House of Commons Hansard #132 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

Auditor General's Report
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, what the member likes to overlook is that this government, over the course of the last two and a half years, has put over $1.7 billion into efforts to compensate and to treat those afflicted with hepatitis C because of the blood system.

As a physician, this member should appreciate the initiative taken by the government to rebuild and strengthen the Canadian health care system. All those across the country who will ever require health care will recognize the efforts we have made to rebuild and strengthen public medicare.

Child Poverty
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, it is awfully tempting to ask the Liberals why they think that the new look reformers have almost no questions about their budget, but I think we know the answer. They are happy as proverbial pigs in the barnyard with the budget.

New Democrats do have questions about the budget and so do a lot of Canadians.

This government was elected because it promised to eradicate child poverty. It did not promise big tax breaks for big banks.

I have a question for the Prime Minister. Why did he chose big breaks for his country club friends and no breaks for this country's poorest children?

Child Poverty
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the child tax credit that was initiated by this government is the most revolutionary system we have had to ensure that poor children and families receive money. In yesterday's mini-budget the minister has given other incentives and help to the people at the bottom of the ladder.

I can understand the frustration of the leader of the NDP. She can attack as much as she wants but the people of Canada are very happy with the balanced approach we have. We do not believe that the government should do everything alone. We need the private sector, but at the same time we know that we cannot give everything to the private sector. We take the Canadian way, the Liberal way.

Child Poverty
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister knows that not one poor child in this country will have the benefit of the child tax benefit because the rules that this government put in place allow the provinces to claw back every stinking cent of those tax benefits.

This government was elected because it promised affordable housing. It did not promise tax breaks so that its wealthy friends could renovate their mansions.

Why did the Prime Minister chose to increase capital gains exemptions instead of increasing the—

Child Poverty
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. Minister of Finance.

Child Poverty
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, earlier today the Prime Minister cited Roy Romanow in favour of the budget. If I could simply cite Paul Ramsay, the B.C. finance minister, clearly British Columbians are going to have more money in their wallets. We believe it is crucial to give working families and individuals opportunities.

The question really is how come the NDP across the country gets it and the leader of the NDP in the House does not?

Job Creation
Oral Question Period

3:15 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Jean Dubé Madawaska—Restigouche, NB

Mr. Speaker, on February 7, the Minister of Human Resources Development told the House that over 30,000 Canadians had found work thanks to the transitional jobs fund. This is in contradiction with the statement by the Auditor General of Canada to the effect that he is unable to determine the number of jobs created, because the department's files are in such a terrible state.

Can the minister tell us where these figures come from or did they just come out of thin air?

Job Creation
Oral Question Period

3:15 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, indeed that number came from an independent review by a reputable third party. The auditor general himself has said jobs were created. There is discussion over how many, but it is clear that these programs have had a very important impact in high unemployment areas across the country.

We recognize that we have to do a better job keeping our data and we will because it is part of our action plan.

Rcmp
Oral Question Period

3:15 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Peter MacKay Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, NS

Mr. Speaker, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ruled that the provincial court has the jurisdiction to hear six labour charges arising out of the tragic drowning of RCMP Constable François Carrière in December 1997.

These charges state that the RCMP failed to train, equip and supervise Carrière during his underwater drug search. Now the RCMP are once again seeking a court order to stop the trial on a jurisdictional and technical basis to avoid answering the merits of the case.

My question is for the solicitor general. This will be his final question in the House. Will he, rather than hiding behind procedural delays to dull the sword of justice, let this matter proceed to trial?

Rcmp
Oral Question Period

3:15 p.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, this is a tragic situation and I assure my hon. colleague this is not my last answer in the House.

I take this matter very serious. My hon. colleague is also aware that this is before the courts.

Ways And Means
Government Orders

October 19th, 2000 / 3:20 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

moved that a ways and means motion to amend the Income Tax Act, laid upon the table on Wednesday, October 18, be concurred in.

Ways And Means
Government Orders

3:20 p.m.

The Speaker

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Ways And Means
Government Orders

3:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Ways And Means
Government Orders

3:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

No.

Ways And Means
Government Orders

3:20 p.m.

The Speaker

All those in favour of the motion will please say yea.