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.

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Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I think it has been agreed that the appropriate way to access those invoices is through the access to information process. The opposition understands, as everyone does, that this is an arm's length undertaking. I can confirm that any information that can be made available, will be made available as time permits.

Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

June 15th, 2000 / 2:55 p.m.

NDP

Michelle Dockrill Bras D'Or, NS

Mr. Speaker, for five months questions have been asked about this government's involvement with Scotia Rainbow. The HRDC minister passed the buck to the ACOA minister. The ACOA minister does a sloppy Liberal two-step around questions regarding Scotia Rainbow.

Given these ministers' inability to answer any of these questions, will the Prime Minister do what his ministers cannot? Will he tell us today why it is that businesses with bad track records can access public funds as long as they have a picture of themselves with the Prime Minister in one pocket and a Liberal Party donation receipt in the other?

Scotia Rainbow
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Gander—Grand Falls
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the total amount of money given by the federal government to this project was one-fifth of that given by the chartered banks, one-quarter of the equity put in by the financiers, and one-half of what was put in by the provincial government.

The federal government involvement was just a whisker, just a whit, just a tittle of what the other agencies put in.

Fisheries And Oceans
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. In spite of the fact that the minister is getting warnings from fisherpersons, the few scientists he has left and people in the industry about the state of the northern shrimp stock, how can he justify a new entrant when it flies in the face of all sensible advice from the industry, in the face of opposition from the premier and the fisheries minister of Newfoundland, and in the face of common sense?

Fisheries And Oceans
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, in any fishing plan, particularly in the shrimp managing plan for this year, conservation is our priority. I want to assure the hon. member of that.

Of course, we also respect the adjacency principle. That is why 70% of the harvesting will be done by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the same as in 1999.

The peoples who will be involved who were not involved before include the Innu nation of Labrador, who have been trying to get access to the resource for many years, the province of P.E.I., which has never had any access compared to others, as well as the Fogo Island co-op. That is reasonable.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Liberal

Eleni Bakopanos Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, recently the President of the Hellenic Republic visited Canada at the invitation of our government.

During his very successful visit the President discussed the Cyprus issue with both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Given the upcoming round of proximity talks in July, can the Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterate this government's position and tell us what we are doing to help secure a prosperous future and enduring peace for the people of Cyprus?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Brome—Missisquoi
Québec

Liberal

Denis Paradis Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, Canada supports the UN Security Council resolution calling for the establishment of a bizonal, bicommunal federation on Cyprus.

Canada joined with the other G-8 members at last year's Cologne summit to invite the leaders of the two parties to comprehensive negotiations. We have advanced a de-mining initiative to the parties and offered to provide constitutional expertise. Canada is open to provide any other assistance it can to help resolve this longstanding question.

The G-8 has Cyprus on its agenda and will be closely monitoring developments in Geneva.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, inquiring minds want to know what the minister has planned for the rest of the day, and I would like to wish him a reasonably good summer and a good rest because I think that when we come back in the fall, in whatever fashion, it could be kind of a heated little race on to the next stage of political life.

Could he let us know, when we come back on September 18, what would be the first order of business? What is the number one priority of the government?

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I will not dwell at length on all the bills under consideration, largely because of the House's productivity in recent weeks, which is thanks to the co-operation of all parties.

This evening, when we deal with the supply bill, we will have concluded all the work on the agenda for this session.

Let me take this opportunity to thank all hon. members for their constructive approach in recent days which has produced the results that make it such that the House will be adjourning later today for the summer recess.

In particular, I want to pay tribute to all House leaders and whips of all parties in the House. Their contribution toward parliamentary democracy, notwithstanding our disagreements from time to time on policy issues, has been immense. I think that this is the kind of collaboration the Canadian people expect of all of us in this House.

If I were to address a short list of some of the bills to be addressed in the House, and not necessarily in the appropriate order, I would have to say: Bill C-14, respecting Manitoba claims; Bill C-8, respecting marine parks; Bill C-3, respecting youth justice; the bank bill; Bill C-31, respecting immigration; and Bill C-33, respecting species at risk. Those issues are all priorities for the government, and so of course will be the concerns that Canadians will bring to our attention this summer. All these things will be the subject of the immediate attention of the government when we return in the fall.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Bill Blaikie Winnipeg—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question for the government House leader.

I think I remember asking the government House leader about a year ago when legislation would be forthcoming to deal with the multiplicity of reproductive technologies that are available. He said at that time that something would be forthcoming. It is now many months later. Perhaps he could address that matter.

While I am on my feet, could he give us the assurance that after the House adjourns the Prime Minister will not be making a raft of appointments to the other place for various Liberal hacks and flacks that are needed to accomplish the government's agenda there?

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, I will answer the second question first. It is certainly my hope that the Prime Minister, as I am sure he will, will fulfil his constitutional responsibility in ensuring that there are members to serve adequately and very well in the other House. I am certainly very confident that he will do so, but I will take the hon. member's suggestion as representation to ensure that the other House has a full complement of able Canadians to serve this country.

On the second point, there is not a bill on reproductive technologies presently on the order paper. The hon. member opposite will recognize that. I will discuss the issue with the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Health and others in an effort to bring such legislation to the floor of the House as soon as possible.

100Th Birthday Greetings To The Queen Mother
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, I move:

That as we will not be in the House of Commons on August 4, that the Speaker send an address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother expressing the heartiest good wishes and congratulations of all members of the House of Commons on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Mr. Speaker, we have a very special way in Canada of wishing people a very happy birthday, and it goes like this.

100Th Birthday Greetings To The Queen Mother
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

Does the hon. member for Saint John have the unanimous consent of the House to move the motion?

100Th Birthday Greetings To The Queen Mother
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

100Th Birthday Greetings To The Queen Mother
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?