House of Commons Hansard #116 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was police.

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Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

November 21st, 2001 / 3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Bill Graham Toronto Centre—Rosedale, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 12th report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade on the subject matter of Bill C-35, an act to amend the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act.

Verbal Abuse Prevention Week Act
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Shawn Murphy Hillsborough, PE

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-414, an act to establish verbal abuse prevention week.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce my private member's bill which will establish the first week of every October as verbal abuse prevention week.

Verbal abuse is a national problem and is present within all our communities. It exists in our schools, in our workplaces and even in our homes.

My hope is that the bill will serve to raise awareness and promote education about the negative consequences of verbal abuse.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table in the House today a petition signed by 472 people, adding to the 40,000 signatures that I have already tabled.

I would like to emphasize that most of the petitioners are between 10 and 15 years old. They ask the government to get tougher with people convicted of sexual assaults against children.

The petitioners are telling this parliament that it is time to act and to give sentences of up to two years for a first conviction and up to five years more for repeat offences.

My private member bill on that problem has been chosen and I will appear before the Standing Committee on Private members' business this afternoon to convince them to make it votable.

It is with a lot of emotion that I table this petition.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present two petitions this afternoon. The first petition is signed by several hundred petitioners. It was collected by Joan Russow in the context of a major peace rally on October 13.

The petitioners note that they are deeply concerned that terrorism in all its forms has resulted in the tragic loss of civilian lives, in racism and in societal disintegration and that military intervention in Afghanistan is aggravating the current situation.

Therefore, they call upon the Canadian government to respect international law and justice and not support military action in any form.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, the second petition I have the honour of presenting is signed by several hundred residents of my constituency of Burnaby—Douglas and other residents in British Columbia on the subject of the proposed free trade area of the Americas.

The petitioners note that the Liberal government conducted secret negotiations on the proposed FTAA and refused to make public the texts that are the basis for the negotiations.

They note that the proposed FTAA would effectively extend NAFTA to the hemisphere and, further, that the proposed FTAA would block the ability of governments to create or maintain laws, standards and regulations to provide universal public education and health care and to protect the safety and well-being of their citizens and the environment.

Therefore, the petitioners request that all texts that are the basis of the negotiations immediately be made public, that any trade deals be rejected, including the proposed FTAA which would preserve NAFTA style provisions that put the rights of corporations and investors ahead of the rights of citizens and governments.

Finally, the petitioners call upon parliament to adopt a new approach to globalization that places social, economic and ecological justice above the profits of multinational corporations and establishes an alternative rules based system that promotes and protects the rights of workers and the environment, respects cultural diversity and ensures the ability of all governments to act in the public interest.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition from citizens of the Peterborough area who are concerned about kidney disease. They believe that a change in the name of our national institute devoted to kidney disease would be valuable in the furthering of their cause.

They know that the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes does wonderful research in relation to diet, digestion, excretion and metabolism. They know that it works on a wide variety of conditions and problems associated with hormone, digestive system, kidney and liver functions. They believe it would be valuable if the word kidney were included in the title of this institution.

The petitioners call upon parliament to encourage the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to explicitly include kidney research as one of the institutes in its system, to be named the institute of kidney and urinary tract diseases.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from citizens of Peterborough who are concerned about the war in Afghanistan.

The petitioners call upon the Parliament of Canada to put on hold any military action and urgently request the U.S. and Great Britain to place a moratorium on military action against Afghanistan and ask the United Nations to enter into negotiations to allow emergency UN relief aid to be distributed to the suffering people of Afghanistan.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 74, 76 and 77.

Question No. 74
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Williams St. Albert, AB

For each of the following items listed on pages 10.7 and 10.8 of volume II, part II of the Public Accounts of Canada 2000-2001, under the rubric “Miscellaneous disbursements” under Payments of Claims Against the Crown—Department of National Defence, namely, (1) Centennial College, $55,272, (2) Mistik Management, $180,000, (3) Shanwick Air, $227,582, (4) TSL Aerospace Technologies, $4,150: ( a ) what occurred that resulted in a claim against the crown; ( b ) how many people were involved; ( c ) when did the activities take place that led to the disbursement; ( d ) where did the activities take place that led to the disbursement; and ( e ) were charges laid that led to the disbursement?

