House of Commons Hansard #119 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, despite the minister's assurances, there are more traps in the water today than there were yesterday.

Yesterday the minister wrote to the chief at Burnt Church and said “The fishing activity to date is detrimental to conservation. The current situation cannot continue if conservation and an orderly fishery are to be insured”.

There is no orderly fishery and no law and order. The illegal fishing at Miramichi must stop. When will the minister pull not just some but all the traps?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is right in that I have written to the chief. There has been ongoing communication for a very long time urging a negotiated agreement just as 29 other first nations have done where we have an orderly transition program for them to fully participate in the commercial fishery.

The variation order to close the lobster fishery has been issued and I know that they will want to fully comply with the law. I would urge them once again to pull all the traps in the Miramichi so that we can go on to the more constructive things we can do.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

September 21st, 2000 / 2:45 p.m.

NDP

Dick Proctor Palliser, SK

Mr. Speaker, last spring the minister of agriculture guaranteed that all western grain and oilseed farmers would enjoy a $5.92 reduction in their freight rate bill this year but that is not what farmers are telling us. They are saying that they are getting nowhere near that kind of savings. Some are getting as little as 22 cents, some zero and, in a few cases, because of a lack of real competition amongst the railways, they are actually paying higher costs than they were absorbing last year.

Having guaranteed $5.92 this past May, will the government be making up any shortfall to the farmers who fall far short of this $5.92?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I remind the hon. member that we talked about $178 million legislated by this parliament that will flow to the pockets of producers right across the board. That works out to the per capital tonnage amount that he mentioned.

Farmers will receive the benefit of this legislation. It is forward looking. It is legislation that has had, by and large, the support of all members of the House and the Senate. I do not think the hon. member should start quibbling at this stage when we have provided $178 million for western producers.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Dick Proctor Palliser, SK

Mr. Speaker, some quibble, 22 cents versus $5.92. He is still on numbers that do not add up.

The minister indicated recently that to put us on parity with U.S. support payments would require some $18 billion to $20 billion. Farm groups are saying that they do not need that much of a commitment. In fact, $4 billion has been suggested by at least one major organization.

Would the minister tell the House how he arrived at this large figure because it is much higher than what he had said in the past? I hope by inflating this number it is not an excuse to ignore the plight of Canadian farmers in a desperate situation.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, what I said when I gave those numbers was that if we compare what the United States is doing, based on the size of its industry and the size of our industry, that would be the requirement here in Canada.

I recognize the fact that the industry and the producers have said that is not the amount of money they desire and that they understand the resource constraints that we have in this country. I have said to them that we will continue, as we have shown in the past, to do all we can to level the playing field between Canada and the United States and that there is also a necessity to level the playing field among provinces within Canada.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is planning an enforcement action at Burnt Church. What steps has the minister taken to ensure the safety and good order of all of the citizens living on Miramichi Bay?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, not only for this minister but for all ministers in the government, public safety is number one.

Whenever enforcement action is taken, we ensure that the safety of our own officers as well as the public is our number one priority and every opportunity is taken to make sure that we avoid confrontation. This is important for myself as well as for the solicitor general.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Angela Vautour Beauséjour—Petitcodiac, NB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister.

We have a very serious situation in Burnt Church. I cannot imagine that anybody here would not agree. After speaking with the RCMP this morning, there is a real chance of violence in that region. It is clear that the Minister of DFO is not going to Burnt Church and it is clear that he has failed.

I am asking on behalf of the native and non-native people living in the Miramichi area, will the Prime Minister intervene and make sure that this is settled in a humane, secure fashion?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the minister has shown a lot of flexibility so far. He has tried everything possible to negotiate a peaceful resolution. As there is no possibility to accommodate the situation at this time, the minister was absolutely right to close the fishery in Miramichi Bay. He is also absolutely right to make sure that every fisherman in that area respects the law of Canada.

Cultural Policy
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Eleni Bakopanos Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, increasingly, nations are becoming aware of the threat to their culture, traditions and cultural expression. Canada is certainly one of these, given the presence of the American culture.

My question is for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. What is this government doing to combat this world-wide threat?

Cultural Policy
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Parkdale—High Park
Ontario

Liberal

Sarmite Bulte Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, Canada succeeded in having cultural diversity included in the international program. Membership of the International Network on Cultural Policy, created in Ottawa in 1998, has risen from the original 17 to 44 at the present time.

The third meeting of the network will be held in Greece in late September. There will be three themes: cultural heritage, cultural identity and cultural diversity in a context of globalization, and opportunities for national action.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Inky Mark Dauphin—Swan River, MB

Mr. Speaker, it is now time to turn our attention to protecting the health of Canadians. Health Canada is finally recommending that migrants be tested for the AIDS virus before granting them entry into the country.

In 1994 my colleague for Calgary Northeast tabled a motion which called for precisely that, mandatory testing for AIDS, and the Liberal government voted it down.

Why has it taken the government so long to protect the health of Canadians?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Anjou—Rivière-Des-Prairies
Québec

Liberal

Yvon Charbonneau Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, this matter was looked into more than five years ago, in what was known as the Montebello process.

As the Immigration Act requires of the Minister of Health, a technical opinion was issued to indicate that the safest approach was to have people tested when a risk appeared likely. That is the safest way when health is concerned.

Now, if there other points to consider, the Minister of Immigration is notified and the last word is hers.

Importation Of Plutonium
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, Transport Canada has just made its decision: Canada will fly in MOX plutonium from the Russian Federation.

How can the Prime Minister justify importing MOX over the opposition of hundreds of Quebec municipalities, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the general public, and despite American studies which indicate that shipping by air is the most risky means?