House of Commons Hansard #186 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was first.

Topics

Landmines
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Raymonde Folco Laval West, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Ottawa convention on landmines comes into force today and becomes international law.

Could the minister explain to the House the changes this law will mean for the people in countries where there has been conflict in recent years?

Landmines
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce today that the international convention is now a permanent part of international law around the world. More importantly, since the time the Ottawa process began, close to 14 million land mines have been destroyed and 98 de-mining projects and 25 countries have been sponsored. The number of casualties has also dropped. What is more important is that basically the export of land mines has stopped.

As the Prime Minister said today, it is a good day for the good guys.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Mike Scott Skeena, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the solicitor general.

According to a secret internal RCMP report, aboriginal militants are stockpiling gasoline bombs, explosives and grenades, possibly even light anti-tank weapons and heavy machine guns.

Will the solicitor general confirm if this report is accurate and, if so, why this highly dangerous situation is allowed to continue?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the RCMP is concerned about any group, aboriginal or non-aboriginal, if it is involved in illegal activities.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Mike Scott Skeena, BC

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is for the solicitor general.

Can he confirm if these reports, made internally by the RCMP, are accurate? Can he confirm that aboriginal militants are stockpiling these kinds of weapons? What is he and the government going to do about it?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, as my hon. colleague is well aware, the report indicated that there was a small number of aboriginals who were possibly involved in these activities. However, any number is unacceptable, whether aboriginal or non-aboriginal.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, a New Brunswick patient is told to cash in her RRSP to pay for a multiple sclerosis drug. A Manitoba family re-mortgages their house and cashes in their life insurance policy to pay for necessary medications. Yet this government finds $3.6 million to advertise its budget that has been reported on over 750 times by the major media outlets.

If this budget is as good as the government claims, why would it spend $3.6 million to advertise it? Why will this government not put all the money into patients, not propaganda?

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Willowdale
Ontario

Liberal

Jim Peterson Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, there is no action taken by government which has a more profound and deep impact on the lives of individual Canadians than a budget. That is why governments throughout history have felt it incumbent upon them in a democratic process to make sure that Canadians understand the very precise implications of every budget.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, is it not interesting that this government will put millions into propaganda but not one penny into advertising the dangers of toxic products used for the storage of blood? It puts $3.6 million into public relations but will not take the teeniest, tiniest step to stop the use of toxic products in the storage of life-giving intravenous fluids and blood.

My question is for the Minister of Health. When will this government start protecting people from dangerous toxins in plastic bags used for the storage and transfusion of blood?

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, the suggestion that such events might be occurring with blood banks was first raised some 15 years ago. At that time there were various studies and they all indicated that there was no health risk. Since then additional studies have confirmed the same findings.

Last week Greenpeace claimed to have other information and last week I directed my officials to meet with the Greenpeace representatives and to take information from them.

We will look at it, obviously with great care. I assure the member that if there is any evidence to indicate that safety is an issue we will act appropriately.

Millenium Scholarship Foundation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

André Bachand Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, there is $2.5 billion in the millennium scholarship fund. There is currently a problem with Quebec. Tens of millions of dollars are not available for the student population in Quebec.

The Minister of Human Resources Development seems not to want to talk to the Quebec minister of education. There is a consensus in Quebec. The National Assembly is in agreement. The students are in agreement. The Liberal Party of Quebec called for it this morning.

Could the minister pick up the telephone and talk to François Legault, the Quebec minister of education, so that the students will at least have a hope of getting quality loans and bursaries for the year 2000 with the millennium scholarship fund?

Millenium Scholarship Foundation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I have seen the motion by Mr. Béchard, the MNA for Kamouraska in the Quebec National Assembly. I am very pleased that the Quebec Liberal Party wants Quebec students to benefit from this program like the other students in Canada.

If the foundation thinks that a spokesperson from my department could help facilitate dialogue between officials with the Quebec system of loans and bursaries and representatives of the foundation, I would be more than delighted to co-operate.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Larry McCormick Hastings—Frontenac—Lennox And Addington, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food met with his provincial counterparts last week to reach agreement on a farm assistance package.

Could the minister inform the House when application forms will be available so that our producers can access these much needed funds?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, it certainly was a great day for Canadian farmers last week when we were able to finalize the details of the agriculture income disaster assistance program. We have reached agreement with nine provinces. It is our optimism that Nova Scotia, the tenth province, will participate as well.

The forms will be on the website at the end of this week. The hard copy will be available shortly after that so that farmers can turn this around and we will then turn them around as quickly as we possibly can.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

March 1st, 1999 / 2:45 p.m.

Reform

Mike Scott Skeena, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the solicitor general.

He says this is just a small problem. Are these small anti-tank guns? Are these just small machine guns? We are not suggesting that all aboriginal people are involved in this.

He says that this is unacceptable. Does he mean by saying it is unacceptable that he will take concrete steps and do something about it?