Question No. 74
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton Minister of National Defence

Centennial College, $55,272.00: (a) This claim was initiated to recover the additional expenses incurred by Centennial College for wages as a result of a breach of agreement between Centennial College and DND; (b) approximately 12 people; (c) September 1999; (d) Canadian Forces Base Borden and Barrie, Ontario; (e) no.

Mistik Management, $180,000.30: (a) Mistik Management alleges that Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake was negligent and, as a result, a fire at the Primrose Lake weapons range destroyed $221,150.50 worth of wood; (b) unknown; (c) 13 May 1993; (d) Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Alberta; (e) no.

Shanwick Air ($227,582.00): Litigation was initiated by Civil Aviation Authority, United Kingdom, seeking financial compensation for En Route navigation service charges for the period 22 January 1992 to 4 December 2000 inclusive. Consistent with section 13(1) of the Access to Information Act, details cannot be released as they are the result of a negotiated settlement that contains a confidentiality clause, international relations.

TSL Aerospace Technologies, $4,150.00: (a) cancellation of contract for the provision of T-33 (T-Bird) Nose Wheel Assemblies; (b) unknown; (c) a notice of termination of the contract was issued on 8 June 1998; (d) Public Works and Government Services, Hull, Quebec; (e) no.

Question No. 76
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Williams St. Albert, AB

For each of the following items listed on page 10.7 of the Public Accounts of Canada 2000-2001, under the rubric “Department of National Defence, Damage to Personal Property” under Payments of Claims Against the Crown, namely, (1) Bell Canada, $8,193, (2) Birch Hill Construction Ltd., $24,842, (3) Corp. of the Township of Atikak, $25,000, (4) Discount Car and Truck Rentals, $21,057, (5) Enterprise Rent-A-Car, $3,972, (6) Fisheries and Oceans Canada, $594,727, (7) Linketter Hotel, $10,000, (8) National Car Rental, $1,105, (9) TD Bank, $3,528, (10) Thrifty Car Rental, $4,911, (11) Thrifty Locations Auto, $12,607, (12) Township of the Front of Escott, $89,000: ( a ) when did the events happen; ( b ) what was generally damaged or destroyed; ( c ) which damaged and/or destroyed items were replaced; ( d ) how many people were involved; ( e ) were those involved reprimanded and/or terminated; and ( f ) was the incident reported to any police force, including military police?

Question No. 76
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton Minister of National Defence

Bell Canada, $8,193: (a) 30 July 1999 and 7 September 1999; (b) Bell Canada equipment, note: This payment represents two different incidents, one at Canadian Forces Base Trenton and the other at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier. Total cost of repairs for both incidents has been lowered and is now estimated at $5,216.22; (c) DND paid for the cost of repairs to the damaged equipment; (d) unknown; (e) no; (f) yes, to the military police.

Birch Hill Construction Ltd., ($24,842): (a) During fiscal year 2000-01, over training season; (b) heavy duty equipment, i.e. excavator, large dump trucks, et cetera; (c) $24,842.00 represents the total amount paid on behalf of Canadian Forces Base Gagetown for the repairs of the heavy duty equipment rented from Birch Hill Construction; (d) unknown; (e) no; (f) no.

Corp. of the Township of Atikak, $25,000: (a) 13 May 1999; (b) the airstrip was damaged by a Canadian forces aircraft, CC130 Hercules performing practice landings and take offs; (c) the cost of necessary repairs, including resurfacing of damage area, was submitted for payment; (d) unknown; (e) no; (f) no.

Discount Car and Truck Rentals, $21,057;

Enterprise Rent-a-Car, $3,972;

National Car Rental, $1,105;

Thrifty Car Rental, $4,911;

Thrifty Locations Auto, $12,607.

