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.

Topics

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

NDP

John Solomon Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, SK

Mr. Speaker, I am surprised to hear the minister say that because the last meeting of the council of energy ministers was in June 1998.

When the minister does convene a summit I ask that four things be included on the agenda: immediate aid for those who need it; elimination of the GST and/or a reduction in federal fuel taxes; energy conservation components; and an approach to the OPEC cartel to restore oil production levels. Will he put those items on the agenda?

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, with respect to OPEC, the OPEC ministers will be meeting within the next month or so. It is obviously their jurisdiction since Canada is not a member of OPEC. OPEC is very aware of Canada's views which do not support the actions which OPEC takes in the marketplace.

With respect to diesel fuels, it should be noted that most of the consumers of those fuels qualify for such as things as the GST tax credit. The impact of that tax credit has the effect of reducing the burden on consumers.

Industrial Cooperation Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Diane St-Jacques Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister for International Cooperation joined Cabinet on August 3. On what date was she informed of the audit by her staff?

Industrial Cooperation Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Beaches—East York
Ontario

Liberal

Maria Minna Minister for International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, again, I was informed of the CIDA audit in September. I saw it in December, I read it in December, I was briefed on it in December. It was released in December. That is very clear.

With respect to the CIDA situation and CIDA aid, it is important to note that the leader of the Conservative Party had seven years in which to fix the problems of CIDA. He chose not to do that. I have only been there for seven months and I have already implemented 80% of the recommendations and every one of them will be done by June.

Industrial Cooperation Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Diane St-Jacques Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is again for the Minister for International Cooperation.

In the name of transparency and openness, will the minister also provide us with a full list of businesses and projects for which funding was approved between 1997 and 1999?

Industrial Cooperation Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Beaches—East York
Ontario

Liberal

Maria Minna Minister for International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, maybe the hon. members are not listening to this question period at all or are not participating. I just responded to her colleague. Yes, I will table the list tomorrow if the members so wish.

Commemorative Stamp
Oral Question Period

February 24th, 2000 / 2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Mac Harb Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Public Works and Government Services.

Given the tremendous support shown by Canadians to recognize the Queen Mother's 100th birthday, is the minister willing to issue a stamp in her honour?

Commemorative Stamp
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, let me explain the process. The minister for Canada Post does not make that decision. An independent advisory committee decides which stamps are to be issued. The committee met last week and recommended that Canada Post issue a stamp to commemorate the Queen Mother's 100th birthday. Canada Post will issue such a stamp.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Rahim Jaffer Edmonton—Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Human Resources Development refuses to take responsibility for the boondoggle in her department. The same goes for her predecessor. Moreover, the Minister of Finance was in charge of the money throughout that period.

When was the Minister of Finance first informed of the mismanagement and political interference at the Department of Human Resources Development?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member gives me a chance yet again to talk about the undertakings in my department to fix the administrative deficiencies. I remind him that we have worked with outside experts, including the auditor general, to build a plan of action that is going to fix the problem in my department.

I take responsibility for that. I look forward to continuing to inform this place and Canadians on the progress in ensuring that we have strong administration of grants and contributions.

Importation Of Plutonium
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, on January 14, the federal government secretly imported by helicopter plutonium from the United States.

Tuesday, nuclear surveillance groups tabled a legal opinion establishing that Canada had violated its own rules and that it had acted illegally.

Considering that the public is opposed to importing plutonium, what is the Minister of the Environment waiting for to demand that his government at least comply with the process it set up itself?

Importation Of Plutonium
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, the process was respected. The transport shipment complied with all of the requirements of the Atomic Energy Control Board, the transportation packaging of radioactive materials regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Michelle Dockrill Bras D'Or, NS

Mr. Speaker, several questions about Scotia Rainbow have led to either inconsistent answers or no answers at all from the government and its ministers.

Canadians want to know how a $750,000 grant turned into a $2 million cheque. More and more alarming questions arise daily in the community about how much public money was received by Scotia Rainbow and how it is being spent.

If the government has nothing to hide, why does the minister not table today the complete Scotia Rainbow file if she has one? Will she do that?

Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

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