House of Commons Hansard #98 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was crtc.

Topics

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the track record of the Canadian food safety in this country is second to none in the world. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, along with the Solicitor General of Canada, the Minister of Health and other departments are being as diligent and vigilant as they possibly can in the food safety system. There is an emergency preparedness action plan in place if something takes place.

I can assure Canadian citizens that we will do all we can to make sure that our food continues to be safe.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

David Anderson Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Mr. Speaker, as my colleague from Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca pointed out, the government is talking and doing nothing. The lack of public response from the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to the increased risk to our food supply is both appalling and dangerous.

Since September 11, the United States has announced an additional $350 million to keep its food supply safe. We have heard nothing on this front from the Liberals.

Why has the minister of agriculture failed to implement any new measures to protect Canada's agricultural industry and food supply?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, we are not talking about it because the measures are already there. We are not scaremongering Canadians as the opposition is. We have the systems in place and we are prepared. We will continue to do all we can to make sure that Canadian food continues to be the safest in the world.

Guaranteed Income Supplement
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Marcel Gagnon Champlain, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development studied the problem of senior citizens who are excluded from the Canada pension plan.

According to the figures provided by one expert who appeared before the committee, more than 380,000 Canadians would not receive the guaranteed income supplement, even though they are eligible. We are talking about millions of dollars that Human Resources Development Canada is literally stealing from the neediest members of our society.

Does the Minister of Human Resources Development intend to eliminate the 11 month period—

Guaranteed Income Supplement
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. Minister of Human Resources Development.

Guaranteed Income Supplement
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, the guaranteed income supplement is a very important part of the Canadian pension structure. Indeed, ensuring that Canadians who are eligible have access to that program is very important.

I believe there are better ways of communicating with Canadian seniors to ensure that those who have eligibility for the GIS have access to it. I recently wrote to my colleague, the Minister of National Revenue, to see if together we could come up with a more effective strategy.

Public Works
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Alan Tonks York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, the parliament buildings are one of our most prized national treasures, are an essential part of the country's heritage and are in dire need of restoration.

Could the Minister of Public Works and Government Services inform the House on the government's plan for the parliamentary precinct?

Public Works
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Mississauga South
Ontario

Liberal

Paul Szabo Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the parliament buildings are the centre of our history, our democracy and our identity. That is why the government has developed and approved a long term vision plan for the parliamentary precinct. We are now proceeding with its implementation.

Earlier this week, the Minister of Public Works and Government Services announced the creation of an advisory committee to provide oversight and advice on the renovations. I am also pleased to announce that the hon. John Fraser, former speaker of the House of Commons, has accepted to chair this committee.

Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, what kind of message is the minister trying to give to our customs officers? They are being told to call the police if they are under physical threat. In many instances the nearest police are a lot further than a heartbeat away.

Will the minister start protecting Canadians, our borders and customs officers by giving them adequate tools to do their job?

Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Martin Cauchon Minister of National Revenue and Secretary of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)

Mr. Speaker, the customs organization is a very good, effective and efficient organization. Since September 11, it has been working hard to protect our country and to fulfill its dual mandate. As I said, over the last few months we have started to implement what we call officer power.

One more time, customs officers are not a police force. We have been working jointly over the past decade with police forces, such as the RCMP, and we will keep working with them. As well, we have to take into consideration the safety and security of our employees, which we are doing.

Highway Infrastructure
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, during the last election campaign, the Minister of Finance opened the door to a possible specific agreement with Quebec regarding the reconstruction of highway 175, for which Minister Chevrette has asked.

Yet, the Minister of Transport told the government of Quebec to include this work in the infrastructure program for highways.

What is the Minister of Transport waiting for to negotiate a specific agreement with Quebec on highway 175, and follow up on the comments made by his colleague, the Minister of Finance, during the election campaign?

Highway Infrastructure
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Chicoutimi—Le Fjord
Québec

Liberal

André Harvey Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, since May, the federal Minister of Transport has been holding money under the infrastructure program, waiting for Quebec's minister of transport to define his priorities.

Unfortunately, during the last election campaign, the PQ and the BQ were nervous and Quebec's minister of transport came and bandied around a bunch of figures. We have a program. The money is there. All we need to know are the province's priorities.

Health
Oral Question Period

October 19th, 2001 / 11:55 a.m.

NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, brand name drug companies should not be allowed to profit from terrorism. Nor should they be allowed to gouge Canadians. The need for anthrax medicine has the government realizing what it is like to be in the shoes of a senior citizen or the parent of a sick child as they try to pay for medicines that have increased 87% since 1990, increases directly related to drug patent changes.

Will the government finally admit that its support of the Tory initiated drug patent changes is jeopardizing the health of Canadians and our health care system?

Health
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member has raised an important issue, but she should not try to mix this up with the basic issue that we have been talking about in question period today, which is what should we be doing and how should we be doing it to protect the health of Canadians against anthrax. That is the priority issue here.

What she is talking about deserves attention, but she should not mix up the two.

Infrastructure
Oral Question Period

Noon

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, a short while ago in the House, the Prime Minister mentioned he was considering advancing infrastructure funding to give a kick-start to our sagging economy.

The provinces, cities and towns will solidly support this as they are crying out for infrastructure improvements. I mention especially St. John's where we have severe water and sewer needs, and have been devastated by flooding from the recent tropical storm.

When can we expect to see the suggestion by the Prime Minister become a full commitment by the government?