House of Commons Hansard #109 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was taxes.

Topics

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. The hon. member for Rimouski—Mitis.

Canada Day
Oral Question Period

June 7th, 2000 / 2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Mitis, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Quebecois has learned through access to information that the Canada Day budget for Quebec is $5 million, but we have never—

Canada Day
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Canada Day
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Canada Day
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please.

Canada Day
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Mitis, QC

We have learned that this budget is $5 million, but we have never been able to find out what the budget was for other provinces.

If the total budget for Canada Day is not a state secret, could the minister tell the House what it is, since her answer will certainly be of interest to members from other provinces, including her own colleagues?

Canada Day
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I am very happy that we can work together to organize celebrations for Canada's big birthday, as well as for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.

I read in the newspaper this week that the Government of Quebec has doubled its funding for the national holiday.

There is such a spirit of partnership that I myself received a cheque for $350 from Guy Bouthillier, the president of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, in support of Canada Day. I thank Mr. Bouthillier.

Canada Day
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Canada Day
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please.

Persons With Disabilities
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Wendy Lill Dartmouth, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister responsible for Canadians with disabilities. Currently if any recipient of CPP disability does limited volunteer work for any community agency, there is no action taken by CPP because volunteering is recognized as a useful and necessary experience. But if a recipient receives any payment of any kind for his or her efforts, CPP is immediately cut off.

Can the minister tell the House why her ministry encourages those with disabilities to volunteer, but punishes them for trying to work?

Persons With Disabilities
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I would remind the hon. member that the CPP disability pension is like a pension. It is a pension of last resort as if a person is retired. Having said that, it is extraordinarily important for us to work with Canadians with disabilities to find effective ways of ensuring that they can participate in the Canadian economy and that they can contribute to their country and to their own needs.

I recognize the work of the hon. member and those on the standing committee, the suggestions and recommendations they make to me and the improvements that this government is making in support of Canadians with disabilities.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

David Price Compton—Stanstead, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday Hon. John Fraser's report on land forces reserves restructure was tabled. Now we wonder if it was irrelevant. In fact, Mr. Fraser wrote to the Minister of National Defence on March 30 asking just that. The new funding model of March 2 states a $30 million cut in reserve pay this year and next year a $30 million input in equipment and rerolling.

Can the minister tell the House how he could approve $60 million in cuts and new spending three months before the tabling of the report?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, the $30 million being referred to was in fact restored. There is nothing that is prejudicing the reserve restructuring. We want to revitalize the reserves. That is why I commissioned the report from Mr. Fraser and his team. I think he has come in with an excellent set of recommendations that will become the foundation for the revitalization program.

Presence In Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in our gallery of two visitors today. The first is His Excellency Adalberto Rodriguez Giavarini, Minister of Foreign Relations, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic.