House of Commons Hansard #56 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was research.

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Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. I am sure we all want to hear the answer.

Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Gander—Grand Falls
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

George Baker Minister of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Mr. Speaker, speaking of opinions from the local community, yesterday's editorial in a local paper in Cape Breton said: “Now our NDP MP is condemning aid to a fish processing facility here. Many of the workers at that plant have traditionally made their living from the sea. The downturn in the fishery left them and their families destitute. When our elected representative openly condemns aid in this area, then it is time to ask that representative to step down”.

Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. The hon. member for Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough.

Cida
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Peter MacKay Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, NS

Mr. Speaker, the minister for CIDA has selective listening skills. We are looking for the full list. We hope she realizes that.

The CIDA audit that was released and ready in September was not read by her until December. A departmental memo also says “we will make our staff more aware of the role starting in January 2000”, six months before they wanted their employees to know of the audit in the first place. Where was the minister? Is she willing to take responsibility for this unreasonable delay?

Cida
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Beaches—East York
Ontario

Liberal

Maria Minna Minister for International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, I do not know where the member has been the last couple of days. First, I said that I will release the whole list tomorrow. I have said it three times now. I hope he does understand it this time.

Second, the CIDA audit was done. It was reported to me that it was done in September. I was told that it was finished in December. I read it in December. I was briefed in December in my boardroom in Hull and it was released in December. I do not know how more clear than that I can be.

Iran
Oral Question Period

February 24th, 2000 / 2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Bill Graham Toronto Centre—Rosedale, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

A significant shift in the Iranian political landscape has occurred as reformers supportive of President Khatami have scored an overwhelming victory in the Iranian elections. What is Canada's reaction to this election? What will our government do to encourage the reintegration of Iran into the international system?

Iran
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg South Centre
Manitoba

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I think we are all encouraged by the recent political developments. Of course we will do everything we can to support the reform spirit.

I do want to point out—

Iran
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Reform is sweeping the world.

Iran
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Lloyd Axworthy Winnipeg South Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, they have their own ayattolah. They have their own problems.

I would like to point out there are still very serious concerns relating to the detention of Baha'is for religious purposes and the detention of Iranian Jews for purposes that simply are unfounded. We hope the new parliament will take steps to respond to our entreaties to let those people go.

Hockey
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Independent

John Nunziata York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice regarding violence in hockey.

All Canadians were appalled by the vicious assault in an NHL game in Vancouver a few days ago.

Can the Minister of Justice explain why there is one standard of justice for NHL players and another for ordinary Canadians? Can the minister explain why the criminal code for which she is responsible is not enforced in NHL rinks?

Hockey
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I think everyone in the House condemns violence in hockey. I would hope the hon. member knows that the enforcement of the criminal code rests with local provincial law enforcement agencies. Therefore, local police should be investigating this event. In fact it will be a decision of the provincial prosecutor as to whether or not charges are laid and a prosecution takes place. That is not within our jurisdiction.

Hockey
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Independent

John Nunziata York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, the minister is responsible for the criminal law. Surely she must be concerned that the criminal code for which she is responsible is not enforced equally across Canada.

May I put this question to the minister: Will she urge provincial attorneys general to apply the criminal law equally across the country?

Hockey
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, there is no evidence that provincial attorneys general are not enforcing the criminal law across the country, be it in a hockey rink or on the streets.

I would ask the hon. member to direct his question to the relevant attorney general.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Diane Ablonczy Calgary—Nose Hill, AB

Mr. Speaker, the human resources minister's words about a plan of action are laughable. CANDO got nothing from her but inaction.

Another of the minister's favourite lines is “no money is missing”. Even while she kept repeating that, she had an urgent e-mail and fax on her desk that said the complete opposite.

Why should Canadians have any faith in what this minister says?