House of Commons Hansard #113 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was pension.

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Canada World Youth Exchange Program
Statements By Members

1:55 p.m.

Liberal

Ovid Jackson Bruce—Grey, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate the town of Durham on its participation in the Canada World Youth Exchange Program with Thailand.

This is a seven month program in which young people from each community spend some time learning the culture and the language before going back to their respective communities.

Durham is a great little town in Ontario that will show great hospitality to the students from Thailand. I know that the experiences shared by the families, the people who participate, and the students will enrich their lives and make our world a better place.

Syria
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Sarkis Assadourian Brampton Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, people of Syria are in mourning following the sudden death of President Hafez al-Assad. The funeral of the late president of Syria was held today at his birthplace, the village of Quardaha in northern Syria. Dignitaries from around the world, including our Minister of Foreign Affairs, are paying their respects to the late leader.

As the first Syrian born Canadian member of parliament, I ask my colleagues to join me in extending condolences to the people of Syria and the al-Assad family. I hope that a peaceful transition of power will contribute to the ongoing peace process in the Middle East.

The Environment
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, Canadians treasure their coastline and sea which are rich in natural beauty and resources. Each year thousands of oil spills are reported along the 40,000 kilometres of Atlantic coastline and many more go unreported. In concert with the navy, the Canadian forces air crews based in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and Comox, British Columbia, help to protect these treasures.

On May 30 the men and women at 14 Wing Greenwood received an Environment Canada award in recognition of the vigilant surveillance of Canada's Atlantic coastline and sea approaches and their remarkable success in tracking, identifying and photographing polluting ships.

I rise today to recognize the valuable contribution of the 14 Wing Greenwood air crew, as well as 19 Wing Comox, because we and our children can continue to enjoy the benefits of our natural marine wonders that remain the envy of the world.

Grain Transportation
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Reform

Howard Hilstrom Selkirk—Interlake, MB

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals claim that they have reformed the grain handling and transportation system. They are oh, so wrong.

Witness after witness at the agriculture committee hearings and transportation hearings stated that the only way to fix the broken system was to introduce true commercial accountability. The Liberals have ignored this advice.

Almost every witness at committee stated that the deal negotiated in secret between the Canadian Wheat Board and its minister would not increase commercial accountability and would increase the control of the Canadian Wheat Board over grain transportation.

This is exactly opposite to the recommendations made by the government's own experts. With this so-called reform package, the Liberals have guaranteed that the grain handling and transportation system will fail again as it did during the 1993-94 and 1996-97 crop years. Once again farmers will be forced to pay for Liberal inadequacies.

Bombardier
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Bernard Patry Pierrefonds—Dollard, QC

Mr. Speaker, last Friday we learned some good news relating to Bombardier.

This local company has just landed a $2 billion contract with GE Capital Aviation Services, or GECAS, for up to 150 regional jets.

The agreement with Bombardier comprises a firm $1.96 billion order for 50 planes. This is the first significant order from an aircraft-leasing firm. Included in the contract are 15 50-seater Regional Jets, 25 70-seaters, and 10 new 90-seaters which are still being developed.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in the year 2002 and to run until late 2006. Counting the 100 aircraft on option, the value of the contract with GECAS will total $5.87 billion.

Our congratulations to the management and workers of this company, which is a jewel in the economy of Quebec and of Canada, and our best wishes for the fulfilment of this major contract.

Regional Pride Week
Statements By Members

June 13th, 2000 / 2 p.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to draw hon. members' attention to the fact that this is regional pride week in Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean. It is an opportunity for all residents of the region to show their attachment to their history and their culture. The regional flag and anthem will hold pride of place in the celebrations.

This will be the last time Paul Lemieux will chair the event. As honorary chairman of regional pride week, he has devoted eight years to its success. I am sure that his departure will leave a big empty space in the organization of the event.

On behalf of all the people of Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean, I wish Mr. Lemieux all the best in his future endeavours. I will take advantage of this opportunity to also pass my best wishes for an excellent regional pride week to all the people of Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean.

Job Creation
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Raymonde Folco Laval West, QC

Mr. Speaker, on Friday, Statistics Canada announced an unemployment rate of 6.8% for April, the lowest level since April 1976.

In the past 12 months, the number of full time jobs has increased significantly—by 3.1%.

These performances are encouraging. They clearly indicate that the climate remains favourable for investors.

Canada is a country of choice to create jobs and develop projects for all regions. This picture also means that the Liberal government's economic and financial policies are producing solid results. Nearly two million new jobs have been created under the Liberal government since it took office in 1993.

This is a particularly fine job creation performance.

Impaired Driving
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Reform

Dick Harris Prince George—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-18, which enables judges to impose a life sentence for the serious crime of impaired driving causing death, completed report stage debate this morning and will be voted on this evening, clearing the final hurdle for passage at third reading.

Impaired driving is an issue I have been working on for the last four and a half years. I thank my colleagues in the Canadian Alliance for the tremendous support in my efforts. I also thank all of my colleagues in the House of Commons who helped to bring this legislation to fruition.

The Canadian Alliance has placed Bill C-18 high on its priority list for passage before the summer recess. The government leader has given assurance that the bill will be passed before the summer recess. The Canadian Alliance, the Canadian public and government members, I assume, all urge the government to ensure that this important bill is passed before the House recesses.

Member For Lac-Saint-Louis
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Yvon Charbonneau Anjou—Rivière-Des-Prairies, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to draw the attention of this House to the honour given one of our members recently for his commitment to environmental issues.

On May 25, our colleague, the member for Lac-Saint-Louis and chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, was admitted to the Cercle des Phénix de l'environnement et du développement durable.

This tribute to our colleague, an eminent architect of sustainable development, by the entire environmental community of Quebec crowns many years of commitment to the environment.

