House of Commons Hansard #115 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was federal.

Topics

Francophone Athletes
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Caroline St-Hilaire Longueuil, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is all very fine for the secretary of state to speak to us of agreements he has signed making knowledge of French a criterion. It is all very well for him to boast of his work as a minister but will he admit that these agreements will not be valid unless an obligation is also in place for trainers and coaches to be bilingual?

Speaking French must not be just any old criterion but an obligation.

Francophone Athletes
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bourassa
Québec

Liberal

Denis Coderre Secretary of State (Amateur Sport)

Mr. Speaker, may I take this opportunity, since we are finishing today, to extend the best wishes of the Government of Canada to the Quebec and Canadian athletes who are going to represent us so well at the next Olympics.

I will be at the opening ceremonies. I have a memorandum of agreement and everything will be in both official languages.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

June 15th, 2000 / 2:40 p.m.

Reform

Darrel Stinson Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, now that the scope of the mismanagement in HRDC has come to light and created the dismantling of the department in the government's attempt to cover its tracks, my question is, without HRDC how does the Liberal government plan on financing its next election campaign?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

That question is beyond the competence of the government and is out of order.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, René Fugère lobbied for a TJF grant for a hotel in Shawinigan. Fugère is an unregistered lobbyist being investigated by the RCMP. Ten days after the first $100,000 was received, the hotel cut a cheque for $11,500 to Mr. Fugère.

My question is for the Prime Minister. Was October 25, 1993 the day that kickbacks became acceptable?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

In my view, that question is also out of order but the hon. government House leader may reply.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, both questions just asked beg the following answer. In a recent Hill Times article the member for Prince George—Peace River said that one of the reasons he supported changing the name of his party to the Canadian Alliance was that “it seemed to hold out the promise for more corporate contributions”.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

We can see the difficulty the House can get into when questions are out of order.

Persons With Disabilities
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral Laval Centre, QC

Mr. Speaker, since May 26, disabled youth in Quebec taking part in the federal opportunities fund for persons with disabilities have been without jobs.

As a result of the new accountability rules imposed unilaterally by Human Resources Development Canada, all participants in the fund's various programs—more than 1,200 people—will lose their jobs by June 30.

Given the uncertainty in which these 1,200 people find themselves, what measures does the minister have planned to help keep them in the labour market, apart from EI?

Persons With Disabilities
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, the question gives me the opportunity to share with the House the importance of the opportunities fund, a fund that makes sure that Canadians with disabilities have the chance to get employment opportunities.

If I understand the question properly, the hon. member has raised the issue about a certain organization in the province of Quebec before. We continue to work with that organization in support of disabled Canadians.

Surely, however, she wants to ensure that accountability structures are appropriate.

Firearms Act
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Larry McCormick Hastings—Frontenac—Lennox And Addington, ON

Mr. Speaker, today the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the reference regarding the Firearms Act.

Can the Minister of Justice tell the House what this decision means to Canadians?

Firearms Act
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to say that today the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously confirmed the constitutional validity of the Firearms Act.

Firearms Act
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Firearms Act
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Anne McLellan Edmonton West, AB

Mr. Speaker, I am particularly pleased because this is a victory for all Canadians and it is a victory for public safety.

We on this side of the House know that the firearms registry and licensing system enjoys the support of the vast majority of Canadians.

At this point, I would ask all Canadians who are firearms owners and users to comply, and in particular, I would ask our friends in the official opposition—