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 agreed.

Topics

Treasury Board
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, cost recovery by the Government of Canada is implemented all the time after large consultations with stakeholders, through economic impact and according to a fair and transparent process. Right now there is a review of the policies which will involve everyone, including parliamentarians, businesses, consumers, NGOs, federal departments and agencies that are concerned by this.

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

December 13th, 1999 / 2:40 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, according to Saturday's media reports a man lost his life off the coast of Newfoundland while a coast guard rescue ship was preparing for a lavish party for Correctional Service Canada officials.

Why does the coast guard put a higher priority on parties rather than saving lives?

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, the women and men take pride in the work they do and they do an excellent job when it comes to search and rescue.

As I said to the House last week, search and rescue is a priority for the coast guard and our rescue centre. There was a young man who lost his life on the shoreline in Newfoundland. The RCMP, the coast guard, as well as a DND helicopter responded according to the guidelines. They made every effort to respond to the situation.

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, let me remind the minister of his statement in Hansard last week. He said: “Mr. Speaker, I want to make it very clear to the members that no lives were at risk at any time”. Well, a person drowned.

What I want to know from the minister is why are they using coast guard ships for parties? Where are their priorities?

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, it is typical of the Reform Party to use such sleazy tactics in a very—

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. I ask the hon. minister to withdraw “sleazy”.

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Vancouver South—Burnaby, BC

Mr. Speaker, I withdraw it.

As I said last week, no lives were at risk. The coast guard ship Cape Roger attended to this as soon as it was alerted. The RCMP, which has jurisdiction because of the action on the shoreline, responded, and the DND helicopter from Gander also responded. They responded exactly in accordance with the rescue standards which we have established in this country.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, on Friday the Alberta government replied to the health minister's questions about its move toward a privatized two-tier health care system.

If members have had a chance to look at the reply they will see that it does not allay Canadians' fears one bit that the Alberta plan will erode our public universal health care system. Yet, Alberta sees no problems and still plans to proceed.

Does the health minister find Alberta's answers to his questions satisfactory? If not, what action will the government take to keep Alberta from unilaterally destroying our public health care system?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, we have received the letter from Minister Jonson of Alberta and it is under consideration. We will react to it as soon as we have completed our examination of it.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, we would like a little more information. This is an urgent situation. On the one hand the minister stands to defend medicare and says that he will protect our universal health care system, and on the other hand we have the Liberal dominated finance committee whose members tell us that the government will not be spending its surplus on much needed money for our health care system.

What are Canadians to believe, the nice empty words of the health minister or the contradictory financial policies of the government that are driving us toward privatized two-tier health care just as surely as any provincial government policy today?

Can the health minister tell us whether his government will back up the Canada Health Act with financial resources?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, a few months ago this government gave Canadians 11.5 billion reasons to believe in our commitment to medicare.

At that time the Minister of Finance said when he tabled the budget in the House that as our balance sheet improves we will do more. That is a commitment that Canadians can take very seriously.

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Charlie Power St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, I listened attentively to the answer of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to the question just asked.

I ask the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans if anybody has been disciplined for taking the search and rescue vessel J. E. Bernier off active search and rescue duty. Nobody can tell me that the lives of Newfoundlanders were not at risk when that vessel went out on a cruise. Has anybody been disciplined?

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, as I said last week, we have informed our managers that what happened on the J. E. Bernier was not acceptable. However, let me say that the Cape Roger , which was in the vicinity, was the closest coast guard vessel to respond to the rescue centre, along with the RCMP and the Canadian forces' helicopter from Gander.

All the standards were fulfilled. Unfortunately the young man, Mr. Collins, died. I think all members of the House would want to express their condolences to Mr. Anthony Collins' family.

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Charlie Power St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, the minister is not getting the right information from his officials in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Cape Roger did not respond to the search and rescue. The Cape Roger was going offshore 200 miles for conservation duty, and when this tragedy occurred it had to come back to the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador.

It was 4.09 p.m. when the distress call came in. The cruise started at 5 p.m. Why was the cruise not cancelled and the J. E. Bernier put back on search and rescue?