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 gas.

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Gasoline Pricing
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, the member knows that we are doing a study of the changes that may be necessary to the Competition Act.

But the member has perhaps noticed that gasoline prices are a problem not just in Canada but in Europe too. And our Competition Act carries no weight in Europe.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

John Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Mr. Speaker, today the minister claims to be shutting down the lobster fishery on Miramichi Bay for conservation reasons. Yesterday he was offering fishermen on the Miramichi $12,000 to turn a blind eye to illegal fishing on the bay.

Rather than protecting the resource and shutting down the fisheries, the minister chose what he thought was the path of least resistance: hush money, paying fishermen to look the other way while the lobster resource is under attack, while the viability of their fishery is jeopardized and while illegal fishing continues unabated. How can he justify this distasteful offer?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

As usual, Mr. Speaker, the hon. member has his facts all wrong.

Of course the mediator was there talking to all the parties trying to bring them together. This was the proposal he was talking about to all members there to try to get a common peaceful resolution on this matter.

The hon. member should check his facts before he brings them forward to the House. It has been the attempt of this government to resolve it peacefully. For Canadians right across the country the rule of law is fundamental, and we will ensure that we follow the rule of law for all Canadians and will protect the resource for all Canadians and future generations.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

John Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

I did check my facts, Mr. Speaker. There is no doubt of the source of the offer. It was the minister's mediator, the eminent Canadian.

A fisherman from Miramichi asked me last night “What kind of country do we live in when our government would bribe its citizens to look the other way while the law is being broken?”

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

I ask the hon. member to withdraw the word bribe.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

John Cummins Delta—South Richmond, BC

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Hochelaga—Maisonneuve.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga—Maisonneuve, QC

Mr. Speaker, with his cuts to the provinces, the Minister of Finance has put enormous pressure on the health care system.

In his discussions with the provinces, the Prime Minister indicated he did not have the money to index health care programs.

How does the Prime Minister explain his saying he did not have enough money to index the health care programs, when his Minister of Finance is announcing surpluses of $12 billion, which were confirmed by documents that had no doubt gone to press at the time the discussions were held with the provinces, and may even have been known to him?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I would simply provide you with a few figures. In 1999, Quebec received $2.7 billion from the federal government as part of the social transfer. In 2000, it received $600 million.

Two weeks ago the Prime Minister signed an agreement with the provinces, and Quebec will be getting an additional $5 billion.

In a 20 month period, Quebec will be receiving an additional $8.5 billion from the federal government.

La Francophonie Games
Oral Question Period

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

Liberal

Steve Mahoney Mississauga West, ON

Mr. Speaker, last March the Government of Canada announced a contribution of $12 million to the fourth games of la Francophonie in 2001 to be held in Ottawa-Hull. The National Post , Diane Francis and a few members of the Ontario legislature recently accused the government of spending much more on these games than on any other major sports event and also stated that these games showcase only third rate athletes. As usual, they are more interested in fiction than facts.

Could the minister responsible for the games of la Francophonie—

La Francophonie Games
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

La Francophonie Games
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, as usual, journalist Diane Francis and the provincial member in question have got things totally twisted.

The Government of Canada's contribution to fourth Games of La Francophonie were only one quarter of what it contributed to the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg and one fifth of its investment in the Commonwealth Games.

Secondly, to describe Donovan Bailey, who gained world renown at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Paris, as a third rate athlete is unfair. It is also an insult to Bruny Surin, who agreed to serve as ambassador of the—

La Francophonie Games
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Vancouver Island North.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, the minister of fisheries has no credibility when he talks about closing the lobster fishery in Miramichi. The fisheries department's own estimates show that the Burnt Church lobster catch is already over four times what was approved. The minister's regional director general has said, and I quote, “Continued fishing will have a serious detrimental effect on the stocks”.

The minister must uphold his oath of office. He must enforce the law. When will he pull 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, as I said earlier today, due to conservation concerns we have closed the lobster fishery at Miramichi. I would urge the community of Burnt Church to abide fully with that because I know they believe in protecting the stock for their future generations and I know they want to abide by the law. If they do that it will be the right thing. All members of the House should urge them to fully abide by the law and protect the resource because the rule of law is important to Canadians.