The above list represents a summary of various claims for damage to vehicles rented by National Defence at different locations across the country during the 2000-01 fiscal year. Since DND is self-insured, the department is liable to pay for damage to vehicles rented under a Public Works and Government Services standard offer agreement. The larger amounts represent a roll up of a number of smaller claims. As the department is subject to the regulatory regimes in place for vehicles in the provinces, any incidents requiring police involvement would have been reported accordingly.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, $594,727: (a) March 1985; (b) breach of contract. This case had to do with contractual relations between Navimex and Her Majesty the Queen, through Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The contract pertained to the transportation of goods to Thule in Greenland; (c) company sued the crown for loss of profit and transportation costs for the movement of goods from Montreal to Thule and loss of profit generated by possible transportation of additional goods to Thule and from Thule back to Montreal; (d) unknown; (e) not applicable; (f) no.

Linketter Hotel, $10,000: (a) 27-31 August 2000; (b) loss of income, accommodation and meal due to last minute change in the number of participants at the Atlantic Region Cadet Tattoo 2000; (c) financial compensation was negotiated to address part of the Linketter Hotel’s lost revenues; (d) approximately 200 cadets who were to participate in the Atlantic Region Cadet Tattoo 2000; (e) yes. Regional Cadet Organizations were advised to exercise increased prudence in activities involving contracts of this nature; (f) no.

TD Bank, $3,528: (a) 5 June 2000; (b) damage to overhanging roof by unauthorized DND driver; (c) the TD Bank arranged for the repairs to the roof. Invoice submitted to DND; (d) one; (e) yes. Member had to reimburse the payment made by the department; (f) yes. CFB Petawawa military police investigated and filed a report.

Township of the Front of Escott, $89,000: (a) 2 November 1999; (b) various secondary roads damaged during a military exercise using heavy military vehicles; (c) local contractors were hired to repair the damaged roads; (d) approximately 50 military members; (e) a summary investigation, lessons learned, was conducted to prevent future incidents; (f) no.

Question No. 77
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Howard Hilstrom Selkirk—Interlake, MB

Concerning the breakwater at the mouth of the Red River: ( a ) what is the government's position as to the role that the retaining walls of the breakwater play with respect to dredging activities on the river; ( b ) does the government have any plans to demolish them; and ( c ) if so, will the government delay any such plans until the International Coalition for Land and Water Stewardship has completed its review of the physical and economic implications of dredging on the Red River?

Question No. 77
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

(a) In the mid-1990’s the federal government’s program review exercise concluded that the Canadian Coast Guard’s CCG dredging program in commercial channels was a non-core activity. The government’s decision to withdraw from dredging was also based in part on the 1995 recommendation of the Standing Committee on Transport. This decision was made on a national level and applies to waterways across the country. Accordingly, the CCG is not funded to provide maintenance dredging in commercial channels except in the international waterways of the Great Lakes where Canada has a commitment to the United States. As part of the withdrawal of dredging services on the Red River, the CCG is reviewing the options regarding the two river retaining walls at the mouth of the river.

(b) The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for the two river retaining walls at the mouth of the Red River. These structures were built to help reduce the rate of sedimentation in the shipping channel. The retaining walls are in a deteriorated condition and are at risk of becoming a hazard to navigation. The department is examining the possibility of removing the structures or part of the structures in the interest of safety. An environmental assessment of this proposal is underway. The department has also undertaken a study to identify the impact that removing the walls would have on the habitat of fish species living in the vicinity of the wall. The study will also identify mitigation measures.

(c) The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is considering divesting a number of its marine structures where interested parties can be identified. Divestiture of the retaining walls in the Red River could be an option to their removal, if there is interest. This possibility will be examined before a decision is made to remove the walls.

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
Routine Proceedings

3:30 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, if Questions Nos. 34 and 75 could be made orders for return, the returns would be tabled immediately.