House of Commons Hansard #94 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was citizenship.

Topics

Acoa
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Gander—Grand Falls
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, members of the official opposition gave an example yesterday of this unknown category—

Acoa
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley, BC

Are you going to answer the question?

Acoa
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

George Baker Gander—Grand Falls, NL

I am answering the question. They gave an example as Bombardier ACOA grant unknown and then they said Mirabel, Quebec. That was a loan. It has been paid back. It set up a business in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It employs over 30 people. The only unknown thing here is where the opposition is getting this terrible information.

Acoa
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Charlie Penson Peace River, AB

Well, Mr. Speaker, the similarities between the ACOA minister and the human resources minister are becoming more obvious every day.

Both hand out millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Both kind of know where the money went. They just cannot figure out why it went to those agencies: $19 million under rationale unknown. If ACOA cannot explain why the money is needed, why does the minister continue to write the cheques?

Acoa
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Gander—Grand Falls
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, they also claim that 58% of the money from ACOA goes to big business.

Statistics Canada did a study in 1997. It examined over 6,000 ACOA clients. It found that 92% of the money goes to small and medium size businesses. Who do we believe, the reform alliance or Statistics Canada?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

May 10th, 2000 / 2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is unbelievable that the Department of Human Resources Development, which has an army of public servants, which has access to all kinds of documents and which has the power to investigate and audit, still paid $700,000 for the transfer of jobs.

How can the minister display so much ignorance and incompetence in this matter, when a simple audit would have shown that the payment of the $700,000 to Modes Conili was totally unjustified?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Oakville
Ontario

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, over the last few days the party opposite has brought to the House's attention some new information.

At the present time the department is reviewing that new information. If any additional steps are necessary on this file they will be taken promptly.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. No one in the department was able to obtain letters signed by the presidents of the two companies and received by all the employees, the same employees who were laid off, who applied for employment insurance benefits and who were hired by the new company.

Is this not further proof of the total incompetence of this government in the management of the Department of Human Resources Development?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Oakville
Ontario

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is trying to get a second day's news out of yesterday's news.

This is exactly the information that we are now reviewing as a department. Steps will be taken if the information suggests they should be.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is both funny and sad.

There are always documents missing in the files obtained under the Access to Information Act. In the case of Placeteco, it was the invoices and in the case of Modes Conili it is the report that could support the government's claims.

If everything is so perfect for the government, why does it not have the documents to prove its claims?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Oakville
Ontario

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, the access to information process is there at arm's length from the government. The party opposite has chosen to go that route.

The member knows there are legal requirements that must be followed when publicly releasing personal or business information. I am confident that all the information the member is requesting that can be released will be released, as is the usual practice.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is much simpler than that. No jobs were created at Modes Conili. Employees were simply transferred from one plant to the other.

When will the government ask the recipient to repay the grant?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Oakville
Ontario

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, as I have already said, the department is reviewing this information as we speak. If action is necessary, it will be taken.

Cbc
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

NDP

Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister. CBC's corporate plan states “to be national one must first be regional”. Yet today English regional television is being gutted: in Nova Scotia, 220 staff reduced to 145; in New Brunswick, 48 to 9; P.E.I., 36 to 6; Newfoundland, 85 down to 35; Hear and Now , Newfoundland's highly successful local news program, gone.

Why has the government abandoned its commitment to build a strong national broadcaster by building on strong regional programming?

Cbc
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Ottawa—Vanier
Ontario

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, the government is not abandoning the CBC at all. The government has stood by the mandate of CBC.

I encourage the member of parliament opposite, her constituents and the constituents of all members, if they have concerns about the plans of the CBC, to express those concerns to the members of the board or to the president of CBC before the decision is made, because it has not yet been made.