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

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, she got the question wrong.

I would like to ask the Prime Minister how, as this term comes to an end—it is probably the last time he will be answering one of our questions on this topic—he can claim that the administration is blameless, that the government is blameless, when we have just discovered in a memo that, as of September 6, his government was under police investigation in 21 cases, four of them in his riding? And I am not including Placeteco in the 21, because that investigation has been completed.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we have said repeatedly that there were problems and that we were trying to do something about them.

As I told the Leader of the Opposition, these things happen in all public administrations. If I may I would like to cite a passage from the June 2000 report of the auditor general of Quebec, which had this to say with respect to acquisitions of services under the PQ government:

In addition, 58% of cases included violations of significant clauses in the contract and yet no memos were on file to explain these anomalies.

And with respect to Emploi-Québec:

In addition, we noted a perverse effect in the [manpower training] fund management—

It reads further:

Follow-up done by Emploi-Québec after grants are made—

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. The hon. member for Calgary Centre.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Reform

Eric C. Lowther Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, early in the 1990s the auditor general told the government that there were major mismanagement problems with HRDC grants and contributions. Later in the 1990s, the auditor general told the government again but we had the same problems and no solutions in sight.

What do we see in in this new century? We see a mismanagement meltdown reported by the auditor general.

If financial mismanagement has not been fixed in seven years, is it not true that the true legacy of the Liberal government is that it has no respect for taxpayer dollars?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, what the auditor general said in his commentary is that we are making, and I quote, “good progress”.

The auditor general said that what we should do is to make today's extraordinary undertaking routine.

I commit to the Canadian people that we will do just that, because on this side of the House we believe in grants and contributions. On that side of the House, we know they would cut every one of them. For us, we want to ensure the integrity of the system, and we will do just that.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Eric C. Lowther Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I am concerned that the minister has not even read the AG's report because here is what he did say. He said that problems in managing grants and contributions worsened in the nineties, and then he said that audits later in the 1990s showed persistent problems identified previously. In this current report, he said that there were breaches in authority, payments made improperly, very limited monitoring of finances and activities and approvals not based on established processes.

Is it not time after almost a decade that the government admits that it has no respect for taxpayer dollars?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we have replied to those questions for months. Members of the opposition, and this hon. member in particular, were asking for money from the department. Listen to what I have here. His own riding has received $30 million.

I would like the member to go to his riding and tell the people who received this money, such as the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation, that it will not receive anything any more; the Employment Leadership Council for Youth, nothing any more; the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, nothing any more; the YMCA of Calgary, nothing at all; The Arthritis Society, nothing at all; and Scouts Canada, nothing at all. I can go on and on.

Cinar
Oral Question Period

October 19th, 2000 / 3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

Mr. Speaker, a number of things indicate that negotiations between CINAR and Revenue Canada to reach an agreement on the amount the company owes Revenue Canada are proceeding apace.

Can the Minister of National Revenue guarantee that this agreement will not mean the dismissal of all potential fraud proceedings against CINAR directors or former directors?

Cinar
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Martin Cauchon Minister of National Revenue and Secretary of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)

Mr. Speaker, under the Income Tax Act, all matters relating to taxpayers are, by nature, confidential.

Economic Policy
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Réginald Bélair Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, in yesterday's economic statement the Minister of Finance announced a new flow-through shares program to ensure that mineral deposits will be discovered in northern Canada.

Can the minister expand on how the junior exploration companies, as well as investors, will benefit from this great initiative?

Economic Policy
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, there are two things that are very important about this. First, clearly there is an incentive here that will encourage exploration in northern Canada. That will take place as a result of this incentive.

What is equally important, in fact more important, is the fact that this arose not out of an initiative in the Department of finance, but directly as a result of the hard work and dedication of members on this side of the House, members of parliament who would not give up, who did the basic research work, who met with the industry and the workers, and who took on a challenge and accomplished it. I congratulate those members. They are responsible for what happened in yesterday's budget.

Auditor General's Report
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Reform

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, I just gathered a few quotes from yesterday's headlines: “HRDC Scandal”, “Abuse Serious and Widespread”, “PM Won't Apologize”, a word the Prime Minister does not like, “Boondoggle”, and “Taxpayers Funds Were Wasted”.

Why did the Prime Minister allow that wasteful spending instead of putting it toward the forgotten victims of hepatitis C?

Auditor General's Report
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I draw the hon. member's attention to this release from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. It states:

The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) expressed enthusiastic support for the federal government's fiscal strategy as outlined in today's mini-budget, which supplements the 2000 federal budget. “We're impressed by the government's plan to respond to both the short and long-term needs of Canadians...”

Here are some people who know what they are talking about, unlike the hon. member.

Auditor General's Report
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Reform

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, I do not think he even knows what I asked.

Let me ask then for Joey Haché. This is somebody I think the Prime Minister will remember. This is what Joey Haché had to say, “When I presented my petition to the Prime Minister he said he did not have any more money for special interest groups”. Joey Haché said “I am not a special interest group, I am sick from hepatitis C”.

Why did the Prime Minister spend money on wasteful things instead of giving some money to the forgotten victims of hepatitis C like Joey Haché and those who he represents. Why?