Everyone in Quebec will remember that our colleague served as minister of the environment for Quebec from 1985 to 1988 and everyone knows that he is the author of Quebec's first environmental policy focused resolutely on conservation.

In closing, I recall that the basic message of our colleague, the recipient of the Phénix environment award, is as follows: “Sustainable development must be the cornerstone of Canada's economic growth”.

Long life to the member for Lac-Saint-Louis.

Health
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, the verdict is in and Albertans do not trust Liberals to fight against private for profit hospitals. Yesterday Brian Mason won an Edmonton byelection with almost 60% of the votes, a convincing victory for the Alberta NDP and a resounding vote of confidence for the only party that fights against for profit health care.

The Liberals barely squeaked ahead of the Klein candidate. If it was not clear to Liberals before it should be clear now. Canadians want the spirit of the Canada Health Act protected.

In question period yesterday the health minister said that he would never allow a private for profit health care system. If he will never allow it, why is bill 11 law? What has he done to stop for profit hospitals? He is going down in history as the minister who allowed them.

Albertans know it. They are tired of the minister's syrupy statements and empty words. They want a real Ralph Klein fighter so they voted NDP. Congratulations to Brian Mason and his winning team.

Jason Arnott
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Bonwick Simcoe—Grey, ON

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay tribute a great Canadian, Jason Arnott. Jason, who needs no introduction to hockey fans across the country, happens to be a local boy from Wasaga Beach where he began his hockey career in the minor hockey system. He then went on to play for the Stayner Siskins as well as teams from Lindsay and Oshawa where he was a member of the 1990 Memorial Cup champions.

Following this he played for the Edmonton Oilers until 1997 when he joined the New Jersey Devils. Then on June 10, Jason scored the winning goal during the second period of overtime against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup finals.

Throughout his incredible career Jason has never lost sight of his roots. He continues to be a huge supporter of local charities in Wasaga Beach including minor hockey.

I know I speak on behalf of his parents, Bill and Eileen, the town of Wasaga Beach, the Parliament of Canada and all Canadians when I extend congratulation and thanks to Jason Arnott. Today Canada recognizes him as one of its finest hockey sons. By the way, Lord Stanley's Cup will soon visit Wasaga Beach. I say congratulations to Jason.

Note Festival
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Diane St-Jacques Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, on Saturday, a unique musical event, the Note Festival, will be held in my riding. Music students aged 2 to 97, from all regions of Quebec, may take part in this friendly competition.

For the ninth year, on June 17, over 300 participants will entertain 3,000 spectators who will let themselves be carried by the sound of music.

The purpose of Note Festival is to discover talents and to provide an opportunity for artists to meet and, more importantly, to improve, since each participant is evaluated.

It is a great musical party organized with dedication and competence by an army of volunteers, with the financial support of socioeconomic and sociocultural partners from the Granby region.

This great event is the brainchild of Aline Couture Paré, who has an unconditional love for music and who has been in charge of the festival since the beginning. That musical event helps her transmit this love that is carried by each note during this wonderful festival.

I wish the best of success to the ninth edition of Note Festival.

Bill C-20
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Bloc

Daniel Turp Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-20 has yet to be adopted, but it continues to draw serious criticism.

Yesterday, Claude Ryan strongly criticized the bill when he said:

Because it reduces the National Assembly to the rank of an inferior parliament, because it reflects a deep distrust of the Quebec democracy, because it suggests that Quebec sovereignists are seditious people who must be kept under surveillance, this bill is humiliating for the parliamentarians who sit in Quebec City and for the people whom they represent.

Even if Bill C-20 is passed by the current Liberal senators and those whom the Prime Minister will have to appoint to ensure that it is indeed passed, that will not give it the legitimacy it lacked when passed by this House.

This gag law will never deprive Quebecers of their right to choose their destiny, because Quebec is free, and the Quebec nation is sovereign.

Canadian Nurses Association
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Rey D. Pagtakhan Winnipeg North—St. Paul, MB

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Nurses Association begins this weekend in Vancouver its biennial convention with the federal Minister of Health as keynote speaker. Its theme “Nursing in the 21st Century: Challenge and Change” is timely not only for the nursing profession but also for Canada's health care system.

Canadians know that when they come face to face with their health needs, whether in the ER or ICU, the acute or convalescent ward, the outpatient clinic, community centre or at home, they come with the reality of availability of access. Nurses play a critical role as health care providers. We cannot allow as a nation that their leading role be compromised. Caring and competence are non-negotiable attributes. Therefore governments have a duty to provide the needed resources.

Even as the Government of Canada shares a partnership in commitment to see our health care system attuned to the realities of the new century, I am confident that the Canadian Nurses Association will share with all Canadians the wisdom of its collective experience. Let us wish our nurses success during their weekend convention.

Canadian Executive Service Organization
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

John Herron Fundy Royal, NB

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Executive Service Organization or CESO is a Canadian volunteer based not for profit organization founded in 1967. Its mission is to supply Canadian advisers and trainers to emerging businesses and organizations in Canada and worldwide that cannot access paid consulting services.

My constituent, Mr. Cornelis Hoogveen, from Rothesay, New Brunswick, was a CESO volunteer. He went to Slovakia to assist in the management of a dairy company in need of help. Cornelis was asked to assess the dairy's operations and marketing and the co-operation between dairy farmers and processors.

While Cornelis was on site the final stages of privatization were taking place and his first task involved putting in place a new company structure. He recommended reducing distribution costs by streamlining the order department and hiring a distribution supervisor. A wage increase system was also put in place and an organizational chart developed.

Cornelis expects that the implementation of his recommendations and staff training will result in a reduction in duplication and waste as well as an increase in sales and profits. I thank Mr. Hoogveen.