House of Commons Hansard #103 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was health.

Topics

Health
Oral Question Period

11:20 a.m.

Bloc

Caroline St-Hilaire Longueuil, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is all very well for the Minister of Health to use the emergency situation as a cover-up, but there is one thing he cannot get around, something everyone has understood: the favoured approach of the minister and of his government is that the end justifies the means.

Will the Minister of Health admit that this kind of approach is irresponsible and dangerous, particularly in a time of crisis?

Health
Oral Question Period

11:20 a.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, what is most important to me and to the government is to protect and ensure the health of Canadians.

This is exactly what we have done. We now have the necessary drugs. A week ago that was not the case, but now it is. We have saved Canadians money.

We are going to continue to do whatever is necessary to protect people's health.

Health
Oral Question Period

11:20 a.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga—Maisonneuve, QC

Mr. Speaker, according to the Department of Health, it was because Bayer could not produce the drug within 48 hours that the department decided to break the law and get it from Apotex, which would deliver the order three weeks later.

In what way does the minister think that such a disgraceful manoeuvre would protect public health?

Health
Oral Question Period

11:20 a.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, what Canadians expect from us as a government is that we should always act with their protection in mind.

Where bioterrorism is concerned, we must do what is necessary to have access to drugs designed to counter such threats.

All week, the focus in the House has been on what was done. But ultimately, we did what we did to protect people's health and we now have the necessary drugs.

Health
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga—Maisonneuve, QC

Mr. Speaker, Health Canada contacted Novopharm to ask it to supply Cipro and Novopharm said that it was illegal to do so, which should have alerted the minister.

The question in everyone's mind today is how something that was illegal for Novopharm could become legal for Apotex. Could the minister explain this?

Health
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, Canadians can see the facts and what matters most.

And what matters most is health, putting in place measures to effectively meet threats.

This is precisely what we did. We at Health Canada took action to have the necessary drugs available and now they are.

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

The government decided to ignore the recommendations made by the members of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development, which were supported by the Liberals, outlined in a report entitled “Beyond Bill C-2”, regarding changes to the employment insurance program.

Given this decision, what steps does ACOA intend to take in order to help people who will have to deal with the gap next January?

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

West Nova
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Robert Thibault Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Mr. Speaker, ACOA continues to work together with the communities and provinces of Atlantic Canada to create jobs, which are long term, not short term and to promote sustainable economic development.

I invite the member to work with me for the future of Atlantic Canada.

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have been working with the government for four years now to find solutions for our regions, but the government has been unable to come up with any.

Employment insurance belongs to the workers.

With respect to employment insurance, what is the minister going to do, in the short term, to create jobs for this coming January, so that people will not have to cope with the gap that the Liberals force them to deal with every year?

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

West Nova
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Robert Thibault Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Mr. Speaker, Atlantic Canadians are very happy with what ACOA is doing for economic development. There have already been 62,000 jobs created in Atlantic Canada and we continue to work with the community.

In the short term, there is the infrastructure program between Canada and the provinces. We are leading the rest of Canada when it comes to signing agreements with communities and the provinces.

Csis
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, the report of the security intelligence review committee expresses concern about CSIS priorities. Our overseas CSIS agents are apparently so busy assisting with the processing of legitimate refugee claimants that they do not have time to track and catch illegals who pose a threat to our national security.

Yesterday we learned of a high tech stowaway in a container destined for Canada but we had to learn of his existence from Italian authorities rather than from CSIS.

Why has the solicitor general not issued a ministerial directive for CSIS to refocus its foreign operations from pushing paper to actually identifying and preventing illegal immigrants from entering Canada?

Csis
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, part of the reason would be because they caught him in Italy.

Another thing is the RCMP and CSIS work in co-operation with Italian authorities and all other authorities around the world to make sure that individuals who pose a threat to the security of this country or other countries are brought to justice.

Csis
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Peter MacKay Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, NS

Mr. Speaker, somehow the Prime Minister thinks that all refugees who are terrorists are going to arrive by planes. There is a story about cargo boy, a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist bound for Canada, who was picked up in a routine inspection in Italy, which shows that people still do travel by boat.

Ships are requested to call customs 96 hours in advance. The coast guard, our first line of defence since the Liberals cut the ports police, had 250 positions eliminated. Its radar only provides 20% coverage.

How can the government possibly justify its actions, which have left our massive coastline so vulnerable to terrorists? What happens if the terrorists simply decide not to call?

Csis
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, again it is a prime example of security agencies working together around the world. What we must have is an efficient security intelligence agency and police force, and we have it.

I believe what took place yesterday in Italy is a prime example of what co-operation can do for the security of all nations around the world.

Health
Oral Question Period

October 26th, 2001 / 11:30 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, we need to encourage research and development in Canada so that Canadians can have access to well paying, long term jobs. For companies to do research and development in Canada, they need clear legal guidelines and a commitment by the government to enforce and respect those guidelines.

How will research and development companies every trust Canada as a safe place to do business and employ Canadians when our own government violates patent laws?