House of Commons Hansard #116 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was crime.

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Health
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Charlotte, NB

Mr. Speaker, this is the minister that has taken a wrecking ball to health care in the country. With all this money we are going back to 1994 levels. Think about it for just a minute. How can he be proud of that record?

Canadians want a plan for the future, not a quick fix. When will he show some leadership on this file? We want a plan, a plan for the future, as do all premiers of the country.

The document to which he alludes was written by Homer Simpson, presently the aide to the minister.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, we can refer to the commentary last week by experts throughout the country who looked at the Prime Minister's achievement in negotiating this unprecedented agreement and confirm that it is good news for Canadian health care.

Michael Decter, former deputy minister in Ontario and now chair of the Canadian Institute of Health Information, said this was an agreement with substantive progress for medicare renewal in Canada.

It is clear, as we have always said, that a combination of more money with a coherent plan where governments work together toward reforming, improving and modernizing medicare is what the Prime Minister has achieved.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Ovid Jackson Bruce—Grey, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health. Last week the Government of Canada reached a remarkable agreement with governments of all political stripes across Canada.

That initiative will infuse $21 billion into the Canada health and social transfer to the provinces. Could the minister tell us about this initiative and explain to all Canadians, including my constituents of Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, how this initiative will help the health care of all Canadians?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, it does bear repeating. We have been saying for some time that the difficulties facing medicare require not just money but a plan, and now we have that.

There is $21 billion of additional money, targeted money for specific priorities, but perhaps most important of all is that the Prime Minister negotiated an agreement that expressly acknowledges the role of the Government of Canada in the process of medicare renewal. The federal government is a full partner and participant in renewing medicare.

Unlike the Alliance and unlike the Conservatives, the Prime Minister recognizes there is a national interest in the country. Medicare is a national undertaking and the Government of Canada has an essential role to play in protecting that interest.

Public Works And Government Services
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Werner Schmidt Kelowna, BC

Mr. Speaker, last week the minister of public works was caught red handed doling out $1 million to his old Liberal friend, Michele Tremblay.

The minister claims these contracts were legitimate, but it was a non-tendered contract that guaranteed two more contracts to Madam Tremblay. The Liberal government issues non-tendered contracts, over $1 billion a year, contracts the auditor general says should have been tendered. Why does the minister continue to use non-tendered contracting as a billion dollar patronage business?

Public Works And Government Services
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should check the facts. He would realize that there was only one contract at the beginning, which was a pilot project given according to Treasury Board guidelines. All the other contracts were tendered and the best contender got the contract. We have been following Treasury Board guidelines and the public tendering process.

Last spring we had this debate in the House. I tabled a letter where we made it clear to the officials of the Canadian Information Office that anywhere in my department any contract above $25,000—

Public Works And Government Services
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Charlevoix.

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Gérard Asselin Charlevoix, QC

Mr. Speaker, the government has announced a one year moratorium for the unemployed in Charlevoix and on the North Shore.

Is the Minister of Human Resources Development proposing a temporary solution to save face before the elections, in order to then continue to give them the shaft after the elections?

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is wrong. In fact the transition period is over four years. It recognizes that indeed one side of the employment coin has to do with employment insurance, but the other side has to do with diversifying the economy.

I am looking forward to working with my colleague, the minister of revenue, and I hope with members on the opposite side, their constituents and employers, to broaden the economic diversity of that region so that indeed the people of the north shore of Quebec can benefit from the great economy we have here in Canada.

Housing
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, today housing activists are building a house at the site of the housing ministers conference in Fredericton, the ministers' first meeting in five years. The message to the ministers is quite clear: This national crisis requires a national solution and restoration of the federal funding for social housing.

Will the Prime Minister direct his ministers today to support the provinces and the municipalities with real bricks and mortar and money to build housing, rather than the straw house announcements and statements we have seen to date? Will we get some real housing programs?

Housing
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her question. It gives me the opportunity to inform the House that after question period I will be going to Fredericton to meet my colleagues, all the ministers of housing in the country. Tonight and tomorrow we will be discussing how we can improve the situation and how we can give Canadians some relief and make sure that every Canadian has decent housing.

I look forward to this meeting. It is true that we have not had a meeting in the last five years, but we are glad that we will be there to discuss these important issues.

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Bill Casey Cumberland—Colchester, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport. When the Digby wharf in Nova Scotia was divested, the Department of Transport gave a cheque for more than $3 million to the Maritime Harbour Society, a non-profit society. Within days it appears that $1 million was transferred out to a private corporation and then another $300,000 a few months later. Some $600,00 are scheduled to be transferred out next month.

Will the minister demand an accounting of this taxpayer money and stop all further transfers until he is assured that this money will benefit the users of the Digby wharf?

Transport
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I am very grateful to the hon. member for raising this with me before question period but I have not had a chance to get to the bottom of it.

Under the terms of the divestiture fund, there is a specific list of what the money should be spent on and there is provision for an annual audit. Hopefully we will have some clarity later on in the week, and I hope to get back to him either privately or in the House.

High Tech Industry
Oral Question Period

September 18th, 2000 / 3 p.m.

Liberal

Robert Bertrand Pontiac—Gatineau—Labelle, QC

Mr. Speaker, according to Mosel Vitellic Inc. and the government of Quebec, the federal government is dragging its feet in its decision to set up a semiconductor plant in Quebec.

My question is for the industry minister. Why is the government delaying an investment that is so important for the high tech industry in Quebec and in Canada?

High Tech Industry
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, it is not a matter of delaying a decision. In reality, there is the possibility of a very significant investment for Canada in the semiconductor manufacturing sector.

In addition, since a large amount of money is involved, a thorough investigation is necessary before we make an offer. We are continuing to negotiate with the company and with other interested parties so a decision may be made at the right time.