashings occur across this land.

When will the minister finally bring forward her long overdue omnibus bill on equality for gays and lesbians? Will she assure the House that the bill will amend the criminal code to outlaw propaganda which promotes violence and hatred based on sexual orientation?

Criminal Code
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows, I had the opportunity to discuss the issue of hate propagated against gays and lesbians with my provincial and territorial colleagues last week.

Let me say that the Attorney General of British Columbia, Ujjal Dosanjh, has brought this issue to my attention. The provinces, the territories and the federal government are working together. We will be the making necessary changes to the criminal code in the coming months.

Natural Resources
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is again for the Minister of Natural Resources. Would the minister kindly explain the reason for the need of a mediator regarding the Nova Scotia—Newfoundland boundary when in 1982 under the Canada-Nova Scotia agreement on offshore oil and gas resource management and revenue sharing such a boundary was defined?

Is the minister saying that he has no faith in the principals of the day who signed the agreement: the then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and his minister of energy who was none other than Jean Chrétien?

Natural Resources
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I always ask members not to use each other's names in the House of Commons. That will terminate question period for today.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, following the Prime Minister's announcement to introduce a bill denying the fundamental rights of Quebecers, I am asking for the unanimous consent of the House to table a document that will enlighten the House.

The document is a very thorough newspaper article published on October 20, which shows the real intentions of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs concerning Quebec's future.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Does the hon. member have leave of the House to table the document?

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga—Maisonneuve, QC

Mr. Speaker, following the Prime Minister's announcement to introduce a bill denying the fundamental rights of Quebecers, I am asking for the unanimous consent of the House to table a document that will enlighten the House.

The document is a partnership agreement between the Parti Quebecois, the Bloc Quebecois and Action démocratique du Québec. This agreement—