House of Commons Hansard #115 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was senate.

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Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson New Brunswick Southwest, NB

Mr. Speaker, earlier today I met with the HRDC minister and provided her with documentation detailing abusive behaviour against EI recipients by her department. We have been down this road before. I raised this issue earlier this year.

With a downturn in the economy, is this the type of behaviour we can expect over the course of a long, cold winter? Or will the minister make a commitment to review this abusive and unfair treatment of our unemployed and take specific action to stop it?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for providing me with the documentation with which he has some concern. Indeed, I will undertake to review it with my officials to ensure that employees are working within the code of conduct that is respectful of individuals and of course the Privacy Act.

I also want to thank the hon. member, however, for recognizing and supporting those members of my department who have the responsibility to ensure that those who apply for employment insurance are indeed eligible for it.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Dick Proctor Palliser, SK

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of agriculture. In the most optimistic scenario post-Qatar, it is going to be another eight years before those international subsidies begin to decline. That is eight more years for Canadian farmers, many of them on the short end of the stick, in terms of trying to sell their product into an international market.

My question for the minister of agriculture is, what plans can he tell the House that he has to enhance the position of Canadian farmers between now and 2009?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, we are constantly working on the safety net package that we have. For example, the improvements that have been made over the last two or three years are demonstrated this year when $3.9 billion in program payments between the federal government and the provincial governments in Canada will be made to Canadian producers this year.

We will go forward and build on those programs to improve them and to strengthen them at the same time that we are negotiating around the objectives that were set last week at the WTO, in order to level the playing field in the future.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Canadian Alliance

Stockwell Day Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, it is not the role of government to promote a particular religion nor is it the role of government to stand against a particular religion. The Christian military chaplains have now been ordered by the army not to mention the name of Jesus Christ in their public ceremonies.

This continues a disturbing trend we saw at the Swissair memorial, where the government said the name of Christ was not to be mentioned in prayers, and in fact on Parliament Hill in the memorial for September 11 when prayer was banned altogether.

This is political correctness gone crazy. Will the Prime Minister please reassure Christians and all religions that the government will stop its attack on--

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Haliburton—Victoria—Brock
Ontario

Liberal

John O'Reilly Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, I had the pleasure of attending the swearing in of Chaplain General Maindonald on a recent Sunday in Ottawa. All world faiths were represented. It was a true ecumenical service with a multicultural nature, a true representation of Canada.

The House resumed from November 19 consideration of the motion that Bill C-41, an act to amend the Canadian Commercial Corporation Act, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

Canadian Commercial Corporation Act
Government Orders

November 20th, 2001 / 3 p.m.

The Speaker

The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on Bill C-41, an act to amend the Canadian Commercial Corporation Act.

Call in the members.

(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:)

Canadian Commercial Corporation Act
Government Orders

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I declare the motion carried. Thus, the bill is referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

(Bill read the second time and referred to a committee)

The House resumed consideration of Bill C-35, an act to amend the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act, as reported (with amendment) from the committee.

Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act
Government Orders

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the report stage of Bill C-35. The question is on Motion No. 2.

Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act
Government Orders

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I think you would find consent that those who voted on the previous motion be recorded as voting on the motion now before the House, with Liberal members voting no.

Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act
Government Orders

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Is there unanimous consent to proceed in this fashion?

Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act
Government Orders

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.