House of Commons Hansard #122 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was animal.

Topics

Budget Surpluses
Oral Question Period

September 26th, 2000 / 2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, last week, the Minister of Finance refused to confirm the Bloc Quebecois' forecasts putting the surplus at $20 billion this year. The minister justified his refusal by saying that he was waiting for the opinion of the country's top economists.

Since Standard & Poor's, the Toronto Dominion Bank, the Royal Bank and all the others are anticipating a surplus of between $18 and $21 billion, is it not time for the government to tell the truth and to admit that we must have a debate now on how to properly use that money?

Budget Surpluses
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Willowdale
Ontario

Liberal

Jim Peterson Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, the debate is getting better all the time.

Two years ago, the Bloc Quebecois asked for a mini budget because of a potential recession. Last year, it asked for a mini budget because of tax reductions. This year, it is because of a huge surplus.

As they say in baseball “Three strikes and you are out”.

Budget Surpluses
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, how could we not ask for corrective measures, when the Minister of Finance keeps fibbing and is off by 100% to 300% in his forecasts? We ask for corrective measures every year, but it is because the minister is not doing his job properly.

Instead of hiding behind budget forecasts that no longer make any sense, should the Prime Minister not table a mini budget that would include tax reductions, a temporary suspension of the excise tax on gasoline and corrective measures to the employment insurance program? These are the real issues, the real priorities, and the government has the means to take such measures. It must take action.

Budget Surpluses
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I am truly pleased that the hon. member finds that things are going very well in Canada. I thank him for that.

I am very pleased to hear an opposition member say that the government is in a position to lower taxes and to take all sorts of measures.

I hope that, when we introduce bills to that effect, we will enjoy the support of the Bloc Quebecois.

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Canadian Alliance

Stockwell Day Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, for the last several days Canadians have had to witness news reports of the partying and other excesses that go on in our jails, especially as related to Karla Homolka and her friends. We asked the solicitor general to simply put a stop to it. He said he could not.

Will the Prime Minister, who purports to represent the people, please give a direct order to his solicitor general to put an end to these painful displays that we as Canadians have to watch, and that the families of murdered victims have to watch? Would he please simply give the order to put an end to this now?

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Make no mistake about it, Mr. Speaker. I am not standing in the House to defend Karla Homolka. What I am defending is a system that works to protect public safety better than any other. Correctional Service Canada has a job to do. Offenders are punished and attempts are made to rehabilitate them. That is its mandate. That is what it is doing.

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Canadian Alliance

Stockwell Day Leader of the Opposition

It is amazing, Mr. Speaker, to see the Liberals applaud nothing happening to stop this. It goes on, whether we are talking about golfing, fishing or other activities that people in jail are allowed to do. We understand that drug users in jail are assisted in their drug and needle cleaning program by Correctional Service Canada, but diabetics—

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. I would hope that all members would want to listen to the questions. We listen to the answers. The hon. Leader of the Opposition may begin his question.

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Stockwell Day Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister directly. There is the partying, the golfing and the fishing. Now we understand that drug users in our jails are provided with the ability to clean their needles and continue on with their own private drug program while hardworking Canadian diabetics must assume the costs of their own needle program.

Will the Prime Minister put a stop to this in the jails and send the message to Canadians, to families and to young people that we believe in being law-abiding citizens and there are rewards for that?

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, if my hon. colleague across the way is indicating there is a needle exchange program in the prison system, there is not.

Transportation Of Mox
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, in secret, unbeknownst to anyone, the MOX arrived in Chalk River, Ontario, where Atomic Energy of Canada Limited will be doing experiments.

How could the minister of natural resources say in this House that he was complying with the recommendations of Dr. Edwin Lymann, the director of the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington, who says that Transport Canada took none of his comments into consideration?

Transportation Of Mox
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, there was an extensive public review period with respect to this particular project. That review period together with all of the other procedures that applied were in complete compliance with the Canadian Nuclear Safety and Control Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

We have the most stringent regulatory regime in the world to protect public health and safety in the environment and we intend to keep it that way.

Transportation Of Mox
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, how does the minister explain the transportation of MOX by air over Canada, when American law prohibits the transportation of this highly dangerous product in American airspace?

Why do the people of Canada need less protection from their government than the Americans do from theirs?

Transportation Of Mox
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, in Canada we follow the laws of Canada, not the laws of the United States of America. Our practices in this regard are completely consistent for example with those that apply in Europe. MOX fuel has been transported in Europe by air since 1973 at the rate of at least six shipments per year. Obviously this is not out of the ordinary.