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 health.

Topics

Gun Registry
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Bloc

Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral Laval Centre, QC

Mr. Speaker, in France on May 19, at the Carambolimages film festival, the Basket d'Or trophy was won by a film called “Une mystérieuse odeur de pin”.

It was produced by an alternative school in Laval, Le Baluchon, and was judged by an international jury made up of 10,000 children. It won over the next submission by 900 votes.

This adventure, wholly conceived and produced by primary school pupils, is a wonderful illustration of children's extraordinary capacity to combine fun, creativity and performance.

I am pleased to extend the congratulations of the Bloc Quebecois to the young creators of “Une mystérieuse odeur de pin”. I also wish to congratulate their teacher, Christian Desjardins, for his excellent guidance and the parents, François Tardif in particular, for their invaluable support. With their belief in the genius of childhood, they have contributed to the creation of a magical project.

To all the Baluchon school team, bravo! We are proud of you all.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

NDP

Michelle Dockrill Bras D'Or, NS

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the performance of the the Minister responsible for ACOA around Scotia Rainbow was an embarrassment to not only Canadians but to his own caucus colleagues. He referred to a petition signed by what is left of the Liberal Party in Cape Breton, clearly showing that where Scotia Rainbow is concerned the government has everything to hide.

Let us review Mr. Lafrenière's track record: two companies bankrupt, one company in receivership, rubber cheques to employees and others, and environmental disasters in Quebec and Nova Scotia. The ACOA minister has overlooked this and instead considered his Liberal connections: a picture with the Prime Minister, an $8,000 donation to the Liberal Party, and using company time and staff to assemble lawn signs for Liberal campaigns. Mr. Lafrenière may be a good Liberal but it appears he is not a good businessman.

The government should ask for a refund for its dance lessons because, try as it might, it can no longer do the two step around Scotia Rainbow.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Edmonton North
Alberta

Reform

Deborah Grey Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, I got the sense yesterday that a certain veterans affairs minister was just a little too excited about answering HRDC questions. He must have already heard about the cabinet shuffle.

Liberal sources say, though, that the government is finally admitting defeat and demoting the HRDC minister and dismantling, or at least masking, the boondoggle of the jobs fund. They also said, though, that the government is looking for new ways to spend money on job creation in Quebec.

Are there still any unemployed friends of the Prime Minister in Shawinigan?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the minister of human resources has done a great job, but the sanctimonious opposition is always complaining.

I see that in the riding of Bonaventure—Gaspé—Îles-de-la-Madeleine—Pabok it has sold 2,800 memberships, and everybody says that is as phony as a $3 bill. The Leader of the Opposition is a responsible person in the House of Commons. When there is such a flagrant abuse of democratic rights, I hope she will have an inquiry about it and she will call in the RCMP.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Edmonton North
Alberta

Reform

Deborah Grey Leader of the Opposition

I think that is a great idea, Mr. Speaker. Canadians would like to say thanks a billion. Let me refer to what is a famous quote by now:

—when we form government, every Minister in the Cabinet that I will be presiding over will have to take full responsibility...If there is any bungling in the department, nobody will be singled out. The Minister will have to take the responsibility.

That was this Prime Minister in 1991 when he was sitting right here. Is that why he is finally getting around to demoting the HRDC minister?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, it is because of what I said in those days and because I kept my word that I moved from there to here.

It is because the member has a reputation of throwing dirt in the House of Commons about anything, without any consideration for the reputation of anybody, that she will move out of that seat very soon.

We will keep defending the programs that have been put in place by the government to help the poor, the people who need help in our society.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Edmonton North
Alberta

Reform

Deborah Grey Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, let me assure the Prime Minister that I will be keeping it warm for him. I promise.

The Prime Minister is planning on dismantling HRDC in a desperate attempt to hide the mess created by the entire government and the HRDC minister, but it is too little too late. The government's bungling and boondoggling have caused taxpayers billions of dollars so far. How in the world would a cabinet shuffle ever change that?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, they have only one problem. They take this one little problem and when their leadership was asked to look into what is obviously a fraud they said they would do nothing.

They have one problem and they cannot handle it. We have thousands of problems, and we are solving them on this side of the House.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Diane Ablonczy Calgary—Nose Hill, AB

Mr. Speaker, today there is a new HRDC fiasco. A Sault Ste. Marie firm that got nearly $1 million from HRDC over the last year has now closed its doors.

HRDC says it does not know where the public's $1 million went, or even whether the company met the terms of the grant. Once again the minister has been caught asleep at the switch. The boondoggle just never ends.

This session began with the human resources minister running away from questions about her competence. Why is it ending the same way?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I am very happy to review the facts of the last six months. I want to remind the House that it was this government that brought the results of the internal audit forward, not because anybody told us we had to but because we believe in openness and transparency.

I want to remind the House that the Department of Human Resources Development Canada has committed to the Canadian public that it will fix this problem. If the opposition would just take the time to see all the changes that have occurred, it would see that we are true to our word. Finally—

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Calgary—Nose Hill.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Diane Ablonczy Calgary—Nose Hill, AB

Mr. Speaker, for 20 straight weeks evidence has mounted of HRDC incompetence in handling literally billions of public money.

The minister's attempts to convince Canadians that there is nothing to worry about have failed to square with the facts. The government may makes some cosmetic changes to try to paper over the ugly mess at HRDC.

It will just get rid of the jobs fund pork barrel, dismantle the department and shuffle the minister off to fresh pastures, but why does it fail to deal with the root problem, which is lack of respect for taxpayers and their money?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, on the contrary. It is out of absolute respect for the Canadian public that we chose to tell them that we had a problem within the department. It is out of respect for the Canadian public that we stand firm behind their values, that Canadians will support each other in times of trouble.

The member speaks about cosmetics. I just wonder how big the cosmetic bag will have to be when they try to explain to the Canadian public their membership boondoggle.

Parental Leave
Oral Question Period

June 15th, 2000 / 2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, one of the arguments used by the Prime Minister to refuse to negotiate parental leave with Quebec is that the federal program will come into effect on January 1, 2001, and that Quebec families would lose one year.

But that argument does not make sense. No one is opposed to the coming into effect of the federal program—

Parental Leave
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.